Best Attraction: Primeval Whirl
With all of the new amazing additions coming to Animal Kingdom this year, we can’t forget some of the fun, existing attractions to be enjoyed at the park! Primeval Whirl is a steel roller coaster located in Chester and Hester’s Dino-rama in Dinoland U.S.A. It is tucked in the back of the area behind several carnival games, so hopefully you have not walked right by thinking that there wasn’t anything fun to do there!
Fastpass+ is available for Primeval Whirl and you should not have a problem obtaining one for your park day. The Fastpass+ and regular queue lines are similar, and outside in the open air, but also covered to shelter you from the Florida sun. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to look at while waiting, with random decorations like hubcaps placed along the wall, and glimpses of the ride as your entertainment.
The premise of Primeval Whirl is that you step inside your time-machine-styled contraption, created by research-scientist cousins Esther, Fester, Nester and Lester, and take a journey back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Coincidentally, you arrive just in time to witness the impending meteor… All of the dinosaurs are preparing for extinction and you must get out of there!
Each ride vehicle fits up to four people and is designed to spin in circles while travelling along the tracks. Primeval Whirl is considered a “Wild Mouse” coaster, creating a different
coaster experience than others you may be accustomed to, with many flat, tight turns and trick-tracks. There are also two separate tracks, so you might have a different ride experience every time you ride!
Surprisingly, the height requirement for Primeval Whirl is 48 inches, which is stricter than Expedition Everest at 44 inches. This may be due to different types of restraints used in Primeval Whirl and the somewhat whiplash-inducing spinning around tight turns. Don’t discount this mild but wild coaster!
Who will love it?
With such a high height requirement, it’s unfortunate that younger children that love dinosaurs aren’t able to experience Primeval Whirl. However, this is an amusing, not overly-themed or complicated ride to just have fun with, and may feel slightly reminiscent of coasters that you’d find at a carnival or boardwalk amusement park (hence it’s location in Dino-rama).
First, don’t expect the wait to always be short… This is a roller coaster after all, even though it may look like a “kiddie” coaster at quick glance. If you are set on riding Primeval Whirl, get a Fastpass+, if possible.
Second, complete your vintage-style amusement experience by partaking in the carnival games and silly kiosks in Chester and Chester and Hester’s Dino-rama, since it’s quite easy and fun to win some stuffed animals (perfect souvenirs!). Sometimes it’s nice to step away from the hustle and bustle of theme park touring to just enjoy some fun side activities.