Expedition Everest Officially Closed, Will Remain Unavailable For Months

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If you are visiting Walt Disney World in the next few months, you should know that Expedition Everest will, unfortunately, be unavailable due to a lengthy refurbishment. Beginning today, January 4, 2022, the fan-favorite coaster will be closed as it is undergoing some work.

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According to the Walt Disney World refurbishment calendar, Expedition Everest will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment from January 4, 2022 to mid-April. At this time, we unfortunately do not have a set reopening date for Expedition Everest, nor do we know exactly what the refurbishment will entail; however, many are hoping to see the iconic yeti animatronic get fixed.

If you aren’t familiar, when the popular coaster, Expedition Everest, first opened in 2006, the massive yeti animatronic would roar and reach down to grab Guests as they raced underneath him, making for a unique experience. Unfortunately, though, shortly after the Animal Kingdom attraction opened to Guests, the yeti animatronic broke down and has remained in its same “lifeless” state ever since.

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Related: Expedition Everest Has a Secret Animatronic Only Some Guests Can See

Though many are hoping for the yeti to get fixed during this multi-month closure, reports have recently come in that this refurbishment will focus on the ride control system, and not with improvements of show or the yeti. As always, Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.

As with all refurbishments, this is subject to change and to ensure the most up-to-date information, check the My Disney Experience app or Walt Disney World website.

More on Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The Walt Disney World website 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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Related: Expedition Everest Is a Hidden Mickey AND A Hidden Oswald

Are you sad to see Expedition Everest undergo a multi-month refurbishment? Is it affecting your plans? Let us know in the comments below.

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