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The stoic museum-like Dino Institute, where “the future is truly in the past”, houses Disney’s moving simulator ride, Dinosaur.As visitors enter the Institute, they pass informative fossil exhibits. The walls of the queuing area are covered with life-size casts of real dinosaur skeletons. The centerpiece of this room is an enormous Carnotaurus skeleton.
Bill Nye the Science Guy sets the stage for your adventure as he narrates the theory of how the dinosaurs were obliterated 65 million years ago by fiery meteor showers that hit Earth. The pre-show movie is a Dino Institute commercial of sorts. Here visitors learn of the plan of the rebellious Dr. Grant Seeker. Before you're sent back in time, he asks you to bring back the last Iguanodon before the deadly meteors crash to the Earth.
Guests proceed to the loading area to board the 12-seat Time Rovers and begin their exciting time travel journey to the past. This moving simulator ride bounces, bumps and careens its way through a primeval forest where you’ll encounter a number of amazing Audio-animatronic dinosaur specimens and some terrific special effects designed to stimulate all of your senses.
During your 3-½ minute adventure,
you'll have your picture taken. These pictures can be viewed and purchased as you
exit the attraction. Be sure to check out the monitors before exiting
the unloading area for a cute surprise.
While this is a very popular ride, it is not suited for everyone. There is a height restriction of 40” in effect and children under the age of 7 are not admitted without being accompanied by an adult. (The “child swap” option may be used here.)
There are warnings that some of the special effects may be too intense for children and some adults. Take these seriously. This ride is very dark, loud and parts of it are quite scary. Riders should also be free of neck and back problems. Expectant mothers should not ride Dinosaur.
Handicapped Accessibility: Guests in wheelchairs must be able to transfer from their wheelchair to board. For guests who are hearing impaired, the pre-show is closed-captioned.
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