Photos Taken by Site Hostess*
May 8, 2009 - Yeti Museum (Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando FL)
The Expedition Everest Ride at Animal Kingdom on Disney property created a small walk through exhibit containing both authentic and fictional elements to a Yeti Museum. The purpose of the display is to entertain line-goers before the attraction, a high-speed roller coaster featuring an auto-mechanic Yeti at the end of it.
Josh Gates donated a casting of his team's Yeti print, obtained during an investigation in Nepal, to the museum, where it sits today with other items pertaining to the excursion. I visited the park in May and snapped these photos before the ride.
Text from the articles and displays follows the photos.
*Photo of Josh Gates presenting casting of foot print to Joe Rohde at Disney
is from LaughingPlace.com - all other photographs posted were taken by me
Yeti Museum Articles and Display Text
Because the displays and articles may be a little hard to read, and the grammar and useage was written by a person whose first language is not English, I have re-displayed everything in clear text below (did word for word as best as I could - some of the grammar and punctuation from the original pieces are REALLY bad).
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Museum Display Sign
This is a casting of a mysterious footprint discovered in December of 2007 by explorer Joshua Gates and his team in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This is the best preserved of three prints, which were found in sequence near a river in Khumbu Valley, at an altitude of about 10,000 feet.
US Experts Have scanned each of the prints and have concluded that they are anatomically legitimate and represent a significant find. This scan shows the heel from one partial footprint (in blue) superimposed with the larger print (in grey). The two match almost exactly, which indicates that they are real footprints left by an unknown bipedal animal in the wild.
Joshua Gates is an American explorer and photographer and donated this footprint to the Yeti Museum in April of 2008. One of only three castings, this footprint represents the 21st century evidence of the Yeti.
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An Article Written by Prabaita Rijal at The Himalayan
Published November 30, 2007
A team of US explorers have claimed that they had traced fresh footprints of Yeti, a mysterious snowman believed to inhabit the Himalayan Mountains.
“Destination Truth,” an American television crew on Tuesday, said that they discovered fresh Yeti footprints on the bank of the Manju River in Solukhumbu district, northeast of Kathmandu.
The nine-member television crew that is touring the world in search of unsolved mysteries and phenomena came to Nepal in search of an ancient creature which, according to Himalayan folklore, is not only known as the protector of the mountains but is also feared. The Yeti according to folklore is believed to live in the Himalayan regions of Nepal and throughout history there have been claims of its sightings.
Tul Bahador Rai, representative of Equator Expedition Nepal, which is the liaison of the American crew, found that the foot marks near the river banks of the Manju River which according to the crew is a clear sequence of six feet stride prints embedded in the banks of the river.
“We found it around 11 p.m. during our investigations, it looked like it was freshly made. We found those prints not long after it was made,” said Rai.
Accord to Josh Gates of “Destination Truth,” they started their investigation in accordance to the folklore and starting looking in places where the locals claimed it had been sighted.
“Till date its sightings have been in regions of the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet which is not too high up in the glacier nor too down below where there are human settlements but in areas where there is a lot of vegetation to cover,” he said.
The crew said the foot prints were found away from the usual trekking trail and half an hour away from the nearest village at an altitude of approximately 2850 meters.
Brad Kulham, the show’s executive producer, stated that this sighting was unique because they were able to document events as they took place.
“We are extremely excited about this sighting because we were able to document each step of the finding from the initial sighting of the prints to the casting of the prints, to safely bring it back,” he said.
He further stated that the Yeti footprint is just over a foot long with a toe span of over an inch and this is the first time the findings have been catalogues this way.
The crew used infrared cameras, night vision opticals and thermal scopes for the investigation to ensure the proper documentation of their finding and are hoping to air this finding as their first chronicle of their second season very soon.