Formerly known as Countdown to Extinction when Animal
Kingdom first opened in 1998, this attraction experienced a
name change when the Disney movie "Dinosaur" was
released. In fact, you may notice that the iguanodon you're
trying to capture in the attraction is the star of the movie!
The attraction wasn't redesigned for the movie; actually, the
movie was in the planning stage when this attraction was
conceived for the new WDW theme park, giving us two different
angles for looking at the same characters!
As you leave the
pre-show area to board the Time Rovers, you'll notice this
where the cast member admits you to the viewing room.
Using full-range motion ride technology, this attraction,
located in Chester and Hester's Dinorama, delivers thrills,
chills and laughs. Dr. Seeker enlists you to go back in time
to capture an iguanodon--which is strictly against the Dino
Institute's regulations, as Dr. Marsh (played in the pre-show
film by Phylicia Rashad) reminds her colleague. However, just
as you're about to board your vehicle, Dr. Seeker manipulates
the settings once again, and he guides you through time to
capture "our dino." However, if it's possible to
listen to what he's saying over the screams as you encounter
one prehistoric organism after another, you'll notice that,
when Seeker yells "Right," your vehicle swerves to
the left. And his reassurances not to worry are not so
comforting. Lots of jerky motions and darkness may make this
less than an ideal possibility for the little ones in the
group, and you must be 40 inches tall to ride. This is one of
my favorites in DAK, and I ride it every time I visit the
Your ride experience lasts about three minutes.
This banner welcomes you
to The Dino Institute.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
tells us all about the asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction
with this ceiling-mounted model.
"bones" welcome you as you enter the pavilion.
It's great to see
Phylicia Rashad, who plays Dr. Marsh, welcome us to The Dino
It seems Dr. Marsh has
to correct a little misunderstanding from Dr. Seeker--
who wants us to bring back an iguanodon from the past.
Dr. Seeker informs us as we're about to board the Time
and bring back one dino, "extra large."
A Time Rover waiting for
its cue to begin its expedition.
The Time Rover is
actually an "Enhanced Motion Vehicle" (EMV), which
is similar to those used in Disneyland's
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye."