Photo Courtesy Brian McNichols
There are many sections of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where music is blissfully absent. Because the Animal Kingdom is such a large theme park, it would be hard to fill in every single space with music and not be a huge bother to people and animals, so the engineers didn’t even try!
I am thankful for that. In a park like the Animal Kingdom, natural sounds should be allowed to dominate. When going from one attraction to another, the music tends to get softer (or mute completely) the further from an attraction, restaurant, or village you go.
In the Asia section of the Animal Kingdom, one word can describe the music: authentic. This isn’t music from Japan or China in Epcot transferred over (although there are other areas in the Animal Kingdom where music is taken from other parks). This music takes us into the other areas of Asia through instrumentation and rhythms – places like Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.
The fictional town in Animal Kingdom’s Asia, called Anandapur, is more spread out than the neighboring Animal Kingdom village of Harambe. The songs that you hear are much quieter and blend in more than Harambe’s pop sound.
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Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort share a number of the same attractions, such as Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, “it’s a small world,” and many others. But if you think that these attractions are the same on both coasts, you would be mistaken.
One of the many things I love about Disney is that they never do the same thing twice; and while the attractions that can be found on both coasts may share the same names and themes, they do have differences too. Hey, who doesn’t like variety, right? But you have to wonder, which resort has the best version of a popular attraction? Which Disney Park has the bragging rights? Well, that’s what I’m going to find out by comparing two tall and somewhat snowy attractions in Disneyland vs. Disney World: The Matterhorn Bobsleds and Expedition Everest.
I know what you’re thinking. A Disneyland classic and an Animal Kingdom coaster. These two attractions are so different how can you compare them? But if you really think about them both, you will notice that they both share a number of similarities. But before I get ahead of myself, let me explain for those who haven’t experienced these Disney mountains before.
What is the Matterhorn Bobsleds?
The Matterhorn Bobsleds is a Disneyland icon. This famous mountain dominates the Disneyland skyline and houses a vintage (but totally safe!) tubular steel coaster that takes guests in and out and down the Matterhorn Mountain. This attraction is special to Disneyland as it is the only one in the world and came from the mind of Walt Disney himself. When filming Third Man on the Mountain in Europe, Walt decided he needed the famous Alpine peak in his park. It first opened to guests in 1959 and has undergone several facelifts and updates through the years.
What is Expedition Everest?
Expedition Everest is themed after the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. On this attraction, guests embark on a expedition into the Himalayan Mountains by train, but the legendary Yeti of the mountain isn’t too happy about that. The train zips in and out of the mountain, and even goes backwards! Expedition Everest first opened in 2006 and was an addition to the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The attraction was an immediate success and still is one of the most famous thrill rides at Walt Disney World.
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