Animal Kingdom Opened Without an Incredibly Popular Ride

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Expedition Everest sign

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This morning, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort opened without one of its most popular attractions. The Expedition Everest roller coaster experienced unexpected downtime as soon as the theme park opened its gates at 8:00 a.m. EST.

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WDW Stats on Twitter confirmed the ride’s temporary closure:

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 57 minutes.

Related: EPCOT Attraction Remains Closed For Hours

At the time of publication, Expedition Everest remains closed.

It is important for Disney World Guests to keep in mind that Cast Members do everything in their power to make sure all rides and attractions remain operational daily. However, from time to time, unanticipated downtime does occur due to both mechanical problems and routine maintenance.

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If you are visiting any of Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — make sure to check the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone for the latest ride closure information and wait times.

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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.

Are you at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park today?

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