On this bucking bronco jeep adventure, DINOSAUR, allows guests to travel back in time to save an Iguanodon, but need to make sure they return to the present before the infamous meteor strikes.
Opening Day: April 22, 1998
Type of Ride: Simulator
Age Recommendation: Ages 9 and up
Duration of Ride: About 3 minutes
Typical Queue Time: Moderate to long; usually peaks at about 50 minutes
Single Rider Line: No
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: Yes
Type of Vehicle: Roaming simulator
Type of Restraint: Seat belt
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; morning. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: Yes
Height Requirements: 40 inches
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No
Shopping: Guests exit the attraction through “The Dino Institute Shop.” Here, a wide variety of Dino-themed souvenirs, including on-ride photographs, clothing, books, and toys, can be purchased.
Dining/Refreshment: Down the path from DINOSAUR, guests can enjoy a counter service lunch or dinner at Restaurantosaurus. Menu offerings include burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads.
Restroom: Facilities convenient to DINOSAUR are located at Restaurantosaurus and “Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures.”
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.
Did you know?
- DINOSAUR debuted with Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998. For the first two years of its operation, the attraction was called “Countdown to Extinction.” The moniker was changed in 2000 to promote Disney’s thirty-ninth animated feature, Dinosaur
- A statue of Dinosaur’s protagonist, Aladar the Iguanodon, sits in front of the attraction. Aside from a brief video clip and the incorporation of Iguanodons, DINOSAUR has no overt connection with Dinosaur.
- DINOSAUR’s preshow is themed as a paleontological research center, Dino Institute. This area doubles as a museum, with fossils, assorted dinosaur skeletons, murals, dioramas, and fact cards available for guest observation. An impressive Carnotaurus skeleton occupies the room’s center. The Carnotaurus is the antagonist in the attraction proper.
- Bill Nye offers narration in the museum preshow area. Bill Nye is prominently featured with Ellen DeGeneres in Epcot’s Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, an elaborate theater presentation that also features animatronic dinosaurs.
- After winding through the museum, guests view a video where the Dino Institute’s director, Dr. Marsh, reveals an impending journey to the Early Cretaceous Period, where guests will peacefully encounter dinosaurs. Unfortunately for Dr. Marsh, Dr. Seeker of the control center intentionally redirects the adventure to the Late Cretaceous Period, where guests will retrieve an Iguanodon for Dr. Seeker’s benefit. The ensuing adventure provides an exhilarating rush with guests encountering assorted dinosaur genera and rushing back to the present to bypass the landing of the disastrous meteor.
- Dr. Seeker provides verbal “instructions,” interspersed with corny humor, throughout the experience.
- The ride vehicles are called “Time Rovers.” These vehicles are roaming motion simulators.
- From 1998 to 2008, this attraction was sponsored by McDonalds.
- Theming aside, the Time Rovers are the same ride vehicles as those utilized on Disneyland’s “Indiana Jones Adventure,” which debuted in that park’s Adventureland in 1995. Additionally, the track layouts of this attraction and Indiana Jones Adventure are identical.
Hidden Mickeys are respectively embedded in the explosion clouds of the Dinosaur Extinction mural and on a tree in a mural just inside the building entrance.
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Top 5 Tips for DINOSAUR
- Dinosaur connection notwithstanding, DINOSAUR is not recommended for children, and it is arguably the scariest attraction in all of Walt Disney World. The ride proper is bumpy, dark, and deafening with dinosaur roars. Suffice to say, DINOSAUR should be avoided by guests with high blood pressure and back, heart, and neck problems. Expectant mothers should also avoid this adventure.
- Explore the educational preshow offerings.
- DINOSAUR is a must-experience attraction for fans of thrill rides.
- Consider watching Dinosaur before your visit.