Last week, I received my latest video from the Disney Movie ClubThe Good Dinosaur in 3-D. Not only do I love the story line and characters (Spot is my favorite), but this animated masterpiece is so incredible in 3-D! After I finished watching the movie and removed my glasses, I thought about all of the wonderful opportunities guests have to learn about Dinosaurs at Walt Disney World.

Disney Movie Club LIthograph, The Good Dinosaur

Disney Movie Club Lithograph, The Good Dinosaur

 

The obvious place to find a dinosaur at Disney World is the Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland.

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

 

Guests can learn many dinosaur facts while visiting Dinoland.

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

 

A Wilderness Explorer guide can be found at the entrance to Dinoland  teaching younger (and older) guests about “all things dinosaur.” Guests will find out what different dinos eat and the structure of their bones.

 

Animal Kingdom's Dinoland

Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland

 

While walking through this prehistoric land, younger visitors can be found digging up dinosaur bones in the Dinosaur Boneyard. There are swinging bridges, surprises at every turn, and “loads of dino bones” in this interactive area.

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Boneyard

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland's Boneyard

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Boneyard

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Boneyard

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland's Boneyard

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Boneyard

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland's Boneyard

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Boneyard

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland's Boneyard

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Boneyard

 

Our favorite attraction in Dinoland and a great way to learn about dinos is Dinosaur…..the ride. Visitors to this attraction can catch a glimpse of a huge dinosaur skeleton inside the entrance to the ride.

 

Animal Kingdom's Dinoland

Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland

 

While waiting in the queue, guests can also learn about how dinosaurs evolved and see the skeletal remains of a real Carnotaurus.

 

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland's Dinosaur

Animal Kingdom, Dinoland’s Dinosaur

 

The attraction itself introduces riders to multiple dinosaurs as they jettison back in time to the Cretaceous period to find a vege-eating Iguanodon. Upon exiting the “time rover,” guests will find a gift shop at the attraction’s exit where multiple books, plastic and plush animals of various dinos, and other prehistoric toys can be found.

Before leaving Dinoland, make sure to grab a bite to eat at the Restaurantosaurus. The chicken fingers are great! The story behind this eatery is a group of paleontology students and their professors take up residence in the restaurant.  For a more detailed glance at this interesting back story, please read this interesting article by Jack Spence found at www.allears.net by clicking here.

Animal Kingdom, Restaurantosaurus

Animal Kingdom, Restaurantosaurus

 

The Animal Kingdom is not the only place you can find these prehistoric creatures. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has one of the largest dinos on Disney property…Gertie! The great thing about Gertie is what is found in her belly. Ice Cream! Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction offers vanilla, chocolate and swirl flavors, along with other frozen and salty treats.

 

Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction

Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction

 

Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction

Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction

 

Gertie was first made famous as an animated cartoon character. This famous brontosaurus appeared to audiences  in the early 1900’s before finding her way to Disney.

 

Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of ExtinctionDinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction

Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction

 

There’s another eatery on Disney property that houses a large dinosaur! T-Rex…at Disney Springs! We have eaten there on two occasions. Although it can get a bit crowded (and loud), the atmosphere is fabulous! The food is very good and there are many opportunities to learn about the various dinosaurs found in this restaurant.

Disney Spring's T-Rex

Disney Spring’s T-Rex

 

Disney Spring's T-Rex

Disney Spring’s T-Rex

 

Although the dino dig at T-Rex is not as large as it’s Dinoland counterpart, it does give younger visitors a chance to dig up dinosaur bones as they wait to eat.

 

Disney Spring's T-Rex

Disney Spring’s T-Rex

 

Epcot is also no stranger to dinosaurs. The Universe of Energy attraction takes guests back in time to find out where energy started. Guests will be introduced to a variety of dinosaurs as they travel through this 45-minute attraction in large vehicles.

 

Epcot, Universe of Energy

Epcot, Universe of Energy

 

This leaves The Magic Kingdom. There is one “somewhat hidden” dinosaur found at the Magic Kingdom. If you can figure out where it is located, let us know in the comment section below. Happy Hunting!!!!

**Hint: The Magic Kingdom dino is part of an attraction.

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