DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom CLOSING FOREVER to Make Way For a Completely New Land

Say it ain’t so! Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is endangered and will go extinct to make way for a brand new expansion of tropical-themed experiences.

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Credit: Becky Burkett

Chester and Hester’s old stomping grounds at Dinoland, U.S.A., will be removed to make way for The Tropical Americas area of the park. Dinoland has long been a favorite of Disney World guests since it first opened with the park on April 22, 1998. Fans of the prehistorically-themed land love the DINOSAUR! attraction, as well as TricerTop Spin, the Boneyard, and the previously closed Primeval Whirl attraction.

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Primeval Whirl/Credit: Becky Burkett

New experiences inspired by Encanto and Indiana Jones are being considered for the reimagined Dinoland U.S.A. land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, per an announcement at Destination D23 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

On Saturday morning, Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Imagineering, shared the vision for a complete overhaul of Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which would include the addition of magical new experiences inspired by Disney’s Encanto (2021) and the Indiana Jones film series. Both are being considered as the inspiration for new featured attractions as part of a total revamping of Dinoland, U.S.A.

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Concept Art for “The Tropical Americas” land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom/Credit: Walt Disney Imagineering

Vaughn said they have a long way to go and much more to discover before they begin the process of overhauling the guest-favorite area at Disney World’s fourth theme park, but he says that Walt Disney Imagineering teams are up for the challenge in the Sunshine State.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

One comment

  1. Dear Disney and Disney’s Animal Kingdom,

    I don’t want Dinoland USA to be replaced, and neither do all the other dinosaur 🩕 🩖 fans across the country.

    More people and kids prefer dinosaurs than Encanto and Indiana Jones. New finds are being made every day.

    I met the man who did the murals at the Dinosaur ride, William Stout, at DragonCon in Atlanta. I’d bet he’d be disappointed if his work there was gone.

    It’s important to keep something about the past, because that can teach us something about our future.

    There is No Way that this amazing park can go extinct!

    So please reconsider, and, “Keep Dinoland USA!” For all of us Dino lovers! Please!

    Jac Conte-
    Decatur, GA.

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