Prehistoric Nature’s Wonderland: Some Specifics

Hi readers! I recently received some feedback on my ideas for Animal Kingdom, and I thought I would address some concerns people had over my ideas for a Dinoland U.S.A. overhaul.

First I’ll share an updated version of the Dinoland section from my Animal Kingdom post. The new name of the land would be, “Prehistoric Nature’s Wonderland.” The new theme of the land would be that it is a land that was somehow mysteriously protected from the giant asteroid that destroyed all of the the dinosaurs on earth, and that the Dino Institute built a facility there for research. The two new rides in this land would be, “The Excavator,” and, “Prehistoric Adventure.” The Excavator would be a roller coaster/dark ride hybrid with a level of thrill equal to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom. The main draw of this ride would be the dark ride scenes which would include huge audio animatronic dinosaurs. The Excavator would take over the land currently used by the Boneyard play area and Chester & Hester’s Dinorama. Prehistoric Adventure would be a slow moving train ride through large outdoor sets. The ride would be reminiscent of, “Mine Train Ride Through Nature’s Wonderland,” which used to exist at Disneyland in California. The main difference would be that you are riding past prehistoric sets filled with audio animatronics of prehistoric animals large and small. This ride wouldn’t be much of a thrilling ride, just a slow ride that allows you to relax and take in the atmosphere. The ride would use a peoplemover ride system, and it would take over the land currently used by the Theatre in the Wild. The ride DINOSAUR would be renamed to Countdown to Extinction and would have a slight story change, mainly evident in the queue and pre-show, to reflect the new theme of the land. I would also add a post show to the ride featuring an audio animatronic iguanodon, potentially repurposing the old one that used to be on the Discovery River.

Now that that’s out of the way, time to address concerns. One concern people had was that the attractions I had decided to build did not seem like they would be interesting to young kids or adults. While these attractions would not be very thrilling, the way I would try to keep the audience interested on these rides would be the audio animatronics and physical sets involved, similar to how rides like it’s a small word, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean captivate their audiences. Another concern was that the overall feel and ambiance seemed slow and uninteresting. The feeling that I wanted to create in this land can be described as, “Jurassic Park but without all the death and danger (except on countdown to extinction).” I feel like the type of environment where there isn’t much danger but there is much to see and explore fits the description of most, if not all of the lands at A.K., and it was the type of environment I was going for while creating this land. Hopefully this gives you guys a better understanding of what I was going for in this land.

Here is a map showing the layout:

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I didn’t give specific track layouts for the two new rides yet. Be sure to comment below if you have any ideas! That wraps things up for this week. See ya’!

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