Joe Rohde comments on Expedition Everest's broken Yeti animatronic

Jun 29, 2020 in "Expedition Everest"

Expediton Everest creator Joe Rohde has again commented on the condition of the broken Yeti audio-animatronic which has now been out of order for more than 13 years.

In response to a Twitter post suggesting maintenance access to the figure was a problem, Joe said, "It’s not an issue of maintenance access, they were part of the design team and set the standard. In fact, it was seen as a model collaborative process. It’s an unexpected and unforeseen set of issues, very complex, with no easy or timely solutions as of yet."

In a follow up response to a poster saying that in other words, it was "messed up" Joe replied with, "Not “messed up.” These guys did not ignore something or botch it. Innovation is like physical exploration of unknown spaces. There is stuff out there that you didn’t know, and you only encounter it by exploration. But then....there it is."

Joe Rohde is a Portfolio Creative Executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, and was the creative lead on Expedition Everest and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The Yeti, Guardian of the Mountain, is a mammoth-sized Audio-Animatronics figure with a potential thrust, in all of its hydraulic cylinders combined, of slightly over 259,000 pounds force -- potentially more instantaneous power than a 747-400 airliner.

The animatronic's motion was switched off less than a year after the ride opened in 2006 due to what is believed to be various unspecified structural issues around the figure.

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Article Posted: Jun 29, 2020 / 8:56am ET
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brb1006Aug 07, 2020

You mean Dinorama.

DVCakaCarlFJul 29, 2020

Unfortunately, it is more likely Dinoland will be replaced before the yeti is ever right, again.

EagleScout610Jul 29, 2020

I see his paw now

MovieloverJul 29, 2020

He's still there in that video. You can see his hand pass above you.

trainplane3Jul 28, 2020

Yes. They don't mean anything but they should be off during the day.

EagleScout610Jul 28, 2020

Should the fact the growl is gone from the room be considered in guessing what's up?

Abyssal_SJul 28, 2020

This what you’re referring to?

trainplane3Jul 28, 2020

Here's one video of the completely strobe-less, potentially yeti-less tunnel. Also of note, the work lights being on under the track right as you enter the final tunnel.

Magicart87Jul 22, 2020

Last I heard they were looking to redesign the Mickey shaped pretzel as a side-profile of Mickey's head to save even more dough.

V/N McQueenJul 22, 2020

So with the extended closure, and the struggle to find money for PatF, does this mean the budget is going to be permanently cut for the hair tie removals and bird on a stick?

marni1971Jul 18, 2020

I wish. I fear I’ve a hole in my archive.

Pepper's GhostJul 16, 2020

Bite thy tongue!!

Master YodaJul 09, 2020

DisneyDiehard135710SpainJul 09, 2020

Is any DLP forum?? If there is I don’t find it