Expedition Everest—Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Expedition Everest
Photo via purchased Disney PhotoPass CD

Alrighty, we have learned while we played at Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama, outrun extinction on DINOSAUR, and relaxed with a snack at the many eateries the Park has to offer. Let’s keep moving onward to the next Animal Kingdom adventure!

Expedition Everest—Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is one of my favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World Resort. Added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2006, it gave thrill seekers a reason to visit and brought a second weinie to the Park. It also helped reinforce the Park’s claim that it is most definitely “NotAZoo.”

Expedition Everest
Photo via purchased Disney PhotoPass CD

This breathtaking piece of Himalayan mountain range is an impressive engineering and artistic masterpiece. As we learned in this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, each of the three structural systems are separate, independently functioning systems that co-exist inside the mountain without interfering with each other. That’s quite an engineering feat! Not only that, but the mountain range containing the system is equally impressive in its natural, realistic appearance. Imagineers utilized special design techniques to create this view. The Forbidden Mountain is actually the one in the foreground, while Everest is to the back, giving a relation of depth to the scene.

As we mentioned previously, Animal Kingdom was originally intended to encompass both real, living animals and mythical, imagined creatures. Well, Expedition Everest’s Yeti fits both categories! To the people of the mountainous regions of southwestern China, India, Nepal, and Tibet, the Yeti is more than legend. Since no live Yeti has been brought into captivity, Imagineers pulled from descriptions and stories passed from generation to generation of Asian populations in the shadow of the Himalayas and combined biological research to create an 18-foot-tall Audio-Animatronics (the largest ever created by WDI), very lifelike, believable being. The creature is both mythical and real to the people of the southern Asia; however, the Yeti is not to be feared. He is the revered protector of the forest. When Disney’s Yeti chases Guests off the Forbidden Mountain, he’s really just doing his job!

Today’s Takeaway:
Did you know?

  • The Himalayas are the world’s largest mountain system. The range includes the infamous Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, which peaks at 29,028 feet above sea level.
  • The majority of the continent of Asia is north of the equator.
  • Asia’s land area is about 30 percent of the Earth’s entire surface.

Let's Travel Through AsiaVisit “Let’s Travel Through Asia” on Squidoo for a very thorough unit study about the continent of Asia. You will cover geography, social studies, history, foreign language, and more, with skill levels ranging from elementary through high school.

Include in that unit study: Recently, a teenage American boy became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest and has set a goal to scale all seven of the Earth’s highest peaks. What are those seven mountains? What are their elevations? Assemble Styrofoam craft cones of varying sizes and shapes into one scale model range of the seven mountains.

SCHOOL SUBJECT: Geography, Social Science, History, Foreign Language
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary, Middle Grades, High School

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  • http://kevinjsmith.me Kevin Smith

    Amazing ride! The Yak & Yeti restaurant on the way to Everest is an awesome restaurant to take a break at as well.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Indeed it is!

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.peterson.18 Megan Peterson

    I was pregnant and unable to ride this when we visited.. Can’t wait to ride it when we return next year!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Aw, congratulations on your little one! You’ll enjoy this ride, I’m sure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/klizb Karen Barta

    We LOVED this attraction! The only bummer was that when we were there, the Yeti was broken. But still AWESOME! We took my mom with us last time, and she did not think she wanted to go to Animal Kingdom, (thought she could ‘go to the zoo at home”). We dragged her anyway (with the promise that we would go to ‘real Disney” aka Magic Kingdome later) and lo and behold, it was one of her favorite parks!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Too funny! I think a lot of people miss out because of their misconceptions like that. I’m glad you forced her to experience the magic of Animal Kingdom! Sadly, I think the Yeti is permanently non-functional, but they use strobe lights and sound effects to keep him scary 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.starwald Dawn Muller Starwald

    By far the BEST ride at Animal Kingdom!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I agree!!!

  • Rochelle M.

    Nice way to tie in geography with Disney. Makes it much more interesting.

    I didn’t realize the Yeti was so tall!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      He’s big! That’s why he’s scary even when he’s not working right 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfred.menna Alfred Menna

    expedition Everest is a great ride. just wish they could get the yeti to work again.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I do too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.g.haynes Cathy Gregoire Haynes

    haven’t been on it yet. The last time i was at Disney it broke down just as we were heading over

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Bummer! Hope you get another chance!

  • Taralyn Parker

    My daughter will be tall enough to ride when we go in May, so excited!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yay! My youngest will get to ride in September too! My daughter’s been big enough for quite awhile, but she’s not brave enough yet 😉

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