On this day in 2006, Animal Kingdom's newest attraction Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain had its grand opening. The runaway-train coaster is located in the Asia section of DAK.
Although moderate in height and length when compared to other roller coasters, Expedition Everest is unique in that its trains travel forward ... and backward (due to the Yeti's interference).
The tallest of all Disney World "mountains," it is not based on the real Mount Everest - but a fictional mountain guarded by the "abominable snowman"!
Imagineers spent 6 years researching, designing, and building the attraction - which included trips to the Himalayas (Asia's famous mountain range) to collect reference material.
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