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|At A Glance
||A cross between a roller-coaster
and a ghost-train style ride. Carries a 48 inch minimum height
The "Countdown to Extinction" attraction
at Disney's Animal Kingdom has been renamed "Dinosaur"
after the new Disney movie of the same name, and following the
installation of "Sue" in the exhibit hall. (Sue is the
most complete T-Rex fossil ever discovered, that was bought by
Disney and McDonalds, and which has been undergoing restoration
in the Fossil Preparation
Lab within the Animal Kingdom theme park).
The ride is a cross between the thrill of roller
coaster and the jolting, twisting and turning of Universal's "Back
to the Future," with the surprises of a carnival fun house.
Anyone who has ridden the "Indiana Jones" adventure
ride at Disneyland will recognize the shuttle-craft cars and full-range
The ride starts with guests being strapped into
high speed vehicles, after which they are catapulted back in time
to complete a dangerous mission to locate the last living Iguanodon,
in an attempt to uncover the answer to the extinction of the dinosaurs
during the Cretaceous period.
The three and a half minute frenetic ride has
you dodging meteors, encountering and being chased by the carniverous
Carnotaurus after an easy lunch before completing the mission.
Because the ride is so new, the cars tend to jerk
around more than the smooth ride you get with "Indiana Jones,"
but this will most likely decline as Animal Kingdom gets into
Dinosaur is reached by first passing through the
Parents take note that this ride is very intense,
and has a height restriction of 48 inches, so will exclude some
younger guests. As with most ride style attractions it's not recommended
for anyone suffering from back or neck problems, or a heart condition.