Greetings all you people out there. I have some great news! I just saved a load of money on my car insurance by... err, nvm. LOL Anyway, expect Everest to be on soft opening beginning Feb 2nd. This soft opening means that Everest will be open almost on a daily basis from Feb. 2nd until the week around the grand opening April 7th. It is not guaranteed that you will get to ride, but it can be expected. During this time Everest will be in a test and adjust phase for the line queue... odd patterns of lines can be expected. And Everest will not be open everyday. Construction is still taking place on the ride to seal the inside to make the attraction pitch black on the backwards portions. When construction takes place, the ride will be closed, sometimes all day. Going to the attraction will be more of a hit or miss for the next two months, however it is under an official soft-opening beginning Feb. 2nd. This is being published in all marketing materials as well. But remember, during a soft-opening period, the ride is not always going to be open. If you go, I wish you the best of luck!
Now for the other part of this post. Everest is the first part of a project to get guests to stay later in the Animal Kingdom theme park. (And extend the park's hours)
This part is all highly rumored, so please, take it with a grain of salt, but know that it has a bit of merit to it.
On the drawing board is a new buffet-style full service restaurant in Asia, along with a new show set to open this Fall replacing the Tarzan Rocks show, and an un-announced (and in very early stages of planning) nighttime show for Discovery Lake in front of Everest. The show replacing Tarzan Rocks is highly rumored to be based upon Finding Nemo, however I can still not confirm this as fact. The nighttime show is too early in concept development to even be treated as something that will ever happen. The potential is there, but it's just way too early in the design of the show to even say that there will be a green light for construction.
Someone on another site said that Imagineers were looking at the boat docks on Discovery River to convert them into something. No word if this is for the rumored restaurant, an area for storing floats for a nighttime show, or a new atttraction based on the river. I'll keep you updated.
Anyway, that's the latest from the peanut gallery. On Everest and the Animal Kingdom in general. And that's the way the cookie crumbles, I'm Bru... I mean Bill.