For a couple of years now, Animal Kingdom's premier E-ticket attraction, Expedition Everest, has been having problems with its large yeti animatronic. In fact for the past few months it hasn't moved at all. Well now it won't even be seen.
For the next couple weeks, riders will dive into the coaster's finale confronted by only a large black sheet. The intent of this minor rehab is to restore some level of motion to the yeti's head and arms, though nothing quite as dramatic as when the ride first opened.
On opening day, back in 2006, Everest's yeti was one of the most technologically advanced animatronic figures ever created, with its lightning fast and very large motions. Unfortunately the stresses created were too much and the yeti often went into still mode due to an overheated motor.
To get the yeti back to his original form would take some re-imagineering and a much more lengthy rehab procedure that would most likely include multiple months of the ride being inoperable. Obviously, Animal Kingdom would take a huge hit with its star attraction out of commission.
Hopefully though, this patchwork fix will be enough to get things moving again and restore some of the thrill to the ride's final scene. And maybe some day, the yeti will be restored to his former glory.