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10 Reasons We Love DinoLand U.S.A in Animal Kingdom at Disney World

The ideas at the heart of Animal Kingdom are focused on conservation, education, exploration and discovery and in order for Animal Kingdom to fully encompass all those ideas they don’t just look at the present and the future, but also at the past. A big part of earth’s past are the dinosaurs, and Animal Kingdom celebrates those prehistoric beasts with DinoLand U.S.A. Here are 10 reasons why we love DinoLand U.S.A at Animal Kingdom.


10 – Character Meet and Greet

Guests can meet Disney’s favorite dogs, Pluto and Goofy in DinoLand. The backdrop features rolling green hills, quaint houses and the title ‘DinoLand’ painted across, giving your photo a unique postcard style. It’s a great memento of your time in DinoLand and the characters you can meet there.

Pluto & Goofy-AK

9 – Dino-Sue

Dino-Sue is a reproduction of the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever found, with paleontologists uncovering more than 90% of the skeleton. Dino-Sue is 13 feet high and 40 feet long. Dino-Sue reminds guests that these massive creatures really did roam the earth at one point, and that this area of Animal Kingdoms is dedicated to the creatures that once were here but no longer are.

8 – The Boneyard

This is an amazing playground where young kids can run around, play in the shade and dig up some fossils. There are ropes to climb, crevices and corners to explore and dinosaur bridges to cross. It’s the perfect spot for adults to stop and rest while kids can run around and discover all there is to do in The Boneyard.

Dino Playground

7 -Trilo-Bites

This little counter serves up some delicious sweet and savory snacks. On your way into DinoLand U.S.A indulge in a Waffle Sundae, or go for their specialty the Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider. Trilo-Bites is the perfect place to grab a little something to refuel, be it a quick snack, a float or a beer to cool you down. It’s one of the little gems tucked into the corners in Disney that’s easy to walk right by, but do yourself a favor and stop at Trilo-Bites.

6 – Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures

This souvenir shop is loads of fun to shop around in. It’s a retro-themed dinosaur store, with Animal Kingdom, Disney and dinosaur merchandise. There’s a dinosaur at the center of the store (who is known to wear a Santa hat at the holidays) and all kinds of toys hanging from the ceiling. If you’re in DinoLand, this is the place to stop and shop.


5 – Carnotaurus

Carnotaurus is the meat-eating dinosaur pursuing guests in the attraction Dinosaur. He’s the big red scaly horned dinosaur with sharp teeth, but tiny arms. Carnotaurus has gained a bit of a fan following, and guests can buy t-shirts with this fearsome dino on them, among other Carnotaurus merchandise like picture frames, toys, and even pressed pennies. Disney dino fans love Carnotaurus and we love that Disney has given those fans more of what they love!

4 – Restaurantosaurus

This is a great and fun place to stop for a quick-service meal while in DinoLand. The story goes that it was home to student paleontologists who turned their dorm into a restaurant. There are a lot of inside jokes, some interesting décor to check out and a good amount of indoor seating, which is very appealing in the middle of a hot day at the park. The menu features American cuisine, like burgers and hot dogs and chicken nuggets. This is a great place to dine for guests who are less adventurous eaters.

3 – Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl takes people back in time on this coaster that spins, whips and twirls guests around. The ride is located in Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama area and has that same whimsical, carnival theming of the area. Fun cartoon style dinosaurs and gadgets, clocks and meteors surround guests as they are whipped around the track and spin back in time. It’s an exciting ride, but be warned, if you don’t like rides that spin, this may be one you want to sit out.

2 – Theming

The theming here is not just dinosaurs, it’s more than that. The Imagineers have created a world that feels very different from the other lands in Animal Kingdom. DinoLand feels very man made as it focuses less on the natural world than the other areas of the park, which is a nice change of pace and scenery. Guests are surrounded by bright colors, and kitschy décor at Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama carnival mid-way, and it creates a fun and whimsical atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family.


1 – Dinosaur

Dinosaur is the main attraction in DinoLand and for good reason. It offers big thrills and an immersive experience. Dinosaur brings guests face to face with both docile dinosaurs, and massive, frightening dinosaurs, and there are even a few laughs to be had in there too, like the Alioramus snacking on a smaller dinosaur, or the Sauropod who burps as he munches away on some leafy greens. Dinosaur delivers in story, thrills, excitement and fun, and that’s why it’s the number one thing we love about DinoLand U.S.A.

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About Lauren Repei

Lauren lives in Hamilton Ontario, but dreams of one day moving to Orlando to be closer to the Magic Kingdom. In the meantime, she spends her days working for the family business as a barista and baker, being active in the independent theatre scene in Hamilton and working part-time as a professional personal assistant to a writer. Lauren’s most memorable Disney moment is by far when she became engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle making it her best Disney vacation to date.