In February of this year, the My Fangirl Life team visited Disney World. It was really an epic adventure. We wore different Disneybound outfits each day and journeyed through all the parks to our hearts’ content. One of my favourite stories to tell from this trip is about That Time We Went on DINOSAUR.
All of the rides at Disney World are wonderfully well done, which you will certainly know if you’ve been there. I’m always so impressed with what we like to call the “Disney Touch” – being the attention to the most minuscule details that is always present when Disney has had a hand in creating something. DINOSAUR was no exception, and I think we had an even more intense experience on this ride than most do. There are ride spoilers in this post, but I think you can assume most of them will happen. The part that made it crazy is the part that just didn’t work right for our experience!
Here is how it all went down:
We arrived at Animal Kingdom on the morning of what I believe was our second day at Disney World. All three of us were quite excited about all of the Parks, but I think this was the one we knew the least about and were possibly the least interested in out of the 4 we planned to visit. It ended up being most definitely worth the time and money.
Kris had booked all of our Fastpasses ages in advance, so we already had one for DINOSAUR pretty much on arrival. We beelined there, while still taking the time to enjoy the magnificent entry to this Park. When we reached the building that housed the ride, we were pretty much able to walk on, which means we didn’t appreciate all the detail in the queue area (though we noticed this later!).
When we reached the front of the line, we were herded into a room where a video was playing. It was essentially a “safety” presentation from the lab that was letting us go back in time to the age of the dinosaurs… though the presentation was interrupted so we could be asked (secretly) to find a certain dinosaur and bring it back with us for testing.
When the video ended, another set of doors opened and we shuffled through. After going down a set of stairs, we were put into carts (in the front row) and buckled ourselves up. We were off!
For any of you that have been to Disneyland, this ride is modelled after the Indiana Jones ride. Apparently the carts we were strapped into are actually exact copies of that, and the track itself is said to be similar if not identical.
The ride started off really nicely – we were on a pleasant little tour of prehistoric times. Dinosaurs were frolicking, we were coasting. It was all very mellow and of course the details were beautiful. And of course, all the dinosaurs were those nice plant-eating ones – no carnivores to be seen!
Before long, we were told by our friend from the “safety” demonstration that we’d been dropped in too close to the time that the asteroid hit the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Oh no! Suddenly lights were flashing, we were being whipped around in that cart, and all of the scary dinosaurs came out to play.
In the midst of being whisked around the now bumpy track, our cart just stopped. In fact, everything stopped right as it felt like the ride was to about hit a climax. It was pitch dark and our cart was revving like it was stuck in the mud and couldn’t get going again. Back and forth, it was slowly rolling, trying to get unstuck. For the first 3 minutes this was all totally fine, but once we hit that time marker everyone on our cart started to get nervous.
Normally when Disney rides break down, they’ll either turn the lights on and let you walk off or at least make an announcement to let the riders know. This time neither of these things happened. The darkness went on for an exorbitant amount of time. In reality it was probably about 5 minutes total but that is ages in ride time and brought us into total suspension of disbelief.
The cart finally started moving again, and it burst right into the climax of the ride. Lights were flashing and the adrenaline was pumping. We were terrified. Justine and I literally started to cry when a large horrifying dinosaur jumped out at us and blew smoke into our faces. I think I actually tried to hide in Justine’s lap and even Kris (who is so rarely scared) tried to crawl as close to us as she possibly could.
The ride was over shortly after that and the three of us were shaking as we walked off. In fact, everyone in our cart was pretty terrified. Justine and I wiped the tears from our faces as some of the children who had been on the ride ahead of us looked on – and they seemed to be totally fine! We discussed the ride and it all boiled down to one thing I said:
“I was afraid of the DINOSAURS. Not that the ride would be scary or fast or anything. I was literally worried the dinosaurs might eat me.”
Despite this ride being one of the most terrifying experiences of my life, it was one of our favourite rides in all of Disney World and we rode it several more times. Each time was almost as intense (I think we created solid fear pathways with that first experience), but we returned again and again. I think one of the most horrifying moments was during the second time we rode it and I realized that at the spot we had been stuck there was a dinosaur that was supposed to jump out at us. He was just LURKING there in the dark that entire time!
But just how good was the ride that we all still talk about? Of course we’re going to use the My Fangirl Life rating system for this one!
10/10 feels: ?ﾟﾘﾃ??ﾟﾘﾨ?????
This ride is a lot of fun, even without the crazy experience we had riding it. I kind of think it could be a tad bit scary for children, but I couldn’t believe the small ones I saw coming off of the ride happily, so maybe I’m out to lunch on that one. This was one of my favourite Disney World rides.
Have you ever been on DINOSAUR? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!