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Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:43 pm
by GAcoaster
Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Walt Disney World's Disney's Animal Kingdom, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

Official Park Website

Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!



February 20th, 2005 - New photos of Expedition Everest posted! (see below)
March 21st, 2005 - Steam Donkey Expedition Everest trains revealed!
July 26th, 2005 - Pull-through testing on Expedition Everest underway
September 8th, 2005 - Expedition Everest construction update
October 30th, 2005 - External construction for Everest complete, new details visible
November 9th, 2005 - Expedition Everest logo unveiled!
November 9th, 2005 - Expedition Everest details released
November 16th, 2005 - First riders on Expedition Everest spotted
November 30th, 2005 - Joe Rohde seen inspecting as crews continue prepping Everest
December 1st, 2005 - More details of the new environment appear
December 2nd, 2005 - First look at Expedition Everest lit up at night!
December 13th, 2005 - More visible progress at Expedition Everest
December 17th, 2005 - Expedition Everest cast member wardrobe revealed
December 28th, 2005 - Annual passholder & Disney Vacation Club Expedition Everest preview dates announced

January 23rd, 2006 - Pianojohn rides Expedition Everest
February 12th, 2006 - A look at the "back side of Everest"

March 2nd, 2007 - Animal Kingdom contractor attacks co-worker with gasoline
May 29th, 2007 - Five injured on Kali River Rapids
October 7th, 2007 - Expedition Everest blueprints posted!
November 29th, 2007 - Ride op injured at Primeval Whirl

January 7th, 2008 - Video of Animal Kingdom at night

October 16th, 2010 - Wild Africa Trek coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

March 14th, 2011 - Disney worker dies following injury at Primeval Whirl
September 20th, 2011 - Avatar Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom!
December 23rd, 2011 - Primeval Whirl completely reopened - photos posted!

January 21st, 2012 - A quick photo look at Expedition Everest
February 9th, 2012 - Fastpass return times to now be strictly enforced
March 31st, 2012 - Joe Rohde talks AVATAR, plus new food items & pigs!
June 12th, 2012 - Special reduced pricing for Wild Africa Trek tour
July 4th, 2012 - Sundowner Celebration seasonal event photos & video!
October 24th, 2012 - Kilimanjaro Safaris Plains Zebras now at new finale

January 20th, 2013 - Wilderness Explorer experience coming this Spring!
October 12th, 2013 - New Avatar art & park nighttime entertainment news!
October 30th, 2013 - Rare Hartmann's Mountain Zebra born at Animal Kingdom Lodge

January 10th, 2014 - Ground Breaking for Avatar Land
February 14th, 2014 - Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade to end in June
May 7th, 2014 - 'Rivers of Light' night time spectacular announced!
May 7th, 2014 - 'Harambe Nights' up-charge event announced!
May 7th, 2014 - 'Festival of the Lion King' debuts in new Harambe Theatre in June
May 7th, 2014 - “Winged Encounters — The Kingdom Takes Flight” Macaw mini-show debuts in Summer 2014 in Discovery Island

February 26th, 2015 - New Avatar Details Released!
May 2nd, 2015 - Harambe Marketplace Sneak Peek including food photos!
May 25th, 2015 - Harambe Marketplace now open!
June 23rd, 2015 - Zuri's Sweets Shop, Starbucks & more now open!

November 21st, 2016 - New Pandora - The World of Avatar details released!

February 7th, 2017 - Pandora - The World of Avatar opens on May 27th, 2017!
February 9th, 2017 - Rivers of Light opens on February 17th, 2017!
May 1st, 2017 - Pandora World of Avatar Media Sneak Peek Report

February 22nd, 2018 - Party for the Planet celebration details released!
Original Post:

Here are some photos of the progress made to Expedition Everest as of January 22. You can see they have done a lot, but still have a LONG way to go.

I just hope that spending $100 million on this ride will overcome Vekoma's general suckiness. I'd hate to see this ride fizzle because the coaster itself is lousy!

I have more photos over on my website if anyone wants to see more:

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:47 pm
by GAcoaster
Sorry to double post, but the FTP upload kept timing out and crashing after I'd get a couple of pictures done, so I'm doing half and half...

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 2:06 pm
by robbalvey
Even though it's Vekoma the ride does have one thing going for it and that's the fact that Big Thunder in Paris is one of the BEST Vekoma rides ever! And this ride seems to be a LOT more like that ride than Space Mountain or Rock N Roller Coaster.

Have they said if this ride is lap bars only? I can't imagine that it would have OTSR's.

Thanks for the pics! The ride looks great!


PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 2:21 pm
by Hattuchili
robbalvey wrote:Even though it's Vekoma the ride does have one thing going for it and that's the fact that Big Thunder in Paris is one of the BEST Vekoma rides ever!

Hey Robb,

You rode Big Thunder Mountain in each Disney Park, right? And Paris is the best... Why? I only rode the one in Paris.

And thanks for the great pictures. It looks really good. :wink:


PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:07 pm
by Jose Eber
robbalvey wrote:
Have they said if this ride is lap bars only? I can't imagine that it would have OTSR's.


An 80 foot drop gives you about 50 mph at the bottom-- that's if you are at a 5 mph crawl at the top of the drop.

The promo painting doesn't show over the shoulder.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:17 pm
by robbalvey
Yeah, tons.

Name just about every hyper coaster.
Name lots of woodies.
Most Schwarzkopf coasters.

Heck, I even know a couple of 100+ MPH coasters that go 400+ feet tall that are lap bar only!

--Robb "Is that enough?" Alvey :P

Who wants to ride in a Steam Donkey?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:06 pm
by Not For Sale
Scroll down to the update from the 22nd of February

Yes. Disney decided to call the Expedition Everest trains "STEAM DONKEYS." I'm not joking. Seriously. You'll be sitting on something called a Steam Donkey staring at the freakin' Yeti!

The following pictures of the Steam Donkey trains are copywritten by The Walt Disney Company, 2005

-Bryan "I know what the captions for the 2006 photos will be!" Stoll

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:08 pm
by maliboomer
I think those porto-potties on the back will ruin the view.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:14 pm
by Not For Sale
^That's the back car, the only one like it in the train.

-Bryan "I hope it says 'occupied' on it!" Stoll

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:31 pm
by kenshinmac
Yeah it is a pushing system. So yeah that is the back of the train. Hopefully the train will be long enough to make for a good capacity.

I swear the thing looks pretty damn cool. Hopefully the ride is great.