Popular Coaster Doesn’t Open With Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Again)

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For well over a week, fan-favorite Walt Disney World Resort thrill ride — the Expedition Everest roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park — has been experiencing unexpected interruptions on a regular basis.

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Related: Joe Rohde Discusses the Expedition Everest Yeti Problem

In fact, on several occasions, the coaster hasn’t even opened with the theme park. This happened again this morning — Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at 8 a.m. EST and, at 8:01 a.m., Twitter account WDW Stats confirmed that Expedition Everest was temporarily unavailable….again:

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 54 minutes.

Related: Two Popular Animal Kingdom Rides Close Back-to-Back

At the time of publication, Expedition Everest has not reopened.

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Related: EPCOT Attraction Remains Closed For Hours

It is important to note that Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members do everything they can to keep rides and attractions at all four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — operational all day, every day.

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Related: Popular Magic Kingdom Attraction Has Been Closed Nearly ALL Day

However, from time to time, unexpected closures do occur whether they are due to mechanical issues or general maintenance. If you are at Walt Disney World Resort today, check the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date wait times and ride closures.

More on Expedition Everest

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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.

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