So, yes, today started the Cast Member Preview of DAKs Expedition Everest and let me tell you this ride is monsterous! I only got a chance to ride once so forgive me if i miss a few details.
The queue was short and as usual sported very detailed craftsmanship. Even more impressive was that they actually had on display artifacts, replicas and pictures of actual trips to mt everest. This was of course in addition to the elaborate measures taken to make you feel as if you were at base camp getting ready to climb to the summit. The inside portion of the queue had a museum feel to it. there were display cases with replicas of hiking gear and Yeti replicas as well as some tribal masks. the boarding station arrived quickly. when the train pulls into the station it blows "steam" out of the rear as if it were an old steam train realsing pressure. theres no hesitation as the thrills begin. Almost too soon you find yourself zooming in and out of mountainous terrain. Its fast. Then of course we make our way toward the summit as we hit the big lift. The drop is exhilirating and exciting. the banking turn back up into the mountain is forceful. we headed up another small hill and then sunddenly our train hit a dead end... we stopped... the track a head of us was mangled and broken... we started rolling backward back inside the mountain (on a different track). This cant be good. Faster and faster we zoom backward through the cold dark interior of Everest. Then we stopped suddenly again. The silhouette of a bridge hung ominously over head, then without warning something mean roared and jumped out onto the bridge. The YETI! It torn the bridge apart and in a moment of heroics our train sped forward again (on totally different track again) back outside the mountain as we try and flee the dangerous snow monster. Weve almost made it. One more pass through the mtn and were safe... Not quite. This time as we enter there he stands, in all his glory, the meanest looking beast in all of Asia, the infamous YETI. At least 15 ft tall with hands about 4 feet in diameter, he hangs onto the bridge he destroyed earlier by one hand swinging at and barely missing our train with the other. A close call. At last we are safe... Lets do it again!
The ride was amazing. Although it felt a little short. That could be because you stop twice in the middle of it. The yeti is really an amazing peice of imagineering. It is unlike anything Ive ever seen before. And it just doesnt sit there. It actually moves. It must be the largets AA ever. You fly by so fast though you only get to see it for a second. I cant wait to get off work tomorrow so I can go again. Next time Ill try to get a picture of the Yeti for you. In the meantime enjoy.