The Demise of DinoLand U.S.A.?

Well, I know one thing for sure.  When it comes to DinoLand U.S.A., we do not want to “Leave it Alone”!  In fact, like the WDW Main Street Podcast crew, almost 40% of us want to “Eliminate” it entirely!

In total, over 90% of our respondents want to, at the very least, “Rehabilitate” this themed land.  A bit of a stunning result, this fact will disappoint some.  Notably, those that posted comments such as …

‘It’s fine.  Leave it alone!’  Or, ‘My kids love The Boneyard and Primeval Whirl.  When they were younger, they also liked TriceraTop Spin.’  And, ‘Leave it be for the kids!’  Finally, ‘We love DinoLand!  Yes, it is tacky, but The Boneyard and TriceraTop Spin are perfect for little kids and Primeval Whirl is a family favorite.’

Of course, there was this counterpoint … ‘To everyone saying to leave it because their kids love it, do you think kids wouldn’t love something well themed?  Storybook Circus in Fantasyland is really well done, and, I assume, beloved by small children.’  An honest question, I would say.

Other Dino fans quoted the land’s backstory … ‘I didn’t like it until I read the backstory. Now, I think it’s cute. I’d be sad to see it go away!’ And, ‘If they made the backstory more obvious, I can see how it would be more appealing.’

What is that backstory, you ask?  Check out this link.  It’s an interesting read!

In spite of this tale, however, much of your feedback took a different tone …

‘Eliminate. Unless they could rehabilitate it into something less nightmarishly garish and tacky.’

‘Eliminate.  Do something with Tarzan, Up, Dalmations, or Pocahontas.’

‘Eliminate!  The least Disney part of any Disney Park.  Don’t hate it, but it just seems so out of place with the vibe of Disney and specifically the Animal Kingdom.’

‘I’ve always thought they should have an Australia section in the Animal Kingdom.  Think of all the unique animals they have there.  DinoLand should go.  It doesn’t really fit in.’

‘I’ll be honest … I really despise this area.  I was just forced to be in it yesterday.  It is just not Disney to me.  I’m OK with kiddy rides, but the theming is awful.’

‘Eliminate.  Too much space for cheap rides.  I know they are supposed to be cheap.  I know the story.  I just think it could be better used.’

‘I feel like it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the park.  The whole Dino area, including Dinosaur, seems old and out-dated.’

‘I don’t make the connection.  It’s like an old-school carnival.  Maybe keep Dinosaur but not that whole area.’

‘Lose the old-school carnival theme, and make it more of a serious dinosaur exhibit area.’

‘It’s cute, but I never thought it fit at WDW.  It’s like a carnival.  Walt hated carnivals.  He wanted his parks to be the opposite of carnivals.’

‘Get rid of it.  Why would any of this be sacred … given Disney’s penchant for doing away with beloved rides.’

‘Eliminate.  As a first timer, I was stunned to see carny rides at Walt Disney World.  I didn’t pay a ton of cash for my son to play in a carnival.  He can do that at any of the carnivals over the summer … here at home!’

Well, there you have it, folks.  Once again, you have spoken.  Eliminate or rehabilitate … it really doesn’t matter.  In its current form, DinoLand U.S.A. doesn’t pass your approval.  What replaces it? Only time will tell!  Hey!  It’s gotta be next on Disney’s hit list, no?

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – DinoLand U.S.A.

Home to a cast of attractions such as DINOSAUR, Finding Nemo: The Musical, Primeval Whirl, and TriceraTop Spin, rumors of DinoLand U.S.A.’s demise pop up all of the time (it seems).

What do you think, folks?  If it were gone, would you miss this themed land?  Better yet, let’s get creative!  Allow me to resurrect a popular All in WDW feature – Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?!

What’s this all about you ask?  Well, open up your imaginations, because it goes something like …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you’re enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!  Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

DinoLand U.S.A.!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the theme alone, but give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it with new themes and attractions altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  This is what we do.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

Four Parks, One World? Four Parks, ONE Day!

In case you missed all of last Saturday’s “shenanigans”.  Here it is … all in ONE place.

We woke up with a challenge on our minds.  We had never tried to tackle all four WDW parks in one day.

So, we sketched out a very loosely-defined plan and took off for the TTC.  A tram ride from the Simba section and a shivering journey on a ferry later, we were in “The Kingdom”!

Here are those links …

The only thing we haven’t shared, as yet, is our “brunch” at Gaston’s Tavern.  That will come soon.  It was our first visit … other than a serving of LeFou’s Brew some time ago.

After we returned from “orbit”, it was time to …

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“Four Park” Flash Report! – Dinosaur Hunters

Bingo! Bullseye! Four parks? ONE day! Boom!

It all ended with a dash to …

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… because we had Dinosaur on our minds. Yes, Dinosaur.

You see, as we made our way to Animal Kingdom, we realized that we hadn’t taken a chance to enjoy that attraction for years!

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After we captured our “prey”, what was next? Well, with a four park “victory” in hand, we felt it was time to celebrate. We stopped by …

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… and enjoyed a Safari Amber in a take-home commemorative glass!

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Four Parks, One World. Four Parks, ONE Day. Done!