During our May trip, I found myself with a little extra time before my solo ride on Expedition Everest. I wanted to get some shots showing the attraction’s scale. The attraction and area design/theming do a fantastic job of creating the illusion that park guests are actually in the Himalayan region, partly because of the forced perspective in how the mountain part of the attraction is built. To me, the mountain looks like it really towers thousands of feet above where you’re standing.
I also wanted some shots of the details in the area around Expedition Everest. Disney Imagineers are well known, rightfully so, for their attention to detail – whether it’s in setting the scene in an imaginary place or in transporting to guests to places and times far from present day Florida.
The surrounding areas look much like photos and video I’ve seen from the Himalayan region – no big surprise given the extensive time Disney Imagineers spent there. The architecture, signs, and prayer flags resemble what we’d see if we were passing through a Nepali village during our trek to Everest base camp.
And then there are the interior scenes – the expedition agency office, climbing gear shop, and other queue details, along with items that tell the story of the Yeti. On a side note, I almost dumped the marquee photo from the queue, but then if you look at the right, the sign ad includes my name. Yet another little detail like those seen in other Disney World areas using Magic Band & FastPass+ technology.
Anyway, nothing too daring from a technical perspective – I shot all these with my Nikon D5300 & 18-55mm kit lens. What I tried to do though was compose shots better than I would have in the past. I came away with much better shots than I have on previous trips. We just missed the roll out of the night time features at Animal Kingdom, along with the extended park hours. I’d love to shoot this area (and the whole park) at night. I hope that’s not too far off.
I took some good daytime shots. Here are some others I’d like to try at night, either handheld or with a tripod:
In a later post, I’ll put up my video of my GoPro footage from the front seat of Expedition Everest. In the meantime, if you have some Expedition Everest photos you’d like to share, send them in!