This is one of Animal Kingdom's premier attractions. Entering the attraction building, you find that you are visiting a dinosaur research facility. Frankly, the place looks just like a dinosaur museum display…and it's supposed to. As you wind through the queue you can check out several displays and boards with information on the reptilian giants of years ago.

Eventually you enter a room in which you are told the secret of this institution. Not only are you able to enjoy the displays, but through a modern breakthrough in technology you can go back in time to when the dinos dominated the planet. The catch is that a renegade scientist wants you to bring a dino back with you when you return. You exit the presentation room and make your way down a corridor and some steel-grid stairs into a laboratory in which the time vehicles are loaded. The ride is based on the same vehicle technology and track layout as Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: Far back of end DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Date Opened: 4/22/1998
  • # of Ride Units:
  • Ride Capacity: 12 passengers per vehicle
  • Restraint Method: Seatbelt
  • Ticket Rating: E Ticket
  • Ride Photo: Yes
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Opens and closes with the park. This attraction is open during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.
  • Wait Times: As Animal Kingdom's only true thrill ride, lines can be very long, more than 45 minutes so use of FastPass is strongly recommended.
  • Length of Ride: 3 minutes 30 seconds
  • FastPass: Yes
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: The queue is well themed to be the outer areas of The Dino Institute, and you'll wend your way past fossils (including a replica of Sue, a T. rex found at Chicago's Field Museum), labs, and other artifacts.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: The ride is bumpy with sudden movements and changes of direction. People with heart, back, or neck problems should not ride. Pregnant women should also not ride.
  • Ride Access: The queue is wheelchair and ECV accessible.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: It is necessary to transfer from wheelchairs and ECVs into the ride vehicles. This will require climbing into the car and then maneuvering into the necessary seat.
  • Service Animals: No
  • Audio: Assistive listening devises are available for audio portions of the actual ride. Video captioning is available for certain monitors in the queue and preshow area.
  • Weight and Size Issues: Seats may be tight for the tall or large, but should accommodate everybody.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: 40" (102 cm.)
  • Child Swap: Yes.
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: This ride has been in this location since the park opened in 1998.
  • The Attraction's History: When the park opened, this ride was known at Countdown to Extinction. As a promotional tie-in, the name was changed to Dinosaur in April 2000 shortly before the release of the movie with the same name. One remnant of the original name can be seen in the cTx label on the ride vehicles.
  • Other Trivia:
    • That seems familiar: Dinosaur uses the same technology and track layout as Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland.
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