Last week, I received my latest video from the Disney Movie Club…The 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.
The obvious place to find a dinosaur at Disney World is the Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland.
Guests can learn many dinosaur facts while visiting 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.
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.
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.
While waiting in the queue, guests can also learn about how dinosaurs evolved and see the skeletal remains of a real Carnotaurus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.