You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
What is DINOSAUR?
DINOSAUR is a dark, thrilling hybrid of a dark ride and simulator where guests are tasked to travel back in time on a Time Rover to bring back a dinosaur right before an asteroid hits the earth.
Where is DINOSAUR?
DINOSAUR is located at DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, just off the beaten path between Restaurantosaurus and Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures and behind the Cretaceous Trail.
What is the History of DINOSAUR?
DINOSAUR opened with the park April 22, 1998, with a track and high-tech ride vehicles a la Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye, which opened March 4, 1995. At that time DINOSAUR was known as Countdown to Extinction. In 2000, the name of the attraction was changed to DINOSAUR to compliment the Disney film of the same name.
What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for DINOSAUR?
The interior queue begins upon entering the Dino Institute where guests pass by displays and a giant dinosaur skeletons before entering a pre-show theater. During the pre-show film hosted by Dr. Marsh, guests learn about their trip in time to the early Cretaceous Period. Dr. Seeker then cuts in and informs guests he’s changed their time destination to the late Cretaceous Period so they can bring back an Iguanodon. The problem? Guests will be arriving back in time right before the giant asteroid which killed the dinosaurs hits the earth! But not to worry; Dr. Seeker is confident all will be just fine.
From the theater, guests make their way down a hallway and then down a staircase to the loading area to board their Time Rover.
What are the Ride Vehicles Like for DINOSAUR?
The ride vehicles for DINOSAUR are Time Rovers which are large, clunky, time-traveling jeeps. Each Time Rover accommodates 12 guests with 4 guests per row. Each seat is lightly padded and has an individual fabric left belt. There’s also a bar for guests to hold onto due to the vehicle’s rough and jerky movements. Lastly, in order to board, guests must take a small step up into the ride vehicle.
What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience for DINOSAUR?
DINOSAUR is a three-and-a-half minute race against time in a dark jungle setting to find the Iguanodon before the meteor shower. Of course, in true Disney fashion, things go wrong when the Time Rover runs into the terrifying Carnotaurus who naturally complicates the mission.
DINOSAUR’s ride experience consists of stops and starts, sudden turns, drops, and a chase sequence. It’s a rough, jarring ride. It’s also stressful due to the ticking clock of approaching meteor shower, the Carnotaurus scenes, and the Carnotaurus chase. There are moments of darkness, flashing lights, and near misses as well. If you’re looking to be thrilled and even scared, DINOSAUR delivers; but if you’re looking for a calm dark ride, this isn’t it!
What Do You Need to Know About Accessibility for DINOSAUR?
Guests must transfer to the ride vehicle to experience Expedition Everest. It’s also important to note that service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for DINOSAUR?
For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
DINOSAUR can be extremely rough and jerky. Those fearful of the dark, scary scenes, and loud noises may want to skip this one. I would also warn parents with little ones that this attraction has a bit of a darker tone than other Disney thrill rides where things go wrong.
What are the Height Restrictions for DINOSAUR?
Guests must be at least 40 in. to experience DINOSAUR. This attraction also offers rider swap.
What Do You Need to Know About FastPass+ for DINOSAUR?
Disney situated Dinosaur in such a remote corner of the park that you have to poke around to find it. This, in conjunction with the overwhelming popularity of Pandora’s rides along with Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest, makes Dinosaur the easiest headliner attraction at Walt Disney World to get on. Lines should be relatively light through mid-morning, and more FastPasses should be available for day-of use.
Does Weather Affect DINOSAUR?
DINOSAUR and its primary queue are located indoors and out of the elements so weather will not affect this attraction.
What’s the Best Time of Day to Ride DINOSAUR?
As always, the best time to ride an attraction is first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. However, due to the popularity of the park’s other headliner attractions, those particular hours of the day may be better spent elsewhere.
This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for DINOSAUR when you visit on a day with a given Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see DINOSAUR Wait Times.
Did I answer all of your questions about DINOSAUR? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.