One of the most intense attractions that can be experienced in the Animal Kingdom (and all of Disney World for that matter) is the ride known as Dinosaur. As will be indicated by this review and video, the ride is not for the easily frightened, those afraid of the dark or those who can’t handle bumps and jerks to their body. These people will instead want to head to the much milder Triceratop Spin.
Dinosaur is located in the DinoLand U.S.A. section of the Animal Kingdom which is fitting as the complete ride revolves around dinosaurs. It opened on April 22, 1998 along with the park itself. However, it should be noted that when it originally did open it was called Countdown to Extinction.
The ride’s name changed shortly after the release of the movie called Dinosaur which debuted in 2000. The theming of the attraction was also slightly altered to accommodate the movie tie in and the ride and audio for it were slightly adjusted making it less intense with the knowledge that many kids may be interested in it after the movie was released.
Guests brave enough to adventure it enter through a queue of the “Dino Institutue” with the remains of a dinosaur. They then enter a pre-show area where they are left with the impression that they are about to undertake a dangerous time-travel trip back to rescue a iguanodon.
Strapped into their time rover vehicles, guests are “transported” back to the time of dinosaurs to find the elusive iguanodon. Many bumps and scares later including some full-size animatronics of fearsome dinosaurs, and the time rover heads back to present-day.
The bumps and jerks of the ride are achieved through the movement of the computerized ride vehicle which speeds up, lurches, stops, etc. in response to the surrounding events.
This is definitely one that those smaller ones in your group will want to miss as it may be to intense. In fact, a minimum height requirement of 40″ is in place on the ride.
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Thanks to roboticsandwich79 who provided the video shown above.