VIDEO: Animated Bird Figure Returns to Expedition Everest After Extended Absense

VIDEO: Animated Bird Figure Returns to Expedition Everest After Extended Absense
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We told you a few weeks ago about an ongoing lighting test for the Yeti at Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but now another long-gone effect has returned…

The bird figure at the top of the mountain has been on-and-off for many years, but has probably been missing for a few years straight at this point. The bird pops up as you arrive at the summit, but then hides until your train begins rolling backwards.

There seems to be some correlation between the Yeti lighting test and this effect returning, likely gearing up for a larger refurbishment of the ride in the months ahead.

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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    • Yeah, it was hit-or-miss but I’ve def seen it on some frequent trips within the last couple years.

  • Is the bird really animated? It seems as if it is stationary and just appears to move due to changing perspectives.

    • I’m wondering the same thing. They could have it move up and down to simulate it being farther away, but I really don’t get it.

  • So, you’re looking for a Laughing Place, eh?

    We’ll show you a Laughing Place!

    Time to be turnin’ around.

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