Animal Kingdom | DinoLand U.S.A.
Children can become amateur paleontologists while blowing off steam at this elaborate playground.
Opening Day: April 22, 1998
Type of Ride: Playground
Age Recommendation: 4 to 10
Duration of Ride: Unlimited
Typical Queue Time: None
Single Rider Line: No
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: No
Type of Vehicle: None
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: No. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: Yes
Shopping: Dinosaur-related souvenirs are available for purchase nearby at “Boneyard Cart.”
Dining/Refreshment: Several counter service restaurants are located near The Boneyard in DinoLand U.S.A. Guests can enjoy a complete lunch and dinner at Restaurantosaurus; offerings at this well-themed eatery include roasted chicken, burgers, hot dogs, a BLT sandwich, and clam chowder. Meanwhile, nachos are served at Dino Diner, and ice cream treats dominate the menu at Dino Bite Snacks.
Restroom: Facilities convenient to The Boneyard are situated near Restaurantosaurus.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Animal Kingdom smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.
The Boneyard Fun Facts
Did you know?
- The Boneyard is one of three major playground attractions at Walt Disney World, the others being Tom Sawyer Island and the queue for Dumbo the Flying Elephant, both located at the Magic Kingdom. From 1990 until 2016, a fourth major playground, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure,” based on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), operated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure closed to prepare for the park’s Star Wars expansion.
- The Boneyard opened with the Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998.
- The Boneyard is “operated” by the Dino Institute, which guests can experience more fully on the DINOSAUR attraction. DINOSAUR, unlike The Boneyard, is better suited for adults.
- The Boneyard features a plethora of activities and visuals for children, including elevated walkways, slides, staircases, tunnels, a Jeep, net and rope climbing ramps, musical fossils, fact sheets, sandboxes where guests can dig for faux dinosaur and mammoth bones, and dinosaur skeletons.
- The Boneyard is cushioned for safety purposes.
- The material in the sandbox is “Texas Grit,” not actual sand.
- The plastic cement bones found around The Boneyard were cast from real dinosaur bones found in places such as Utah’s Dinosaur National Park.
- The entrance sign for The Boneyard is a replica of a Stegosaurus’ shoulder blade.
Hidden Mickeys can be found on a red bicycle towards the back of The Boneyard and near the water fountain on the playground’s ground level, respectively.
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Top 5 Tips for The Boneyard
- The Boneyard’s setup is convoluted, so make sure to watch your children closely. There is only one exit to the playground, and it is well staffed with Cast Members.
- If you are on a tight schedule, set a time limit for The Boneyard. Play is unlimited, and you may be here for a while with the children enjoying themselves.
- Adults touring alone should take a look at The Boneyard even if they do not plan to linger; the area is visually impressive.
- Keep a water bottle handy, as the play area is largely exposed to the Florida sun.
- Take some photographs.