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Experience the true meaning of “racing heartbeat.”
Expedition Everest™ Challenge, a race adventure with some bite, is coming Saturday, May 7, 2011 to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Just after sunset, individuals and teams of two will brave the mysteries of a thrilling 5K trek held in the shadows of the Forbidden Mountain. Teams will have to overcome treacherous obstacles lying in their path and then scavenge for clues to aid in their journey. But beware of the Yeti, the abominable snowman that guards the Forbidden Mountain! Escape from the clutches of the Yeti and celebrate conquering this Everest with an exclusive after-hours party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
If you have what it takes to conquer this challenge, then find a teammate and join the trek! The challenge and the party will double your fun! If no one will brave this adventure with you, then sign up as a solo team. Check out our Registration page for more details on signing up to brave the Expedition Everest™ Challenge.
The Expedition Everest™ Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Race events will include:
- Expedition Everest™ Challenge
- Disney Kids’ Races
- Expedition Everest™ Challenge Post-Race Party
Each participant in the Expedition Everest™ Challenge will receive:
- Champion® Race Tech Shirt
- Personalized race bib (register before April 3, 2011)
- ChronoTrack D-Tag
- Expedition Everest™ Challenge Finisher medal
- Post-race refreshments
- Goody bag
- Admission to an exclusive post-race party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
The Expedition Everest™ Challenge features:
- Fireworks to kick off your trek
- 5K adventure run with obstacles spread throughout the course
- Scavenger Hunt
- Timed event with online results
- Post-race refreshments
- Disney Kids’ Races
- Awards presented to the top three finishers in the Team Divisions (Men’s, Women’s, Coed, Military, Mother/Daughter) and in Individual Divisions (Men’s, Women’s, Military)
All information is subject to change. Click here to learn more.
- My favorite Disney World Roller Coasters (chipandco.com)
- My Fab Five Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions (chipandco.com)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the park we spend the least time in. In spite of that there are a number of attractions we try to visit on each trip so here are my Fab Five attractions. As I go through them you will notice a couple of the biggies are missing from my list and I’ll explain why at the end of the article.
5. It’s Tough To Be A Bug – This park is the hottest of all the parks and as you tour you are always on the lookout for somewhere to cool off. This attraction is ideal because it not only provides an air conditioned theater to relax in, the show itself is very clever and very entertaining. There are lots of clever effects that are enhanced because it’s a 3-D show. Some of the physical effects can be a bit scary if you have an issue with bugs and one particular effect can be a little bothersome if you are sensitive to somewhat unpleasant aromas. They aren’t bad and they fit the story very well but it’s good to know about them ahead of time. Try the show you will like it.
4. The Tree of Life – The park icon is an absolute work of art. The 18 months and countless artisan man hours it took to get the approximately 360 animals on the trunk can only be appreciated if you take the time to really look at them and observe the incredible detail in each animal. It’s not just the artwork that is remarkable, the structure (with portions of an oil rig as the base) is an engineering marvel. Don’t just walk past it, take the time to look closely and appreciate the efforts of the Imagineers and the folks who put it together.
3. Dinosaur – This is a fun attraction with a great story. You are going back in time to rescue a specific dinosaur before it (and you) become extinct. The pre show is excellent and sets you up for the ride portion as well as tying everything together. There are a couple of precautions here, the ride can be a bit rough so if you have back issues be a bit careful. Also, there are some scary effects which may bother some of the younger kids. It is fun and exciting so if you feel up to it, give it a try.
2.– This is a truly beautiful production utilizing giant puppets. I thought the theatrical puppeteers, who are visible interacting with the puppets would be a distraction but these artists are so talented that you don’t even notice them. There is a lot of original music and kids who love Nemo (I think they all do) will be enthralled watching the action on stage. It’s wonderful, take the time to see it.
1. Festival of the Lion King – This is, in my opinion only of course, the absolute best stage show at Walt Disney World. It is actually more of a pageant than just a show because it has singers, acrobats, and dancers who seem to be going and going throughout the entire production. There are floats that come out of the corners of the theater that absolutely make the show what it is. The performers have so much energy that you can’t help but get involved. Don’t just go to watch, participate because it will enhance your enjoyment of the show. If you like The Lion King, you will love this show.
I mentioned that I left a couple of the biggies off my list but I did so with reason. Expedition Everest is truly a structural marvel built as three separate (they do not come in contact at all) concentric sections so the coaster wouldn’t shake the mountain apart. The themeing is at the top of the Disney Imagineer standards, truly well done. Why didn’t it make my list, the coaster ride itself is rather unexceptional. Except for the short backwards ride it is pretty much like any other roller coaster. My opinion only, many many people love this attraction. Kilimanjaro Safaris is another great attraction but I am bothered by the hokey Little Red and the Poachers story. That story line is totally unnecessary. I know Disney is using the story to make an ecological statement and that is wonderful but the story line detracts from the splendor of the setting and the majesty of those beautiful animals. I think we could appreciate the attraction for what it is, a magnificent attempt to educate people about the amazing animals of our world. Again, my opinion only and I’m probably in a distinct minority here. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
Navigating a rickety footbridge suspended over a river chasm can be a white-knuckle experience. For explorers on an all-new Disney adventure launching Jan. 16, 2011, what lurks below their bridge may quicken their step to get to the other side: crocodiles!
A ravine of menacing-looking crocs, pools of hippos, bushwalks along untracked terrain and other thrills await guests on Wild Africa Trek, a unique wildlife experience into the deepest, most-remote reaches of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The three-hour, expert-led adventure will immerse guests in the realms and wildlife thrills of far-off Africa – without leaving Walt Disney World Resort. In small groups, guests on Wild Africa Trek will enjoy an “up-close-and-personal” experience with African wildlife species that make their home in Pangani Forest as well as other areas of the park’s Harambe Wildlife Reserve. As part of the adventure, guests will clip onto a lifeline as they step to the very edge of a cliff to get amazingly close to the hippos and crocs waiting just below. Talk about cliff-hangers!
Wild Africa Trek will be offered several times daily for groups consisting of no more than 12 trekkers per safari. Reservations (ages 9 and up) can be arranged by calling 407/WDW-TOUR (939-8687). Pricing for this unique adventure will vary seasonally. Guests who wish to experience Wild Africa Trek between Jan. 16-Feb. 26, 2011, may take advantage of an introductory offer starting at $129 per person. Park admission is required for tour participants.
- Disney Confidential – Australia coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom (chipandco.com)
This question comes from Brandy, who asks: “We are going for Christmas and are planning to do the character breakfast at Tuskers. The only time we could get was 10:10. Will we have enough time for the Kilimanjaro Safari ride before breakfast?”
Brandy, thanks for reading the site and for your question. You should be fine. The attraction takes about 20 minutes. You’ll want to be at the park at rope drop and be one of the first people to take the tour. This is particularly true if you are going the actual week of Christmas, which is very crowded. I have to warn you: The Safari all the way in the back of the park, but most everyone else will be running for Expedition Everest, so you should easily make your goal. Conveniently, Tusker House is located in Harambe Village, which is right next to the Safari.
If for some reason you aren’t one of the first groups to make it to the attraction and you think the wait is too long, grab a fastpass and go enjoy your breakfast. If you’re early, ask if you can be seated earlier if there’s room available. By the time you’re done, you’ll likely be in your fastpass window.
Let us know on Facebook or via email how this works out. Have a wonderful trip.
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