DINOSAUR, a dark ride located inside the hallowed halls of DinoLand U.S.A.’s Dino Institute, blasts Guests back to prehistoric days aboard a specially-designed CTX Time Rover.
Dinosaurs are alive and well at The Dino Institute at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand U.S.A.—at least until the meteor strikes! Guests arriving to the Institute meander through a research facility and museum full of fossils, exhibits, and a colossal skeleton of the fearsome Carnotaurus. As they make their way into the research control center, they pause to see an informative video about their impending adventure. The journey ahead is supposed to be a mild trip to view prehistoric life. However, the scientist in charge of the controls has set the course on a little sidetrack, recruiting the Rover’s passengers to rescue a mild-mannered Iguanodon from extinction and return the 3.5-ton dinosaur to the present.
Aboard 12-seat time-traveling vehicles, Guests are whisked a supposed 65-million years back to the past, arriving in a lush, dark forest on a rough, loud, twisting path past a spiky Styracosaurus, a ragged Alioramus, a fearsome Velociraptor, and a soaring Cearadactylus. Their CTX Time Rover races, lurching forward along jaunting twists and around hairpin turns, trying desperately to rescue the Iguanadon before the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs strikes.
Meteors crash all around as the clock counts down. Time is nearly up. Will the DINOSAUR Time Rover return with its passengers and the Iguanodon? Will the mission be complete, or will the passengers join the dinosaurs and become extinct?
Create a dino dig for your kids! The Kitchen is My Playground has a wonderful recipe for surprise, dinosaur-filled “rocks” using sand, flour, coffee grounds, and water. Bake some up (when your kids aren’t looking, of course!), plant them in a box of play sand, provide your kids with a plastic shovel and a paintbrush, and set them on assignment. Teach them how archaeologists first scan the area looking for something that might stand out or look different than the surroundings. Once they find something, they dig gently so as not to disturb what may be under the surface. Have your kids use paintbrushes to brush away excess sand and dirt. Once your kids discover the buried treasure, let them break them open for a fun surprise!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Paleontology
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
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