(originally named Countdown to Extinction
) is a dark ride
at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World
, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
In the attraction, guests board vehicles called Time Rovers
and are taken on a turbulent journey through the Cretaceous
era, featuring prehistoric scenes populated with animatronic dinosaurs. The ride liberally utilizes dry ice and fiber-optic meteor effects.
Originally named Countdown to Extinction
, the ride's name was later changed to DINOSAUR
to promote the film of the same name
during its release year. The attraction has never contained any explicit references to the film. However, the two dinosaurs most prominently featured in the ride have always been an Iguanadon and Carnotaurus, which were both featured prominently in the film. Scenes from the movie also appear in the pre-show, to help the guests identify the Iguanadon as the film's protagonist, Aladar.
Guests enter the Dino Institute, a once secret research facility. After moving through the queue area, which features real dinosaur remains and a background narration by Bill Nye the Science Guy
, they are taken to a room where they watch a pre-show video. The ride's pre-show film director is Jerry Rees
, best known for his animated film The Brave Little Toaster.
It was written by Steve Spiegel, with Reed Smoot
as Director of Photography
In the video, Dr. Marsh announces that the guests are about to board Time Rovers
that will take them on peaceful... Read More