It’s the End of Dinoland as We Know It
Dinoland U.S.A. has been a part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom since opening. Currently, the land houses the E-Ticket attraction, DINOSAUR, as well as a wild mouse coaster, a play area themed to a dig site, and Finding Nemo – The Musical. The land is also hosting Donald and his Duck friends due to the claim that ducks are descendants of dinosaurs. Dinoland is often viewed as one of the worst lands to exist due to its fairground theme, something regarded as “un-Disney” to many. However, 20 years later and it still stands, despite numerous rumors surrounding its demise.
One possible rumor dates back to the conception of Dinoland. When the park was being planned, the budget could only afford one of two lands, Dinoland or Beastly Kingdom. Dinoland eventually won by cutting one of their rides for the land, this ride being a roller coaster. The coaster was themed to an excavator at a dig site that was too dangerous to operate, that is, until the college kids from Restaurantosaurus came by. This would have gone where Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama would’ve gone, and some sources say it will return soon to take over the area.
A far more popular rumor is the addition of Indiana Jones. This archaeologist already has his own ride in Disneyland which is extremely popular. Not only that, but DINOSAUR uses the exact same ride system and track layout as Indiana Jones Adventure. Turning Dinoland into Indiana Jones land sure wouldn’t be difficult. There’s even a dig site already in the land. Reportedly, DINOSAUR wouldn’t become an Indiana Jones Adventure clone, but rather have an original Indiana Jones plot, possibly with dinosaurs involved.
These rumors still include Dino-Rama being replaced by roller coaster and Finding Nemo – The Musical being replaced by a non-specific themed boat ride. Reportedly, the boat ride system would be the same used for Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure in Shanghai Disneyland, which is quite an impressive ride. There is no hint at what the ride could be themed, but reportedly Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot are all battling out for the system.
In the end, it’s all plausible. However, it wouldn’t make sense to re-do the land right after the addition of Donald’s Dino Duck Bash. Perhaps that may stay a bit longer before we see any changes. Personally, I would love DINOSAUR to last a bit longer. It’s my favorite ride in the park and one of my all time favorites. I also wouldn’t mind having that boat ride system, but not at the cost of Finding Nemo. Above all, don’t shoot the messenger.