Expedition Everest Officially Closed…When Will It Reopen?

Source: Inside the Magic

Animal Kingdom Park-goers may now notice that the exciting and high-speed attraction, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, is now closed, leading many to wonder when it will reopen. On this Walt Disney World roller coaster, many guests get an extreme thrill out of careening through icy Himalayan peaks on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Yeti. Those visiting Animal Kingdom in the near future may be a bit disappointed to find out that the attraction is now closed for routine maintenance from January 4 through mid-April 2022.

While that may seem like a fairly long time, it is closed during non-peak season (is there such a thing these days?) and will reopen in time for local guests to enjoy before the summer crowds. If you are not familiar with this ride and plan on making a trip to Animal Kingdom in the future, here is the official description of this wildly popular coaster on the Disney World website:

Wander into a Tibetan village at the base of Mount Everest and board a train to the “top of the world.” Beware: Some say a legendary snow monster lives deep in the mountain.

After a steep ascent, your train picks up speed and races into the darkness. Without warning, a broken and twisted track appears in front of you. Brace yourself as you plummet backward into total darkness. Inside the cavern, the mythical tale comes true as you see the shadow of a massive, growling beast!

Race to escape the cursed mountain—before the Yeti claims another expedition.

This attraction is closed along with The Disney Skyliner, which will also be closing starting Jan. 23-28 for refurbishment. Other Walt Disney World attractions that will be closed this year include:

  • Walt Disney World Railroad closed for refurbishment and Tomorrowland construction (Magic Kingdom)
  • Splash Mountain closed for routine maintenance Jan.10-Feb. 10 (Magic Kingdom)
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular has no return date announced (Hollywood Studios)

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