Joe Rohde Speaks Out on Guests Tossing Hair Ties on Expedition Everest

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If you have ever been on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, you may have noticed that there are a lot of hair ties at the top of the mountain.

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For some odd reason, when Guests approach the broken tracks of Expedition Everest, it has become a tradition for many to toss a hair tie on the rockwork before going backward. There are probably hundreds if not thousands of hair ties that have been thrown on top of the rocks in the past, and even when Cast Members remove the hair ties, the mountain is quickly replenished shortly after.

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Retired Imagineer Joe Rohde (@Joe_Rohde), one of the Imagineers who created the attraction, often takes to Twitter to answer Disney fan questions and was asked about the infamous hair tie collection on top of Everest.

That is apparently an organically developed tradition that came as a surprise. In the Himalayas it’s little rocks piled at the top of a pass…at Disney’s Animal Kingdom it’s hair ties I guess.

On many water attractions, Guests often toss in coins that Disney collects for charity. Of course, you cannot donate hair ties to charity, so they likely are thrown in the trash after being collected. From the tone of Rohde’s Tweet, it seems that he is not upset about the tradition that was created around the attraction after comparing it to the Himalayas!

Disney describes Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain as: 

Yeti or Not, Here He Comes!
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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A Word of Warning
Some parts of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain may be scary for children. This attraction features loud noises, fast drops, high speeds, dark places and frightening creature effects.

Play Disney Parks Achievement Available
Download the Play Disney Parks app to earn digital achievements for experiencing attractions and entertainment, including Expedition Everest! You can also earn achievements for playing games and other fun activities—both in the parks and at home.

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As a reminder, from January 4 through mid-April 2022, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be closed for refurbishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Have you ever tossed a hair tie on Expedition Everest? 



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