Oh well... it was bound to happen sooner or later...
I rode Everest the other day while making a quick visit to DAK in the early evening hours... and did the Single Rider line exclusive to us not married people. So, after waiting about 10-15 mins or so... I boarded the train to Yetiland and we are off to a speedy start as usual... Go up the first small lift, then down the small drop, thinking to myself... "gee, we could have used a few animal AA's in these bushes before heading up the mountain.."
Anyways we pick up speed and hit the bottom of the big lift to the top of the Mountain... then *wham!* we come to a complete and very final stop as 90% of the train was already in 45 degree angle on the lift. Silence. One guest behind me goes.. "what happened?" Another in front of us go "OMG! we are going to die!!" (well not really... but she did say.."I think we broke") I think to myself... "yeah, you are definitely broke after a visit to WDW...get real!".
To make this story short and sweet (like me), the truth is... for some reason the ride shut down and power was lost. An automatic PA came over the speakers.. "We are sorry but the trip to Everst has been delayed..jada jada.." I am having visions of another DL Big Thunder mishap ahead of us on the track, but that was not the case... just a technical malfuntion that shut the ride down for over an hour or so. (we got to ride again later in the nightime; my first time doing so)
After a little while, 3 CMs appear out of nowhere... and told us we would be taken off the ride and we would walk back to the boarding station. One CM at the bottom of the lift yells... "NO photos or videos from this point on!" The CM at the top of the lift tell us, "oh, it's ok to take photos.. what is he talking about?" So here are the photos...
CM's come to evacuate the ride. The big guy was having heart failure just walking up these steps and I was really concered about him... sweating profusely.
We were old we'd be let out of the vehicles one row at a time... and so it goes..
We are told that once we are off the vehicles, to "stay put against the wall, away from the train".. something this kid did not understand.
Guests are helped out of the train, which sits on a 45 degree angle at this point in time. Trust me... it's quite hard to get out of these seats in this position... you have to basically climb upward to get out, then carefully, set your footing on the side of the train in order to have balance to climb out of the seat.
After all guests are de-boarded, we then walk alongside the track all the way back to the station. This is a similar walk-around to what the maintenance CMs do every evening...when they check for cracks and other anomalities on the track and ride.
The fun part of this... you get to see up close and personal the theming that went into this ride which is great. Walking in between the big and small mountain area of the track, gave me a very realistic sense of being in the Grand Canyon on tour..
Once we arrived back at the boarding areas, Disney did the honorable thing and gave everyone re-entry access passes to all who were inconvenienced by the malfuction.
...And that's all folks.
Final thoughts... I did return later and used my re-entry pass. It was already nightime. The mountain ligthing at night gives it a nice mysterious look... Not much can be seen in the outdoor lower portions of the ride as there is minimal lighting when the ride is "live". When the train comes to stop at the broken track..the prop is well illuminated. I however, miss the bird on the stick. This scene is bland without any aminated elements. When we go backwards, due to our eyes being used to the darkness, the indoor cracks that allow a decent view of the hollow interior of the mountain, can be much better appreciated here.. (BAD show) this needs to be fixed. Everything else was fine, but the yeti eyes on the right side of the track after the big drop were inop. However, your encounter with Yeti at the final moment of the ride looks much nicer at night. I could appreciate the entire scene much better and looked nicely lit, with Yeti's eyes glowing. In the daytime, your eyes do not adjust quickly for the scene, coming from outdoors into it at high speed..
But all in all... It was a great time getting stuck in Everest.