Demolition Is Underway at Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland, U.S.A.

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The Dinoland, U.S.A. section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is somewhat divisive among Disney Parks fans. Some love the carnival-themed area, while others feel that it should be rethemed to feature a recent Disney IP, such as Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

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No matter what your feelings are about Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama!, one thing is for certain — the area’s biggest ride, Primeval Whirl, is going…well, the way of the dinosaur.

The ride never reopened after Walt Disney World Resort’s pandemic closure in 2020, and now, demolition has begun.

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Recently, Disney filed a construction permit for the Primeval Whirl site and, as you can see from the photos below, the tear-down process has begun.

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The ramp to the ride has been blocked off and is locked [above] so Guests can’t enter the construction zone.

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The construction crew has also erected temporary walls [above and below] to hide the bulk of the work from Dinoland, U.S.A. visitors.

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Finally, the Primeval Whirl site has been cordoned off with green mesh to prevent Guests from seeing the full demolition process.

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It is worth noting that, at this time, Disney World officials have not confirmed what will replace the Primeval Whirl Wild Mouse-style ride or if Dinoland, U.S.A. will be rethemed at any point in the near future. For now, Guests can continue to visit the area where carnival games, the Restaurantosaurs quick service location, and the Triceratops Spin ride are all available.

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The permit lists MLC Theming, Inc. as the contractor for the project. The company — based in Lake Buena Vista, Florida where Disney World is located — is described on LinkedIn as:

MLC THEMING, INC. is a creative, specialty construction company located in the greater Orlando FL area. Our mission is to be the undeniable contractor of choice within the theming industry through teamwork, creative planning, and delivery of excellence. We are masters of our trade, including scenic painting and aging of structures, fabricating facades, carving rock work, and more.

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From this, we can presume that a new themed structure of some kind will be taking the place of Primeval Whirl.

What do you hope replaces Primeval Whirl?

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