When we first started visiting Walt Disney World in my wheelchair, Expedition Everest was an attraction that I was really nervous about trying. Turns out I was nervous about the wrong thing. Getting on was the easy part. Going backwards, well that’s an entirely different story.
Location: Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Height Requirement: Guests must be 44in (112cm) or taller
Accessibility: Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV.
Who Should Ride: Thrill ride. There will be some big drops and it will go backwards.
First, the easy part. The last car on each train has a door that opens to make it easier to transfer in and out of the ride vehicle. Just let the Cast Members know when you get to the ride vehicle that you need to use the accessible features.
If you want to check out the ride vehicle before you go through the queue, there is a practice vehicle near the single rider line. Cast members can point you in the right direction. I tried it out before we rode the first time to make sure I was comfortable getting in and out.
You are able to get close to the train so it is easy to slide from your wheelchair into the seat. Just don’t use the the lap bar to help. It is hinged so it will move if you put any weight on it.
The back of the seat is deeper than the front so just be careful sliding in. It isn’t deep enough to cause a problem getting out. It’s pretty easy to pull myself back up to the edge of the seat and then over to the side. Drew usually helps to save some time but I could easily do everything myself.
Expedition Everest is the easiest of the coasters at Walt Disney World for me to ride. Transferring is pretty simple and the Cast Members have always been very nice and patient. And for a roller coaster it is a very smooth ride so my back and joints don’t hurt afterwards. There is one drop that is pretty steep but if you need help staying balanced there is a bar in front of you to use if you have pretty good upper body strength. The only thing that makes me nervous these days is that backwards part I mentioned earlier. I may be getting too old for this stuff. 🙂