Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The one ride I MUST ride

Expedition Everest: My MUST Ride

In previous posts, I took a look at the one ride that I must ride at the Magic Kingdom and at Epcot.  Today, we are going to take a look at Animal Kingdom, that Imagineer Haven where you can find a different aspect of the park to enjoy and appreciate at every turn!

My initial thoughts when it comes to Animal Kingdom and my must ride was that it wasn’t a ride at all that I must see – it was a show.  However, as good as Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo – The Musical are, there really isn’t any comparison to the feel a great ride can make you feel.  So I discounted them from the running.

Then I started thinking about the different rides that we enjoy at Animal Kingdom.  There are some good ones there, but they are kind of spaced out so there is a lot of walking to get to them all.  There’s Primeval Whirl, Sophie’s favorite ride at Animal Kingdom because it took so long before she was tall enough to ride it.  Then there is Kali River Rapids, a ride that Sophie, my niece Stephanie, and I rode twice in a row, got soaked, then, as if we weren’t wet enough, the sky opened up with rain right after we got off.  And don’t forget Kilimanjaro Safaris, that ride that takes you through to see some of the Park’s greatest treasures – the animals that populate the park.

But for me, after much consideration, I decided that my favorite ride is Expedition Everest.  It’s got it all — a great queue, incredible theming, a fun storyline.  But for me, Expedition Everest is made when you ride backwards down the track.  That is when my stomach rises, the thrills increase, and I’m ready to ride it again.  Check out these photos from TimeStream Software for just a hint of the incredible elements of the ride!

(c) TimeStream Software from Walt Disney World Notescast for iPhone
(c) TimeStream Software

On my last trip around the Disney World parks, I’m going to talk about that one ride that I must ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Talk to you next time!

Mike is a writer for Chip & Company, and a Disney fan.  When he isn’t writing for C&C, he can be found writing his own posts at My Dreams of Disney or planning his next trip to Disney!  You can follow him on his Twitter account @Mickey_MDOD, and his Facebook Fan Page.


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