Apparently the animatronic Yeti on the Expedition: Everest ride at Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom is on the fritz. Who knew? I didn’t. Apparently it’s been on the fritz for quite some time. I didn’t know that, either.
Joe Rohde, the Imagineer (that’s what they call them, right?) in charge of the Animal Kingdom park, announced his retirement this past week, considering it a “great opportunity to slip away without too much disruption” during the forced shutdown due to the raging ‘Rona. Some fans bemoaned the announcement, fearing that the 25-foot-tall “Disco Yeti” that is a part of the Everest ride will now never get fixed.
Said Rohde of the problem: “You have to understand, it’s a giant, complicated machine sitting on top of like, a 46-foot-tall tower in the middle of a finished building. So, it’s really hard to fix, but we are working on it, and we continue to work on it. We have tried several things—none of them quite get to the key turning of the 40-foot tower inside of a finished building—but we are working on it. I personally kind of bulldog this one in a way that doesn’t always make me popular, but, I will fix the yeti someday, I swear.” Alas, he’s retiring, and the Yeti still doesn’t work. Not that I would’ve ever known about it if the Internet hadn’t told me.