April 7, 2006 – The Attraction Expedition Everest Opens in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
“Careen through the Himalayan mountains on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman.”
On April 7, 2006, the thrill attraction Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain opened in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park. The attraction is based on the legend of the Yeti, a fierce monster that guards the mountain and caused several accidents on the railroad that travels through the Forbidden Mountain pass. The story has it that the Royal Anandapur Tea Company used to use the line, until there were too many accidents and the railroad was closed; the railroad was reopened by the Himalayan Escapes, Tours, and Expeditions group that takes tourists through the mountain. While walking to the attraction, guests travel through a museum dedicated to the legendary monster before boarding a train to travel into the mountain. The attraction is the tallest mountain in Florida, reaching a height of just under 200 feet. The attraction is also home to a RunDisney event, the Expedition Everest Challenge.