When we went to Animal Kingdom on our recent trip we had of course gone online ahead of time to secure a Fast pass time for Expedition Everest. This was my most anticipated ride of the trip, since they were still building it over 10 years ago, the last time I was in Orlando. So when our Fast pass time was approaching --my stepson and I headed over to make sure we got on this beast of a ride. The ride time was already showing at about an hour online so we were happy we had a Fast pass. Well as luck would have it we arrived just in time for the ride to be shutdown and we were told that our fast pass would be good for the rest of the day if the attraction started up again.
Thwarted in our attempts to scale the peaks of this thrill ride we headed of to do something else. We headed over to Kali Rapids which was already building up into a long line as well. We tried our Magic Bands and it worked for this ride so we headed up to the front of the line. Then minutes before we were on the ride ---It broke as well. It was about a 7 minute shut down and then we were back in business, but I began to worry that since our Fast pass worked for a ride that we didn't have a pass on that it wouldn't later work on Everest.
Hours went by as we meet back up with the rest of the family for Festival of the Lion King and dinner at the Rainforest. We figured we would have to try Everest at the end of the day. Hopefully the line would be shorter. After diner we hit Dinosaur which we did twice in a row since the line was really short --then off we went to finally get our ride on the mountain that hung in the distance.
We arrived right before park closing using our fast passes. (They didn't work). We were told you only get to use them once (I guess Kali Rapids used up our Everest Fast pass). We told them we hadn't ridden it--because it had broken down and away we went into the Fast Pass line. By the time we did this great ride (Review to come in a different blog) the line had pretty disappeared --so we were able to do it two more times before closing. (We could have done it times --but the girls were waiting for us). So sometimes a ride breaking down can be a good thing. If the ride hadn't broken down we may have only rode it once in the middle of the day, but since we had to change plans and try it later --we ended up getting 3 rides instead of one.
This also begs the question....was it worth getting a Fast Pass for Everest in the first place? Was it just a fluke or is the end of the day at Animal Kingdom always the best time for the big rides?
After all we were able to get 2 rides on Dinosaur and could have done 4 times on Everest.
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