There are three things that make an attraction sing to me. First is the theme, second is the back story, and third is the ride itself. I’ll admit that we don’t visit the Animal Kingdom very often because overall, it doesn’t have the appeal the other three parks have but Dinosaur is an attraction that has all three of the requirements I have for an excellent attraction.
The theme is detailed and very appropriate for an institute whose mission is the study of Dinosaurs. The detail extends from the T-Rex that appears in the foliage as you approach the ride, an exact replica of the most complete and best preserved T-Rex found to date to the red, yellow , and white pipes you see as you approach the loading zone which have the chemical formulas for ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise respectively written on them (by the way, the ride is sponsored by McDonald’s). I know that condiments are not part of the whole world of dinosaurs but it reflects the detail involved in all parts of the theme.
The back story involves going back in time to rescue a particular dinosaur before the species becomes extinct and the story is reflected throughout the queue and in the “briefings” you receive before you begin your adventure. It’s all put together into a very neat package.
The ride itself is lots of fun even though it can be a bit rough at times (not overly so though). It includes being menaced by a T-Rex-ish dinosaur invented by the Imagineers to be extra scary and a rapid return through time to the present after successfully saving the threatened dinosaur. The mission is always successful much like saving Little Red at Kilimanjaro Safari, also at the Animal Kingdom. If you have never given Dinosaur a try go ahead, I think you’ll enjoy it!!
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