Today was Animal Kingdom cast member preview and I had the priveledge to ride three times.
The ride suffers from fundamental flaws. It really is just a roller coaster that weaves through an elaborate mountain. Beyond the massive size of the mountain, it's color, and texture, it really isn't themed. The lift is awkwardly placed and incredibly contrived.
There really isn't a story. The ride has minimal audio. I thought I heard whoosing noises being played inside the caves, but I could've been imagining them. The only other audio is a tinkling charms when you go up the first lift and the Yeti's growling. There is no narration or explanation as to what is happening to you.
It's clear after you complete the backwards portion that what is happening to you is occuring because of the Yeti, but the shadow projection of the Yeti looks fake and isn't timed right.
Then I get super confused. If the vehicles are supposed to be a train service to Everest, why are there triple helix's placed behind the mountain, right next to the main lift? I understand these are needed for thrill - but the reason is not explained in true Disney fashion.
The Yeti is admittedly cool, but how much did he cost? I heard estimates in the millions being thrown around. You zoom by him and witness his desruction for about 4 seconds. That's sad.
Unfortunately, I was very unimpressed. It reminded me of a Big Thunder Mountain that was built in a bigger mountain with better technology. There is no real story and no real problem or conclusion. The ride is quick and the ending is anti-climatic.
Tragically, people will ooh and aah over this new "e-ticket". What ever happened to the incredible story telling that Disney used to combine with amazing technology? What has become of the days of Orlando's Tower and Anaheim's Indiana Jones?
I knew Everest was going to be a coaster, but I really thought it was going to be an ADVENTURE and not just... timid thrils with a pinch of theming.