At Disney's Animal Kingdom, you will encounter a large number of different dinosaurs in the park's Dinoland U.S.A. From carefully constructed skeletons to full scale models, and from friendly to frightening, the dinosaurs that you will encounter in this Disney World theme park are plentiful. Dinosaur lovers will certainly enjoy the center stage treatment that these long extinct reptiles receive.
Let's Start With The Skeleton
Dinosaur lovers will get a chance to see several full size dinosaur skeletons in Dinoland U.S.A. Reminiscent with what you would see in a museum, these help build scientific credibility for the Dino Institute.
Little do Disney World guests realize, but soon after seeing this Carnotaurus skeleton they will be transported back in time and chased by a "real" one.
Dino-Sue is a 13-foot tall, 40-foot long reproduction of the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found. Clocking in at 67 million years, Dino-Sue is the length of a 4-story building. The actual dinosaur remains that the Disney World Dino-Sue are based upon can be seen in Chicago's Field Museum.
The pre-show area for the Dinosaur! attraction is the Dino Institute. While working your way to the attraction, you can see and learn about various dinosaurs like the triceratops pictured below. The experience is very much like a dinosaur exhibit at a Natural History Museum.
After visiting the Dino Institute you can go to the nearby Restaurantosaurus to grab a bite to eat or just continue your Dinosaur sight seeing. Throughout this deceptively large restaurant are numerous rooms where dinosaur fossils, pictures, and archaeological tools are on display. It makes sense since this is where the interns that work at the Dino Institute live.
There is much to see of the dinosaur variety than just the fossilized remains. There are full scale reproductions that you can see and be photographed with.
In from of the Dinosaur! attraction is a life-sized Iguanodon. This is the friendly dinosaur that you are trying to retrieve from the past during the attraction.
There are also full sized dinosaurs that children can touch, climb on, and generally explore.
These rooftop dinosaurs are the result of some playful hi jinx by the Dino Institute Interns.
The Dinosaur! attraction sign shows a glimpse of what the Carnotaurus looks like.
When you venture into Chester & Hester's Dino Rama the dinosaurs go from realistic to playful.
Some Dinosaurs have become relegated to being spokes models for souvenir shops.
Photo Opportunities Galore
There are numerous wonderful photo opportunities to pose with a dinosaur, so plan on taking many pictures during your visit to Dinoland U.S.A.