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What’s going on with Primeval Whirl? New permit filed for work to be completed

A fan-favorite attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be in for a face-lift. Or a make-over. Or a demolition. We just aren’t sure.

What we do know is that Disney has filed a permit for work to be done on the site where the seemingly defunct Primeval Whirl attraction sits.

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The permit names a company called MLC Theming, which is listed at Dun & Bradstreet’s website ( as an incorporated entity in the industry of non-residential construction.

Hmmm. Construction. That sounds promising; at least it isn’t a company that carries out demolitions. But we’re a bit confused because Disney has confirmed it will be closing the attraction.

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Primeval Whirl has been described as a souped-up version of the Mad Tea Party attraction at Magic Kingdom, complete with large spinning ride vehicles, hairpin turns and sudden drops, all with a dino-riffic feel to it.

Lots of things about the Disney World experience were different when the Florida parks reopened to Guests in mid-July 2020. But one change that stuck out more than others at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the absence of the spinning, dropping, turning time-traveling ride vehicles and the Guests that would usually be enjoying them.

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Even now, we aren’t exactly sure what Disney has planned for the space that the Primeval Whirl attraction now occupies. Perhaps the attraction area will be cleared and a new restaurant will be added. Could they be planning to reimagine and repurpose the entire area for another experience entirely?

We’re not sure as of right now, but one thing’s for sure: Primeval Whirl has always been a well-liked attraction by Disney fans of all ages–one for which the lines were very long during peak seasons in the park, and we wish Disney had checked with us before deciding to completely do away with it for good.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!