SOURCE: Walt Disney Company

February 16, 2006 17:08 ET

Mount Everest Rises in New York City

Exhilarating Aerial Performance Takes Center Stage High Above Times Square

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2006 -- ATTN: REPORTERS + WEBMASTERS: Multimedia Content Available from Walt Disney World Resort -- From the Himalayas to the streets of Manhattan, Walt Disney World Resort transformed New York City's Times Square into the legendary Mt. Everest on February 15 and 16, 2006, to celebrate the launch of its new thrilling attraction, Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The 57-story spectacular brought the Himalayas to life, with dazzling special effects and the ferocious roar of the yeti, plus world-renowned aerialists performing a never-seen-before display of vertical acrobatics.

Project Bandaloop, featuring some of the world's most creative gravity-defying daredevils, flew through the sky as they performed off a pair of towering billboards spanning two skyscrapers at Broadway and 47th Street. Serving as the dramatic backdrop, the billboards feature a runaway train racing through snow-covered mountains, just narrowly escaping the wrath of the fearsome red-eyed yeti, legendary protector of the Himalayas.

The brave climbers faced the wintry elements as they navigated the mountain while performing an exhilarating acrobatic ballet accompanied by an original musical score. New Yorkers and visitors to Times Square in February will have the chance to view the incredible mountain billboard.

Opening April 7, 2006 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest is a new runaway train adventure combining a high-speed race through the Himalayas and a thrilling encounter with the legendary yeti. Expedition Everest is the culmination of more than six years of research and multiple trips to the Himalayas by Walt Disney Imagineering.

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