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Executioners Spotted in Animal Kingdom Cause Frenzy

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is usually known, ironically, as the least wild of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, but a recent high-profile sighting sent fans into a frenzy. It’s no secret that the Walt Disney Company has suffered a bumpy season regarding park attendance, employee layoffs, and public scrutiny, but the appearance of these officials in DinoLand USA sounded the unofficial execution bell.

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Members of Walt Disney Imagineering were seen touring DinoLand USA like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, assumedly discussing its retheming. It’s not a secret that Animal Kingdom’s land of dinosaurs has been on the chopping block for a while now, but fierce lovers of the prehistoric still hoped against its extinction.

Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand USA features the fan-favorite, thrilling, dark ride based on the movie Dinosaur (2000), the TriceraTop Spin attraction, the Boneyard fossil-themed playground, and meet and greets with Disney characters in their dino best. DinoLand USA also has one of the most cleverly named food establishments on Disney property, Restaurantosaurus!

Today, senior members of Walt Disney Imagineering, including Chris Bearry (pictured below) were seen touring Disney’s Animal Kingdom, specifically the DinoLand USA area.

It looks like all that’s on its way out, however, and fans feel like they’ve “lost.”

Guests seem to be afraid that Imagineers will do away with the practical elements of the area in favor of the modern trend of high-definition screens and shoehorned intellectual property. Instead of dinosaur bones, animatronics, and attractions in the style that Walt Disney imagined for the parks, fans fear video screen experiences like that of Avatar Flight of Passage in the Pandora section of Animal Kingdom and various Universal Studios rides.

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There is no official word from the spotted DionLand executioners, but lovers of the Dino Institute, the carnival Fossil Fun Games, and the Cretaceous Trail should get their affairs in order. A second extinction event is imminent.

Disney Dining will keep you updated on any further developments.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!