Category Archives: Dinoland

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Dinosaur and The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I had been to Animal Kingdom once in October of 2001 and I remembered the ride Dinosaur being super scary. Combining this memory with the fact that Luke was pretty frightened of lava and meteors at the time of our trip (and I really can’t blame him), we decided he would skip that ride. So I went over to ride Dinosaur while Tom brought the kids to The Boneyard, then we switched.

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I did not remember the dino skeleton inside the Dinosaur ride. Pretty cool.

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The ride was still scary. I don’t care if it’s animatronic, a Carnotaurus lunging at my head will always make me scream! Plus it’s super fast. Ahhh! But I really like the storyline on this ride. Time travel is fun!

I got Fast Passes to ride again, but it never happened. There’s just too much fun stuff to do in the ol’ Animal Kingdom. Oh well.

Meanwhile, back at The Boneyard, the kids were enjoying an excavation site playground. With lots of slides, yay!

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As soon as I could locate Tom among the bones and stones, he headed to ride Dinosaur himself. The kids and I crossed the bridge from the playground to the digging area. Oh, the joy! The kids could’ve stayed all day. These kiddie playgrounds are one of the best parts of Disney for several of us.

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Most of the dinosaur was already uncovered, but Luke was content to dig elsewhere.

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Scarlett enjoyed filling and dumping and filling and dumping a pail.

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These tiny rocks were really neat to scoop.

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This was such an engaging playspace, I wondered if they kids would ever be willing to leave.

Luckily, Dad’s return was enough of a change to get everyone to move on to the next attraction: Finding Nemo, The Musical!

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Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

After our great experience on Kilimanjaro Safaris during Extra Magic Hours, it was still early and many rides hadn’t opened yet. We made our way across the park to Dinoland U.S.A. in search of breakfast and something fun to do.

Tom and the kids rode TriceraTop Spin while I looked for a place to eat.

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Turns out there weren’t any restaurants open for breakfast over by the dinos, so after the ride, our morning meal consisted of Mickey shaped cookies and rice krispie treats from Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures gift shop. Breakfast of Champions!

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We ate while Tom took a ride on Primeval Whirl. It looks cutesy but you have to be 48″ to ride this thrill ride.

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Finally, it was time for most of the attractions to open. Onward to The Boneyard, Dinosaur, and Finding Nemo: The Musical.