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Imagineer Joe Rohde confirms work still being done to fix ‘Disco Yeti’ in Expedition Everest

by Brittani Tuttle

We heard it straight from the Yeti’s Twitter account: Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, is still working to fix the yeti in the Expedition Everest attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Once again, DisTwitter explodes with talk of fixing the “Disco Yeti.”

On July 6, a Disney fan tweeted about Rohde “swearing” to fix the infamous “Disco Yeti” at the 2013 D23 Expo.

You can hear Rohde say “I will fix the yeti,” in this video from The DIS below, starting at 48:28:

The yeti, the largest and one of the most complex audio-animatronics ever built by Walt Disney Imagineering, has been experiencing problems since the attraction opened in 2006.

A few months after the ride’s opening, the framing for the yeti figure split due to the extreme stress of the figure’s movements, which could’ve led to ride-threatening malfunctions if it resumed normal operation.

In full operation, or A-Mode, the yeti was once able to swipe at riders aboard the Anandapur Tea Company trains as they speed by. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the last known occurrence of the yeti in A-Mode was back in March 2009.

Ever since then, we’ve been stuck with Disco Yeti, or B-Mode yeti, where our fearsome creature stands stationery alongside strobe lighting to simulate movement.

Ever active on Twitter, Rohde happened upon this tweet and decided to reply:

DisTwitter erupted at this revelation, racking up 310 retweets and 2,167 likes and climbing on Rohde’s response.

Some fans had a few of their own opinions on how to fix the yeti, and how long its taken to be fixed:

After seeing this next tweet from @Shannon_Lyver_, Rohde decided to respond, before going into a full discussion on the coloration of a yeti’s fur… if they actually existed.

https://twitter.com/Shannon_Lyver_/status/1015441710074220544

Will we ever see the yeti fixed? Only time will tell, as there is no current announcement for Expedition Everest’s closure for the yeti’s repair. For now, check out the Disco Yeti in all its glory in our ride-through POV below:

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2 comments

Tyler Tong October 29, 2018 - 1:06 am

I’ve been to Disneyworld a few times.
But on my honeymoon in 2007, that Yeti was white and looked way better. It was way easier to see. You’d almost felt his arm was going to hit you.

When and why did they change it to brown?

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Whitney November 2, 2018 - 11:15 pm

They didn’t. I think you’re thinking of the one in Disneyland’s Matterhorn, which is white. The yeti from Expedition Everest has always been brown.

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