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It will not move anytime soon. The gigantic pneumatic machine that shoots it out leaks oil by the waterfall. They can’t remove the machine without taking the top of Everest apart. I went on a backstage tour of the ride a few times and that gets told to us. Technically not supposed to share that info either.
Can they just put Everest under for a long refurb since they have World of Avatar and fix that monster already?
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Disney World, longer than I realized until reading this article. I had ridden Everest when it was nearly new, and the yeti moved then. I was at the ride just before closing and rode it three times in a row with no lines. I returned a couple of years later, spending six days and staying on site to take advantage of extra magic hours and experience Animal Kingdom and especially Expedition Everest at night. It moved then too, and it’s great in the dark.
I haven’t been back since, so I never knew it had stopped moving. That’s really disappointing. I really enjoyed that bit.
As Yakin Yeti said, they turned it off because it was dangerous, not because they wanted to. I used to work in the land and we were told that “Betty” the Yeti was too strong for her own good. Her movements were too violent and it was under estimated how much stress that would put on the supports for her and they started to show signs of wear so they had to shut it off. Fixing it would require them to replace the whole structure which, with Bob Chapek as CEO, ain’t gonna happen.
It was stopped because the motion of the arm was enough to move the support structure. I thought this was common knowledge by now.
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