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Everything You Need to Know About Expedition Everest

Everything You Need to Know About Expedition Everest

first_imgShare This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.What Is Expedition Everest?©DisneyExpedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is Animal Kingdom’s take of a runaway train coaster in a mountain. Think of it as a combo of Disneyland’s Matterhorn and the Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain. This highly detailed coaster takes guests in and out of the snowy Forbidden Mountain to escape the legendary Yeti!Where Is Expedition Everest?Expedition Everest is located in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.What Is the History of Expedition Everest?Expedition Everest was announced April 22, 2003 for Animal Kingdom’s fifth anniversary. Imagineers, including the legendary Joe Rohde, spent six years creating the attraction and taking research trips to the Himalayas. Expedition Everest’s grand opening was held on April 7, 2006, and it became an instant classic and a much-needed thrill ride for Animal Kingdom. The mountain is also the tallest of all the Walt Disney World Resort mountains peaking at 199.5 feet!What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for Expedition Everest?Photo by DisneyThe queue for Expedition Everest is one of the best at Walt Disney World! Guests wind through the tour company office, outdoor shrines to the Yeti, a museum documenting Yeti sightings and evidence, and more before reaching the train platform to board the attraction. Both the indoor and outdoor portions of this richly layered queue immerse guests in both the story and the culture of the region being represented.What Are the Ride Vehicles Like for Expedition Everest?An Expedition Everest train can carry 34 passengers with 2 per row and 4 to 6 per car. Each row has two hard plastic seats with a tall back and an individual lap bar per guest.What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience for Expedition Everest?The ride experience begins peacefully enough, but that changes once the expedition train comes across torn up tracks. It was the Yeti! The train suddenly rockets backwards and into the mountain where guests get see the silhouette of the Yeti wreaking havoc. From here, the train goes forward and now in and out of the mountain before narrowly avoiding a close call with the legendary Yeti himself. For an optimal experience, ask to be seated up front—the first few rows offer the best front seat experience of any Disney coaster, indoor or outdoor. I personally suggest riding after dark. It’s one of those attractions which offers a different feel and experience after dark!Expedition Everest eaches top speeds of 50 mph. It can be jerky with sudden stops and even intense, but it’s not nearly as jerky as older Magic Kingdom coasters and surprisingly smooth at times. This 4-minute coaster ride falls somewhere between Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Rock n’ Roller Coaster in regards to thrill level due to its hills, turns, and high-speed plummets but no loops or inversions.Towards the end of the ride, guests will get a glimpse of the Yeti leaning over the track. It happens fast and is very dark, so many guests fail to see him at all. Once upon a time, the audio-animatronic Yeti moved and swiped his arm towards guests zipping by; but for years, the Yeti has been in “B-Mode”. This means he’s stationary with a strobe effect to simulate movement. This is why many over the years have referred to the Yeti as the “Disco Yeti.”What Do You Need to Know Accessibility for Expedition Everest?Guests must transfer to the ride vehicle to experience Expedition Everest. It’s also important to note that service animals are not permitted on this attraction.What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for Expedition Everest?For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.Those with a fear of heights should know the slow climb to the mountain offers dizzying views of the park below and other parks and their icons in the distance. Some consider it a beautiful view, but others may find it terrifying.What Are the Height Restrictions for Expedition Everest?Guests must be at least 44 inches to experience Expedition Everest. This attraction also offers Rider Swap.What Do You Need to Know About FastPass+ for Expedition Everest?Animal Kingdom has a tiered FastPass+ system, meaning that the park restricts the number of FastPass+ reservations guests can make for its top tier attractions at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Fortunately, Expedition Everest belongs to the second tier.While Expedition Everest should absolutely be a priority, a FastPass+ reservation is best used for Avatar Flight of Passage. Also, Expedition Everest offers a conveniently quick single-rider line.Does Weather Affect Expedition Everest?Since Expedition Everest is mostly an outdoor attraction, it will shut down for heavy rain or if there is severe weather or lightning in the area. It’s important to note some portions of the queue are exposed to the elements. There are mounted fans, but they don’t always help in the infamous Florida heat.What’s the Best Time of Day to Ride Expedition Everest?The shortest waits are almost always as soon as the park opens. Otherwise, try to ride Everest during the last hour the park is open.This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain when you visit on a day with a given Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain Wait Times.Did I answer all of your questions about Expedition Everest? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

SA congratulates new Zambian president

SA congratulates new Zambian president

first_img26 September 2011 South Africa has congratulated Michael Sata following his inauguration as Zambian president on Friday following a 10-man presidential race in the southern Africa country. “The South African government extends its sincere congratulations to President-elect, Mr Sata on his election,” the Presidency said in a statement. “In this regard, the South African government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong historical relations with Zambia.” According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Sata amassed a total of 1 150 045 votes, representing 43% compared with the incumbent, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, who polled 961 796 votes, representing 36.1%. The MMD has been the ruling party Zambia for the last 20 years; this was Sata’s fourth presidential election. South Africa further reiterated its commitment to continue working with the Zambian government and people for the mutual benefit of both nations. “The South African government also wishes to extend its appreciation and respect to all the candidates who participated in the elections, as well as to the sterling work carried out by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and all the institutions which have contributed to success of the democratic elections in Zambia.” South Africa had also taken note of the fact that, according to election observers, the poll met the criteria for being free, transparent and credible, and said this boded well for the consolidation of a democratic culture on the continent. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu represented South Africa at the inauguration. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Olympic qualifier: Women’s hockey team faces Azerbaijan

Olympic qualifier: Women’s hockey team faces Azerbaijan

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team will test its strength before the Olympic qualifier in a fourmatch test series against Azerbaijan starting on Sunday. Coach CR Kumar and the selectors will keenly watch the performance of the players and also their fitness.India will be up against Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine in the qualifier starting on February 18. The main challenge is expected to come from the South Africans, who are ranked a spot above India in 12th position.Playing against Azerbaijan, who are ranked two places below India, may not be the ideal preparation, but Kumar insisted he has his plans in place. The fact that Azerbaijan, too, are taking it as preparation for their Olympic qualifier in Japan will make the series competitive.Many seniors missed the two four-nation tournaments in Argentina last month either due to injury or some personal reasons, and are coming back after a long gap. Chanchan Devi, Joydeep Kaur, Mukta Prava Barla and Soundarya Yendala were injured during the series in Australia while Saba Anjum and Jasjeet Kaur Handa missed out due to personal reasons.”It will be a good experience for the players. We played against Azerbaijan twice in the Champions Challenge and won. It (test series) is part of our preparation for the qualifier and we have to take it seriously. We will give exposure to all the 32 players and based on that we will select the squad,” Kumar said.Asked about the choice of team for the preparatory matches, the coach said: “The top teams are playing in the Champions Trophy in Rosario and Azerbaijan were the only team available.” “We have played Azerbaijan before but their standard has risen since. Before the Olympic qualifier, all teams look to give their best.”advertisementKumar said he wants his forwards to take this opportunity to get their act together. “We missed a lot of chances, easy ones, in the recent tournaments. We have worked on that aspect during the camp. The forwards need to make use of this opportunity. We have done well in penalty corners though.”The players recovering from injuries will also test their match fitness.”I do not want to push them because I would need them to be at their best during the qualifier.That is the time the players have to peak.” Captain Asunta Lakra said they will use the series to iron out the weaknesses they have been working on.”We have to improve our goalscoring. We played South Africa in the four-nation tournaments in Argentina and despite missing some senior players we finished third. The team has improved a lot.”Azerbaijan is a good side. They are physically strong but we are better in terms of speed and skill.”Azerbaijan manager Rashad Alizada said playing against India will stand the team in good stead before their qualifier.”It is a challenge playing a fullstrength Indian side. We played two warm-up matches here but the series will be a different experience for the players.”last_img read more

Argentina ready to end 22-year trophy drought in Copa America: Mascherano

Argentina ready to end 22-year trophy drought in Copa America: Mascherano

first_imgAce Argentina defender Javier Mascherano on Saturday insisted that his team has the talent and the obligation to break a 22-year trophy drought by winning the Copa America which began on Thursday.The 1993 edition of the Copa America was Argentina’s last major international honour, and Mascherano said that the current generation of players are good enough to break that barren run.”It’s not a matter of egos, but each of us needs to win something with the national team. We want to consolidate the work that has been done in the last few years and it would be very good to add a cup to that second-place finish in Brazil (2014 World Cup),” Mascherano was quoted as saying by sport.bt.com.”The national team is all set to win the title. If you check through the names we have a great team. That allows you to start dreaming.”Mascherano, who served as Argentina captain from 2008-11, explained that his team owed a duty to its nation.”There are pressure and a responsibility that we have at a moral level with our football,” he commented.”At the end of the day, the idea is to show all the good that we can do with the shirt of our country, who helped us grow and gave us a little bit of everything. We give back through our football.”The 31-year-old also took the time to praise the ambitious style of coach Gerardo Martino, whom he also played under at FC Barcelona during the 2013-14 season.advertisement”As we put more players into the attack we will take more risks, but we will have more chances too,” the Argentina vice-captain added.”Martino has brave ideas. I’ve been playing like this for seven years at Barcelona, but in the national team it requires a lot more work. Only over time will this system work,” Mascherano concluded.last_img read more

Virat Kohli ready to learn from mistakes in South Africa

Virat Kohli ready to learn from mistakes in South Africa

first_imgVirat Kohli said he accepts failures as a part of a sportsman’s career and believes in learning from them and moving on ahead of India’s third and final Test against South Africa, starting Wednesday.Kohli has been heavily criticised for his team selections and on field tactical decisions as India lost the three-match Test series 2-0 to South Africa.Kohli, however, took it as a learning process and said he would rather concentrate on working on the positives to sustain in the sport.WATCH”Every day is learning. If I did not learn from the early days of my career, I would not be here. So, it is always an ongoing process of learning everyday from your mistakes, correcting those mistakes and moving forward.”You need to be able to still work on your positives to be a consistent international player over a period of time. I have never stopped learning. I will never stop learning,” Kohli told media ahead of the Johannesburg Test on Tuesday.He added, “It is all about hanging in there and accepting all the faces that are coming. Sometimes team is playing so beautiful that you do not need to do anything. You just relax. This is a part of it.”I have gone through bad times personally in my career. Ups and downs are a part of a sportsman’s career and I understand that. You learn everyday and move forward.”The 29-year old quipped that though cricket is a team game every individual’s responsibility to realise his mistakes and rectify them.advertisementHe informed that every individual has had a discussion with batting coach Sanjay Bangar before they take South Africa in the “dead-rubber” Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from Wednesday.Recalling the 2013 Test match against South Africa at the Wanderers where Kohli scored 119 and 96 in the drawn first Test, he said, “I always love playing at the stadium. It is a great vibe. I feel good when I walk into this ground. The last time’s Test match was very special, and hopefully, we can have as exciting cricket as we played the last time here.”(Courtesy: ANI)last_img read more