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  • Awesome Music: The area music consists of traditional himalayan folk music that not only fits the setting perfectly, but adds to the ride's mysterious atmosphere.
  • Fan Nickname: The yeti animatronic's B-mode, in which it remains stationary while strobe lights flash on it to give the illusion of movement, has garnered the nickname "Disco Yeti"
  • Growing the Beard: The ride is regarded to be one for Disney's Animal Kingdom, which had a bit of a rocky first few years and was the least popular of the four Walt Disney World parks, partially due to its lack of major e-ticket attractions unlike the other parks. This attraction however, would solve that issue and would give Animal Kingdom the boost it desperately needed to be successful and on par with the rest of the parks.
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  • I Am Not Shazam: While the ride is about an expedition towards Everest, the tall mountain that makes up the bulk of the ride is not actually Mount Everest (as you never actually go there due to the track being torn by the Yeti), but rather, it's a separate, fictional mountain officially called "Forbidden Mountain". In the queue, "Expedition Everest" is treated as being the name of your climbing group.
  • Narm: The Yeti is intended to be terrifying, however it's been stuck in its B-mode for quite some time, meaning it is restricted to stationary movement while strobe lights flash on it. This turns what was supposed to be a scary moment into a rather silly one.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The torn off track at the top of the incline, acting as the moment things go terribly wrong.
    • The encounter with the Yeti at the end.
  • Spiritual Successor: The ride can be viewed as one to Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds, as like Matterhorn, it is a roller coaster ride that goes through a big snowy mountain and ends with an encounter from the Yeti.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
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    • The Yeti is one of the most complex animatronics Disney has crafted and at its prime, was capable of actively swinging its arm at riders, creating a very terrifying, but incredibly cool sight. Unfortunately, this complexity would turn out to be its biggest flaw, as the sheer strength of the Yeti began splitting pillar its mounted on. Said pillar is a main support beam for the entire mountain. So the Yeti is so powerful, it could potentially destroy the entire mountain if let off its leash.
    • Disney added steam vents below the loading station, so when the train comes into the station, steam pours from the loading area and into the locomotive, creating the illusion of an actual steam engine coming into the station.

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