Expedition Everest Will CLOSE for a Lengthy Refurbishment in Disney World

Disney is constantly updating and renovating attractions in the parks.

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EPCOT is undergoing a BIG transformation right now, several hotels are getting updates, and a few rides are scheduled to get refurbishments soon. And, one popular ride just joined the list of attractions that will be closing for refurbishments in Disney World.

Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is scheduled to close for updates on January 4th, 2022. And, this refurbishment is going to last a while, though — it’s not set to reopen until mid-April 2022.

Expedition Everest

Disney hasn’t announced yet what the changes or updates will be on the ride, only that it will be closed for more than three months.


If you’re not familiar, Expedition Everest is a fan-favorite ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom where guests join a high-speed expedition to search for the Yeti on Mt. Everest. And, with a few close encounters with the creature, the roller coaster travels both forwards and backwards on your treacherous journey.

Expedition Everest ride

We’ll continue to keep an eye out for additional information on the refurbishment and when the iconic attraction may reopen, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!

Click here for why Expedition Everest’s Yeti will NOT be an easy fix

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9 Replies to “Expedition Everest Will CLOSE for a Lengthy Refurbishment in Disney World”

  1. Any idea if they’ll make another ride a LL+ selection during this time or will FOP be the only animal kingdom one at that time?

  2. This will be my daughter’s 1st trip and she loves roller coasters, so I’m disappointed she won’t get to ride this (unless they finish a week or two early). Glad we’ll be park-hopping because it just means we’ll be done in the park a little quicker without this ride in the line-up. **sigh**

  3. To be honest we all knew this was coming. This coaster has NEVER had a true refurb the entire time it has been running. I’m just bummed because I was planning an Animal Kingdom-specific trip for this time period, and am now wondering if I’m better off waiting. I think this just worsens the overall issue of Animal Kingdom not having a strong lineup of attractions.

  4. Yet another disappointment in a long line of disappointments from Disney lately. This couldn’t have been done while the parks were shut down?

  5. I read somewhere that the Yeti will never be fixed. Something about it’s integrated into the structure of the mountain which would involved some major reconstruction.

  6. I’m guessing they’ll paint some things and maybe some sort of IP tie in? They really need to fix the Yeti. Those who didn’t experience it when it worked properly are really missing out on a complete attraction.