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Disney's Animal Kingdom: Dinoland U.S.A.

A great place to interact with those fantastic creatures of yesteryear, Dinoland U.S.A. is considered by most guests to be the most memorable part of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Here you will find a celebration of ancient dinosaurs, giant extinct mammals (which aren't technically dinosaurs), and (thanks to management being the product of an American public-school education) modern Australian fish.

Much of this area is decorated as a cheesy roadside carnival because, as scientists are oft heard to comment, "Nothing says 'cheap' and 'touristy' like paleontology!" But despite the area's somewhat slapped-together appearance, it was actually carefully conceived, planned, themed, and construction over the course of many, many days (upwards of three, if you believe the rumors).

Finding Nemo -- The Musical
This show (the latest in a series that included The Black Caulderon -- The Opretta and Newsies -- The Dramatic Reading) is a full-stage recreation of memorable scenes from Finding Nemo with all new songs and choreography. In keeping with Animal Kingdom's theme, it is performed by real fish (with, unfortunately, rather obvious lip-synching).

The Boneyard
What do you do when museums are so full that one more fossil would make them burst a seam? Build a play area! The Boneyard is a thrilling, interactive play area constructed around actual fossil bones. Kids can run through the ribs of apatosaurus, slide down a raptor's spine, or pretend to dig up a woolly mammoth and inspect its teeth for signs that it's been eating cave men. Adults will be interested to know that the sand in the play area is really ground-up trilobites!

TriceraTop Spin
Ever wonder what it would be like if Dumbo were a dinosaur? Now's your chance to find out!

Primeval Whirl!
Ever wonder what it would be like to throw up on a dinosaur? Now's your chance to find out!

DINOSAUR
If Disneyland's Indiana Jones ride were darker, cheaper, full of dinosaurs, and all in caps, it would be DINOSAUR. Guests are strapped into a time-traveling De Lorian for a thrill-packed ride into the past where they are challenged to find and capture a dinosaur before it can mutate into something that will one day destroy Tokyo. But be careful -- if your vehicle runs over so much as a butterfly, you could ruin the future forever!


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