Best At­trac­tion: Primeval Whirl


WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY LYNN SVEN­SON

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!

Queue/pre-show Ex­pe­ri­ence

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.

At­trac­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence

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).

Fi­nal Tips

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.

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