Disney Park Practically Empty After Ride Closes Indefinitely

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Expedition Everest

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It seems like one Disney Park is rather empty after one of its biggest rides shut down earlier this year for an indefinite amount of time.

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While Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some truly incredible rides like Flight of Passage at Pandora – The World of Avatar or DINOSAUR in DINOLand U.S.A., few attractions compare to the beastly nature of Expedition Everest. Found in the Asia section of the Park, Expedition Everest is an intense, frightening, and thrilling roller coaster that puts GUests face to face with the terrifying Yeti.

Unfortunately, right now Guests cannot experience this ride due to the fact that it is closed. We reported on this earlier but as of a few days ago, the closure is now indefinite with no time frame given on when it will return.

Expedition Everest Night
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Without Expedition Everest, it seems like Animal Kingdom is struggling to keep Guests entertained, at least in the area of the Park it resides. As shown in a Reddit post, one Guest discussed how empty it felt. See the full post below from u/PaleontologistGuy:

With Everest closed, this whole half of the park is a ghost town

With Everest closed, this whole half of the park is a ghost town from WaltDisneyWorld

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As you can see, the area of the Park surrounding Expedition Everest is empty, a “ghost town”. Hopefully, the ride will return soon!

Previously, Disney’s website noted that “From January 4 through mid-April 2022, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be closed for refurbishment”, but now it seems as though the closure is set on an indefinite schedule.

Many Guests were hoping that since the attraction would be down for such a long period that this meant Disney would fix the illustrious Yeti, which so many wish to see swinging at them once again while they speed through the forbidden mountain. But, Disney has noted that the Yeti is not the reason for the refurbishment, so it seems that “disco Yeti” will be sticking around for quite some time. Check out our ultimate guide on the ride here.

Expedition Everest in distance
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More on Expedition Everest

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.

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.
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Do you miss Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Disney World’s water parks, four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

If you want to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there is a ton to see and do! You can head over to Expedition Everest in Asia (when it is not under refurbishment) to visit the terrifying Yeti. Pandora will bring your Avatar dreams to life with Flight of Passage bringing Guests into the world of the Na’vi. DINOSAUR is still filled with giant dinos at every turn, and over at Kilimanjaro Safaris, you can take a ride on a real safari, and if you are lucky, a giraffe might even step in your way! A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is now running, and the show is not one you should miss.

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