Disney: Expedition Everest preparing to reopen to guests

Attraction has been closed since January for refurbishment

Expedition Everest testing on Thursday April 15, 2022 (Landon McReynolds, WKMG)

BAY LAKE, Fla. – Walt Disney World is preparing to reopen Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

According to Disney’s website, the attraction will reopen on April 16, and will be included with Disney Genie+ until Aug. 7. Following that date, the ride will likely return to an individual lightning lane status, a special tier of Disney Genie that requires guests to pay an additional fee to get front-of-the-line access.

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Expedition Everest has been closed since early January for a refurbishment although its unclear what has happened during the downtime.

Tree of Life and Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom (WKMG)

On Thursday, guests could begin to see the attraction was being tested without riders.

The attraction opened in 2006 and sends guests deep into “Mount Everest.” As guests ride along the tracks, they come face-to-face with the legendary snow Yeti.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.