Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Expedition Everest - one of my favorite Disney icons

Did you know that the tallest mountain in Florida is Mt Everest?  Well...the Everest that is part of Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.


Everest is one of my family's favorite rides in all of the park.  And I love it not only because it's a great thrill ride, but because the attention to detail on the ride is just top notch.  Actually it wasn't until late last year that I actually walked through the regular stand-by queue (rather than just using a fast pass) - and I had no idea that I was missing so very much.  You actually walk through a museum of sorts showcasing animals around Everest as well as sightings of the Yeti.


Everest is located in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom - and again, here, the attention to detail is amazing.  There are temple ruins where apes play.

As you approach the ride from Africa, you can see a temple - and see that the shape of the temple actually lines up with the shape of Everest.


(This is also a great place to find a photopass photographer and get yourself a family picture!)

And - on the other side of this temple are steps leading down to the water - which you really can't even see unless you are on the other side of the lake.  Again, it's all in the details!


There are Tibetan prayer flags around the attraction.


And of course, the ride itself.  Which is well loved even as we approach the end of the tracks.  And we love our glimpses of the Yeti.



And to top it all off, the gift shop at the exit of the ride is also a favorite.  We always make a point of doing crazy poses for our pictures.

They have great ride t-shirts.  Books about Everest and the Yeti.  And our favorite souvenir - Yeti hats!


So...what about you?  Have you ridden Expedition Everest?  Do you have a favorite Disney icon?





Katrina

5 comments:

  1. You are so right- there are incredible details within this Icon. Another great choice!!

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  2. Great Icon choice and I love the Yeti hats - super cute!

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  3. What beautiful pictures!! I agree EE queue is full of amazing details. Your girls are just adorable! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the hop!

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  4. Great post! Thanks so much for walking me through this ... I got to feel like I was there!

    Since I have tiny and/or timid riders in my family, and mom doesn't get to sneak off and go on wild rides - this one's a few years off for me. :) Gorgeous shots!

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  5. Love these photos! and definitely one of my favorite rides!

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Thanks so much for saying "hello!" I like to know that I am not talking to myself :-)