Joe Rohde comments on Expedition Everest's broken Yeti animatronic

Jun 29, 2020 in "Expedition Everest"

Posted: Monday June 29, 2020 8:56am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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Doug Means6 days ago

just like the yeti, this thread is dead

EagleScout6107 days ago

End of an era

kalel81457 days ago


wdwmagic7 days ago

This thread has been stickied for 15 years and amassed over 800,000 view. But with Joe Rohde long gone, the chances of a Yeti repair seem remote, so it is time to unstick. Maybe it can be revived in the future with positive news. We live in hope!

Doug Means16 days ago

He had just came from the salon when he broke and didn't have a chance to ruin them yet?

JoeCamel17 days ago

Why would they give it manicured nails? Nails should be ragged from all the work of crushing you

Married5Times21 days ago

the idea behind that giant hand looks like it came from a "Morlock" from the 1960 film Time Machine

MisterPenguin25 days ago

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Parkeexant25 days ago

My day just become better because of you

DragonmanApr 08, 2022

Pepper's GhostApr 08, 2022

This just in... YETI HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED FOR REPAIR!!! Oh wait... April 1st was last week? Dang, sorry about that.

Doug MeansFeb 09, 2022

i'll do it for $35 an hour with 2 35 minutes paid breaks and an hour paid lunch every 8 hour shift.

JustAFanFeb 08, 2022

They tried that already. No one volunteered. Finally, John Travolta stepped up and said he would do it under one condition. The disco effect had to stay. He wanted to embody disco yeti. Initially, Disney was on board. Then they saw his rider and balked at the price and demands. Negotiations seemed to stall. As of now, we're not sure if it's B mode (disco yeti) or C mode (Travolta disco yeti). We may never know.

Doug MeansFeb 08, 2022

i'd take that job