Esteemed Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde who was the Lead Designer behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom including the much-loved Expedition Everest attraction recently took to Twitter to share a hilarious encounter he had with U.S. Customs Officials during a recent airport visit:
US Passport officer looks at my passport, my face, and says,”When are you going to fix that yeti?”
— Joe Rohde (@Joe_Rohde) October 24, 2017
In follow-up tweets Rohde added, “My answer was long” and “Well…it IS in the best interests of our country :)”
Since the Expedition Everest attraction opened back in 2006, the Yeti has been a much-talked-about topic in the Disney-sphere. During the ride’s opening, the Yeti was the largest and most complex audio-animatronic figure ever built by the Imagineering Team at Walt Disney. However, today, for those that have experienced Everest, you’ll notice that the Yeti never moves. Due to technical problems not long after the rides opening, the Yeti has been static with a strobe light effect giving the sense of motion. Disney has tried several enhancements to return the Yeti to its full animatronic glory but eleven years later, it has yet to happen.
Rohde has gone on record as saying that fixing the Yeti still remains a priority and that someday it will once again be fully operational, however, no projected date has ever been given for the completion of this project.
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