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Beginner’s Guide: Expedition Everest at Disney World (2024)

Expedition Everest is one of the most popular roller coasters at Disney World. Here is a beginner’s guide to Expedition Everest. Below you will find everything you need to know about Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom.

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Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom

What is Disney’s Expedition Everest Ride?

Expedition Everest is a roller coaster ride at Disney World. It is located in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom (Asia). Expedition Everest is an intense roller coaster set in the Himalayan. The high speed roller coaster will take you up Mount Everest where you will encounter the Yeti. There are big drops and you will go backward aboard Expedition Everest (no inversions or loops). You will go at a top speed of 50 mph which is much faster than Space Mountain.   

How Long is the Expedition Everest Ride?

Expedition Everest Ride is approximately 4 minutes long. 

Is there a Long Wait to get into Expedition Everest Ride?

Yes, there is usually a wait to ride Expedition Everest. However, the wait is not as long as the more popular Avatar Flight of Passage. 

Is the Standby Line for Expedition Everest Indoors or Outdoors?

The waiting area is indoors.

Is Expedition Everest Ride a Lightning Lane Ride?

Yes, Expedition Everest is a Lightning Lane Ride. 

Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Disney World’s Lightning Lane and Is It Worth It to Buy Lighting Lane at Disney World?

How Long is the Wait in Expedition Everest Lightning Lane?

The wait is minimal when you get on the Expedition Everest Lightning Lane. You pretty much go straight to the ride. 

How Do I Buy Expedition Everest Lightning Lane?

You can buy Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane on the day of your visit to the park. You can then start to make your first Lightning Lane reservations at 7 am.

Does the Lightning Lane for Expedition Everest Sell Out?

No, Lightning Lane for Expedition Everest typically does not sell out by the end of the day. You can book your Expedition Everest Lightning Lane reservation as your 2nd ride of the day. 

What Happens to My Lightning Lane When Expedition Everest Closes?

If Expedition Everest breaks down, your Lightning Lane pass will become a Multiple Experience Lightning Lane pass. It means you will be able to use your Lightning Lane anytime until the ride closes or you can book Lightning Lane at other rides (except Avatar Flight of Passage).

Can I Ride Expedition Everest During Early Theme Park Entry?

Yes, you can ride Expedition Everest during early theme park entry. Early Theme Park Entry is available for guests staying at Disney World Resort.

Is Disney’s Expedition Everest Ride a Roller Coaster?

Yes, Disney’s Expedition Everest is a roller coaster. It is a high speed roller coaster that can go at a top speed of 50 mph. Expect big drops and know you will be going backward (no inversions and loops).

Is Disney’s Expedition Everest Ride Scary?

Disney’s Expedition Everest can be scary for children. The roller coaster is intense and the menacing Yeti can be scary for some children. 

Will You Get Motion Sickness When You Ride Expedition Everest?

Yes, you can get motion sickness on Expediton Everest. Skip this roller coaster if you get sick when riding backward, this is a roller coaster that will go backward. 

What is the Minimum Height to Ride Expedition Everest?

The minimum height to ride Expedition Everest is 44 inches (112 cm).

How Many People Can Fit in a row at Expedition Everest Ride?

Each row of the Expedition Everest ride can seat 2 people. 

Expedition Everest Tips

1. The standby line to get on the Expedition Everest ride can get long. If you are willing to wait in line, you don’t need to buy Genie+ Lightning Lane.
2. If you buy Lightning Lane, book the Expedition Everest Lightning Lane Reservations as your 2nd Lightning Lane ride. I suggest you book the hardest rides to get first- Na’vi River Journey.
3. Wait in line at Expedition Everest Standby line when it is shortest which is usually in the morning during the first hour or at the end of the day an hour before the park closes.
4. Don’t wear baseball hats or Mickey Mouse ears.  

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NameExpedition Everest
Type of Rideroller coaster
Minimum Height44 Inches (112 cm)
Number of Riders per Row2
Lightning Lane TypeGenie+ Lightning Lane
Good for Kids?Older Kids 
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