Two Popular Animal Kingdom Rides Close Back-to-Back

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This morning, two popular rides at Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park experienced unexpected downtime back-to-back.

Tree of Life
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The popular roller coaster, Expedition Everest, temporarily closed at 8:04 a.m. EST, as noted by WDW Stats on Twitter:

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 71 minutes.

Related: EPCOT Attraction Remains Closed For Hours

Just four minutes later, at 8:08 a.m. EST, DINSOSAUR also experienced a temporary interruption:

DINOSAUR has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 34 minutes.

At the time of publication, neither ride has reopened.

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It is important to note that, although Disney Parks Cast Members do everything they can to keep rides operational all day long, sometimes unexpected temporary closures do occur — these can be caused by mechanical issues or general maintenance needs.

More on Expedition Everest

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Related: Joe Rohde Discusses the Expedition Everest Yeti Problem

Disney officially describes Expedition Everest as:

Wander into a Tibetan village at the base of Mount Everest and board a train to the “top of the world.” Beware: Some say a legendary snow monster lives deep in the mountain.

After a steep ascent, your train picks up speed and races into the darkness. Without warning, a broken and twisted track appears in front of you. Brace yourself as you plummet backward into total darkness. Inside the cavern, the mythical tale comes true as you see the shadow of a massive, growling beast!

Race to escape the cursed mountain—before the Yeti claims another expedition.


dinosaur ride at animal kingdom
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Disney officially describes the DINOSAUR ride as:

A paleontologist recruits you for a secret mission to bring a 3.5-ton Iguanadon back to the present. There’s just one problem—the giant meteor that wiped out life on Earth is on the way!

Board a rugged Time Rover vehicle and set off on a thrilling adventure through a primeval forest filled with life-like dinosaurs. Careen through unpredictable hairpin turns. Dart around a fearsome Velociraptor hunting for prey. Avoid the clutches of a Cearadactylus soaring overhead!

As the clock counts down, fiery meteors crash down around you. Will you make your escape before the dinosaurs—and you—become extinct?

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