Big news coming out of Walt Disney World Resort! After Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was seemingly closed indefinitely, Disney has revealed its reopening date!
The popular roller coaster attraction, Expedition Everest looms over the Asia portion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Typically, as Guests approach Asia screams can be heard from thrill riders braving the coaster and its terrifying Yeti.
The attraction closed on January 4, 2022, to begin a lengthy refurbishment. Initially, Disney noted the attraction would be closed through mid-April 2022, but recent updates to the refurbishment calendar showed the attraction refurb extending into May.
Now, as shown in the Disney website screenshot below for Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance, Disney has added “Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (beginning April 16, 2022)**”. After August 7, the attraction could move back to being an a la carte individual Lightning Lane attraction.
Even though we aren’t thrilled we’ll need to pay the $15 per person, per day if we want to take advantage of skipping the line for Expedition Everest, we’re just happy to have a Saturday, April 16, 2022 reopening date.
Shortly after Expedition Everest opened in 2006, the Disney Park legendary Yeti animatronic broke. The Yeti’s framing split and has been deemed a “threatening catastrophic malfunction.” Disney went to plan B which was adding a strobe-light effect around the Yeti animatronic to give it the appearance of moving. The “fix” birthed the nickname “Disco Yeti” for the massive animatronic.
While we wish we could say Disney was fixing the broken Yeti during this long refurbishment, rumors are that the refurbishment was for the ride control system only.
After over 3 months of closure, enjoy riding Expedition Everest when it reopens this weekend!