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I'm not one to get bent out of shape about theming and whether or not something fits, but I loathe Primeval Whirl. The area as a whole doesn't bother me, but that particular ride just looks terrible. We skipped it on all 3 of our trips in the last 5 years.

I took my first whirl last year and I think that will be my last haha.

The area looks fun for what it is, but compared to the rest of the park it just seems odd to be on a well-themed parking lot carnival. I love Dinosaur though and as many times as I've been on Indy they both still feel like two different experiences to me which is awesome.

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That whole area of AK sounds like it's really in need of a re-do, not including Dinosaur! for now. And it should be like the way they totally plussed up Fantasyland in DL back in 1983. But take out the flat rides and create some new original rides, etc. And a total re-theme with new backstory would probably help it, too.

 

My 7 cents.

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I think Primeval Whirl became a "seasonal" attraction some time ago. Frankly, will anyone miss the thing if they remove it?

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Primeval Whirl (and that whole area) are a massive zit on the face of Animal Kingdom. Primeval Whirl itself is probably my least favourite ride at any Disney park.

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I think Primeval Whirl became a "seasonal" attraction some time ago. Frankly, will anyone miss the thing if they remove it?

 

Correct, but it stayed on the map until now.

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My biggest beef with Dinoland is that the 48" height requirement on Primevil whirl is crazy for kids, and I wish there was just a little more there. The cheesy roadside attraction theme isn't my favorite but it works, and kids love it. The play ground is great, the Triceretops Spin is a solid and reliable attraction for kids, if there were another couple dino-themed flat rides, a carousel, maybe a version of Heimlich's Chew Chew train through some dinosaur stuff would be really cool, and again younger kids would love it.

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I've been to Animal Kingdom 3 or 4 times since Primeval Whirl opened, and never got the credits. Always thought "eh, maybe next time, there are better things to do here."

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Honestly, the one at Fun Spot is better and that's just not a sequence of words that you should say about any ride at Walt Disney World.

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Honestly, the one at Fun Spot is better and that's just not a sequence of words that you should say about any ride at Walt Disney World.

 

I'll say it.......... Fun Spot has better wooden roller coasters than Disney .

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Primeval Whirl and more surprisingly, Rivers of Light confirmed to be closed permanently via CM memo

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Primeval Whirl closing is perfectly fine. I do understand what Disney was going for with Dinoland USA and recognize there is actually a pretty substantial backstory to it, which is neat. However, it fell flat for me time and time again.

 

I really cannot understand though why they would close Primeval Whirl but keep that section of the park open. It seems bizarre, if you ask me. It would be like Radiator Springs Racer closing for good and keeping the other two flats. I mean, you could do it. But it just seems bare now.

 

Rivers of Light was an enjoyable show. And a necessary show. But it didn't wow me or anything. I hope they're replacing and not just eliminating, but we'll see.

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^ They were due to replace it next year anyway from what I read. Obviously thats probably been put off for now.

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I really cannot understand though why they would close Primeval Whirl but keep that section of the park open. It seems bizarre, if you ask me. It would be like Radiator Springs Racer closing for good and keeping the other two flats. I mean, you could do it. But it just seems bare now.

 

Animal Kingdom is (by Disney standards) actually a pretty terrible park for little kids (in terms of rides... obviously they have great animal exhibits). TriceraTop Spin is one of only (I think) three rides in the park that doesn’t have a height requirement and the only one of those three that doesn’t normally have multi-hour waits (Navi River Journey and Safari being the other two). It’s also available to expectant mothers. I actually can’t think of any other ride in the park that is except for Navi River Journey.

 

I never thought about any of this until we went with some friends of ours last year and they had a little kid and another one on the way. At Magic Kingdom they can ride tons of rides, but at Animal Kingdom you’re mostly SOL.

 

So thanks to them we can now say that we’ve been on TriceraTop spin which wasn’t a ride I ever thought I’d ride.

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To sum up my recent experience today, on a weekend:

 

I got on Flight of Passage twice. That is all.

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