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    Thumbs up TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Hi all..
    Got up this morning promptly at 8am and threw G-Fan out of bed...literally in order to arrive at DAK for our chance to preview WDW's newest attraction, "Expedition: Everest". Got to DAK at about 9am and the place was already buzzing with APers and DVCers eagerly anticipating to ride EE.

    ***MANY SPOILERS AHEAD*****

    We went thru the main DAK gates and towards the Asia entrance, turned right and there just a bit farther ahead from the newly built DVC kiosk, we encountered our first view of the masses ahead walking towards EE at a brisk pace. First up, several Guest Relation CMs were on hand to check our APs and photo IDs in order to allow us to access the ride. This was being done in order to hold back the regular guests from intruding into this special preview for those of us who are lucky enough to give WDW some business in a more repetitive way than your average tourist. After all the ID and AP checks were done...we were off towards EE's queue.

    As we approached the entrance to the ride, we noticed signs advicing guests to obtain a gift ticket and/or FP to ride... We got both. The FP allowed us to return later and ride again. The Gift Ticket, also being dispensed thru the regular FP machine was to receive our free AP/DVC lanyard and pin, one per person. Who knew the FP machines were so versatile??? After obtaining both ticket and FPs, we headed towards the Stand-by Line which was posted at 25 mins long.

    Here is where the fun began. As we entered the queue, we could not help notice the more than elaborate surroundings and architecture, a queue that takes you thru a Himalayan village and temples, a Museum dedicated to expeditions up into Everest Peak, and such. The queue takes you thru what appear to be mini temples of Yeti gods of sorts... adorned with colorful cloths and flags and the like. Many artifacts and even thur an expedition preparation warehouse..where we see expedition gears, attires, pots and pans.. and the like. Then we go into a Museum and it is here where the story behind the ride can be better appreciated...as we reads about the Yeti legend and myths..as well as photographic evidence of the Yeti and even the story of a a lost expedition that never returned back from the mountain, leaving behind only artifacts and photos which are evidence of the dangers they encountered while up in Everest... this was our first clue of danger ahead.

    After several more minutes of twists and turns, we finally arrived at the boarding platform. I noticed that the deboarding and the embarking take place at two different areas of the long and curved platform which makes for very efficient and expeditious turning of guests thru the ride. While the boarding area is under a roof, the opposite side of the train's track is open air and affords a most enjoyable view of the garden and bamboo forrest just outside the ride. We were assigned row 14 for our first trip up the mountain, got on quickly taking our seats and stowing our belongings in pouches in front of our legs and lowering the restraining bar. Each guest gets a retraining bar, making it safer and more efficient for guests as the bar securely holds guests of difference sizes in the same row (no more 'loose fitting lapbar' if your companion is bigger than you in the tummy...) Anyways...

    We are dispatched off the platform as the sound of...nothing but fresh cool air can be heard upon hitting our ears.. The ride at this point is very smooth and silent. A quick U-turn to the right and we are going up the first hill which again..is very quiet in mechanism... no more clink clink of the lift chain as we climb... very smooth and silent. At the top of this quick lift, we then drop into a small hill banking to the left and passing by the bottom of a waterfall on the side of the mountain, turing around a rocky area, thru some hilly terrain and picking up a bit of speed as we turn left and start going up the main lift. Once on the main lift, as we got thru a small village teetering at the top of a small mountain, we can view some more artifacts and cool south asian style painting of the Yeti as we climb.. The climb up the main hill affords some stupendous views of other areas of WDW... Look to the left..there is TOT and Spaceship Earth.. Look right, there is DAK in all it's splendor. Look back..and.. well.. I didn't look back, sorry.

    Once we arrive at the top of Everest, now we find ourselves in a most chilly state of glee, as the surroundings have turned icy and perilious in nature..adding to the feel is the chilly fog that seems to permiate from the icy walls around us. We make a hasty left turn and go thru a small foggy tunnel and slightly upward when... *GASP* ..the train tracks ahead of us are torn apart severely. We spot a flying hawk at the top of the mountain but are not sure what this means... We sit there pondering what we'll do next, but suddenly, we start going backwards into a dark tunnel where our train picks up speed and goes thru some twists and turns until we come to a complete stop into a huge cave... It is here where we see a projected shadow of the Yeti, standing on top of the tracks, roaring and then tearing the tracks apart in delight... Upon such sight, our train then pushes forward out of the cave an into a huge drop and helix out the side of the mountain... We SCREAM!!.. the our speedy train re-enters the mountain... we see a pair of glaring eyes go by on our right side, then we plunge again thru darkness...out the mountain in a speedy left turn bank and then end up inside the mountain...where we pull at full speed into a huge cave where our terror of Everest, Mr. Yeti himself, in all his hairy glory can quickly be seen standing over our heads in what appeared to be a menacing stance and ready to attack. He goes by quickly and before we know it...the train comes out of the cave and breaks into a slower mode...and we arrive back at the boarding station. Once we disembark, we are ushered quickly into the Bazaar, where you can go shopping after such hair-raising encounter with the Yeti and living to tell (or shop). ..and *that's* Expedition Everest to you.

    *MY OPINION ON IT NOW*...

    OK, I am the first to admit that I enjoyed Expedition: Everest a lot.. for what it is: a cool coaster ride thru some heavily themed areas and lovely gardens. Even the queue was enjoyable, and dare I say..more heavily themed than the ride itself. It is during the queue that you learn a lot about the ride's story and get to see some cool props thrown in for the sake of great story-telling. I urge you to go thru the Stand by line at least on your very first time so you can immerse yourself into this adventure. Please note...there is also FP *and* a single rider line as well.. but that queue is not as enjoyable and heavily themed as the stand by queue. Close by the FP line, you will also find a train car sitting there by the wall, with the purpose of measurement. Those who may be a bit too big or too small in body size to ride, may try sitting here to see if you are able to safely ride within the lapbar and space limitations. If you need to use this service, you will need to ask a CM to direct you to it since this "sample train" is not quite visible from the outside of the queue.

    Anyways... I did enjoy the little details, down to the whistle of the train as it departs the station and goes up hill, and the smoke effect of the train's engine. All very cute touches that enhance the experience greatly. As you ride (and even thru the queue) the landscapping is simple but yet very effective, where bushes and bamboo are put to great use to enhance the mood and beautify the area.

    As for the ride experience itself... The trains are quite smooth and silent, even when going uphill. I hardly noticed any chains noises as we went uphill during the ride. However...there are some theming technicalities here... The change from bamboo to icy caverns seemed a bit abrupt as there was no building up in scenery...meaning... no patches of ice or signs that we are going into cold temperatures... Once at the top, the effect of being in an icy cavern is convinging enough. The torn tracks is a great fear enhancer and the faux bird of prey floating by the icy peak, while a bit too static, is a cute touch.. but made me wonder if such bird do exist in such hard cold enviroments... Then there is the backward portion of the ride.... while fun to go in reverse at somewhat fast speed, the effect was killed to me by the fact that you can see thur huge open cracks thru the sides of the track itself where I got glimpses of what appeared to be "backstage" areas within the mountain and thru which a bit of outdoor light filtered thru.. It would have been a much more enjoyable thing is we had been totally in the dark and unable to see anything as we raced backward...and I am sure it would be best if this portion of the ride was experienced at night... maybe.

    The Yeti projection inside the cave is quite nice and fluide...as I believe it may be done thru digital projection.. so that was quite cool.. I was not sitting in the front seat so I could not see the dreaded track switch many have talked about here, but I would not let that bother me one bit.

    The big drop off the front of the mountain is thrilling enough to make you scream in joy and much to my surprise..it was quite smooth as well as I had anticipating this moment to be a neck breaker, but in reality, it was well executed and I *loved* it. Back into the mountain...if you don't look right, you will miss a pair of eyes looking at you...

    Then the train picks up speed outside the bottom of the mountain (with minimal theming here, just gardens which was not apar with the rest of the ride I'd say..) but the g-forces do enhance the joy of those who love coasters... mind you. This is not neck breaking speed but Disney-enjoyable and faster than those other Mountains at the MK. When we go back into the mountain...again, we re-enter at somewhat high speed for our encounter with Yeti, which is seen just above us as we zoom by. The Yeti itself was more "cute" than "scary". Very hairy with a monkey like face of sorts... Kind of a dark redhead... It made me heart go *pump* since I am into redheads... and he reminded me of G-Fan, right down to the hairy chest. However, much has been said about this AA being the biggest Disney has ever created... Hmmm... where? at WDW? Because frankly...the Lava Monster inside TDS' JTTCOTE seems bigger than this hairy guy. But maybe it's the angle and the speed in which we travel that made the yeti appears smaller than I thought it would be. Still, it is an enjoyable moment in the ride but...remember to look *UP* and don't blink, or you will miss him.

    Quickly, and kind of anticlimatic...we are back at the boarding platform. TOTAL RIDE TIME: 2 mins and 45 secs.

    In typical Disney fashion...we get off the ride and the queue takes you into the gift shop which today, I found to be quite crowded and somewhat difficult to navigate as merchandise stands seem to block the way out for those who'd prefer to just walk past it and out the door promptly. The merchandise in there is Ok at the very least...your average stuff such as tee's, pins, post cards, a cool everest snowglobe and photo frame and other plushes and things...

    IS IT WORTH IT??? You may ask... Yes it is. EE is simply a fun fun fun coaster adventure and one that can be enjoyed over and over...one of those mindless rides you just have to do when you go into DAK, and one that will definitely become very popular as word spreads out, and deservedly so...at a rumored $100 million price tag. This is not Disney at it's very best but it's definitely a delightful ride that will tickle your funny bones and make you return to the Peak for more. Go check it out

    TDLFAN rates it a B+

    Now here are the obligatory photos to go with this post... Enjoy.

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    Questions and comments welcomed.

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Great review. Haven't checked your pics yet.

    I was at DAK yesterday. I would agree overall with your review. I even forgot to note seeing some of the infrastructure and some light coming thru in the tunnels (can you believe I forgot to complain about something?)

    As to the eyes of the yeti you saw on the right before the big encounter. I took six trips yesterday and never saw them. I can't believe I'd miss them, so I wonder if the effect wasn't working?

    I just am impressed that I made it on not one but two (DCA's Monsters Inc. ride) new Disney attractions before my favorite world-traveler, TDLFAN. Heck, I might make it three with DLP's Buzz Lightyear unless you're making an April trip.

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Just FYI... the eyes are there... but I didn't notice them either till ride 16... it's hard to miss them. lol

    And that's not a hawk at the top of that mountain. It's a Griffon Vulture...
    ( http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/prio...ngriffon.shtml )

    They also have photos of & info about him in the line queue.

    Also, it might be a Cinereous Vluture... It's hard to tell which it is.
    ( http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/priors/dolores.shtml )

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Great review.... I have a friend going to DAK today to ride EE as well Cannot wait to here her review too! Thanks for posting the pics. Hoping to get to WDW this spring sometime
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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Hey TDL...

    So glad to read your review... and even happier that's it's so overwhelmingly positive. I really like that you take your Disney park experiences seriously, and it's nice to read some good news about Walt Disney World from you.

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Did you get your "Scream Like a Girl" t-shirt?

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Thanks for the comments Ron.. Hope to se you down here in June...

    Mike, as for the "Scream Like a Girl" tee... I saw them and didn't getone because it's a muscle shirt and I have no shape in my upper torso to wear it well...

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Thanks for the review - well written and thought out.
    I know you don't let Disney get away with much in your other reviews and reports, so I'm gald to hear you like - it gives me hope the EE is a quality experience worthy of Disney.

    Ps - this review is the first mention of the eyes I've seen - nice spot!


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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    I have to agree with your review about 95%. I noticed the bits of light in the dark part...but not nearly enough to ruin it for me at all. I think there will be enough vegitation in a bit, it is a preview after all. The queue is uberly themed and the ride is very quite smooth and effiecient and very fun. Riders will not be dissapointed.

    I do disagree that "you blink and miss the yeti". I was supprised at how much time they gave you to see him. I figured it would be a "suprise" and "Oh $**!" kind of quick sighting but it wasn't.

    I love the views of EPCOT and AK...and looking back is still fun. I'm old enough to know not everything is magical...backstage Kali River is cool to me.

    TDL Fan...row 14...is that the only row you tried? If not what part of the train did you find better?

    I think this is the only coaster I've ever been on that I'll say I like the front better...the forces in the back (at least in the last row) were too much for me in the backwards part.

    Though from the sounds of it you didn't encounter the Sat AM confusion with CMs and lines that I did.

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    TDFAN, I appreciate the detail in your review.

    As to the fleeting sighting of the Yeti, I have thought about it. I think it makes him more mysterious. After all, some might not believe in his existance.

    Over all, I am impressed that Disney really made an effort with this attraction to give you a new experience, with a story.
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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Thanks! That was a wonderful read! Now, if only I had plans to go to FL sometime soon.

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    I do disagree that "you blink and miss the yeti". I was supprised at how much time they gave you to see him. I figured it would be a "suprise" and "Oh $**!" kind of quick sighting but it wasn't.
    Seems a bit too short of a sighting since I am used to the Lava Monster at TDS' JTTCOTE where you get an eyefull of him at very slow moving speed. However, the point I tried to make was..that for some less adventurous guests such as those who lower their heads during fast portions of the ride, they will miss this most important and climatic moment if they don't look up as they speed thru the Yeti's cave. BTW..I still believe the Lava Monster is the biggest AA ever for Disney, or at least, it looks like that to me.


    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    TDL Fan...row 14...is that the only row you tried? If not what part of the train did you find better?
    I only rode twice...row 14 and row 6 the 2nd time around. They both felt similar in motion and g-forces to me.


    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    Though from the sounds of it you didn't encounter the Sat AM confusion with CMs and lines that I did.
    No, I only went to DAK on Friday, and may or may not visit later today (monday), just to check if the ride is open for soft opening previews to regular guests, though doubtful.

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    I hope when I ride this ride, my train gets stuck next to the Yeti. Wouldn't that be a blast?

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    BTW..I still believe the Lava Monster is the biggest AA ever for Disney, or at least, it looks like that to me.
    Thats a shame, Mr Yeti was supposed to be bigger.
    But in JJTCE you dont race by the Lava Monster?? How long do you get to see him?

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    Re: TDLFAN's Everest Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill
    Just FYI... the eyes are there... but I didn't notice them either till ride 16... it's hard to miss them. lol

    And that's not a hawk at the top of that mountain. It's a Griffon Vulture...
    ( http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/prio...ngriffon.shtml )

    They also have photos of & info about him in the line queue.

    Also, it might be a Cinereous Vluture... It's hard to tell which it is.
    ( http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/priors/dolores.shtml )
    I assume it is a vulture native to the Everest area? And it seems to be a portent of doom (see Splash).
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