PHOTOS – The Current State of Dino-Rama at Animal Kingdom
Our team explored the wilds of Disney’s Animal Kingdom earlier this week and we thought it would be a good time to revisit Dinoland U.S.A. and Dino-Rama. This quirky, campy section of Dinoland is criticized for its cheap design, and some of its offerings have been reduced. Let’s take a quick look at a few things that are still worth appreciating in this little land.
The main attraction within Dino-Rama is Primeval Whirl. This whirling twirling “mouse” style coaster has been a hot topic for years. Plagued with maintenance issues, the coaster went from seasonal operation only to potentially being extinct. Currently it is still standing, but it has not operated in quite a while. There are some fun details and silly puns that you can see even though the ride isn’t available.
Another fun part of Dino-Rama is the midway games. These can be a silly use of time and family bonding, but they can also be costly. The new cutesy dinosaur plush prizes are popular. But, despite the popularity of the prizes, Disney has been reducing the amount of games in operation. During our visit this week only Bronto Score – the basketball game, and Comet Crasher were in operation.
If you’re looking for a break, Dino-Rama is a noisy part of the park, but is usually less crowded. Plus, young kids love dinosaurs and this a great spot to share with kids. There are lots of silly details so take a few moments to look around. Dino-Rama and Dinoland U.S.A. may not be a highlight of your vacation, but it can be a fun stop.
Have you explored Dinoland U.S.A. before? What’s your favorite detail?
2 thoughts on “PHOTOS – The Current State of Dino-Rama at Animal Kingdom”
As a boomer, I love going through Dino-Rama. It definitely represents small town 1950’s America, complete with the asphalt appearing paths. Perfect! It is the Disney detail that I love. I suspect a lot of Disney-philes know that Disney could not use real asphalt because when it gets hot it melts into a terrible goo. I can attest to that . I lost many a sandal in them. Disney perfectly replicated the look, complete with the cracks. Take a look and admire the next time you go (and think about loosing your shoe in a hot goo as well). Also when you visit Asia in AK, by Kali, look for the bike tire marks in the path Absolutely perfect. When my DH and I first saw that we stared at it and said “that’s exactly what the Thai paths looked like. Great going Disney ! The details !
I understand the theming of Dinorama and why it’s supposed to look tacky, but it is still is out of place in Disney Parks. It really looks bad with a broken ride t=with zero chance of reopening, too. I would love to see that area re-themed to something else. The only redeeming quality of the area is the Dinosaur attraction itself.