This week, on the eve of the resort’s 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, another piece of Walt Disney World history is about to be lost. Primeval Whirl, one of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park’s more underwhelming thrill attractions, will be decommissioned. The rollercoaster has been closed for more than a year, and in August, Disney submitted for a “general construction” permission at the location.
In March 2002, the park’s DinoLand U.S.A. portion welcomed Primeval Whirl. DinoLand U.S.A. has the feel of a carnival area or a roadside attraction, while the remainder of Animal Kingdom is intricate and heavily themed. The area’s major attraction was Primeval Whirl, a time-traveling rollercoaster. Riders would travel back in time to the extinction of the dinosaurs and had to outrun the meteor that killed them all. Primeval Whirl was fully outdoors, unlike the adjoining Dinosaur dark ride, making it a little difficult to get a sense of the plot in the hot Florida sun.
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The coaster was phased out at Disney World over time. The ride began operating on a seasonal basis in 2019. The attraction was deleted from Animal Kingdom’s maps in July 2020, even though it was still operational, according to Walt Disney World News Today. The rollercoaster sat abandoned for a year after Disney stated it would not reopen. Disney requested a new building permission for the region in August.
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