Closure of DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Has Been Extended

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DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will not open from its lengthy refurbishment as scheduled. The ride was scheduled to reopen on October 17th, 2016.

DINOSAUR at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Guests are reporting that their FastPass+ reservations have been cancelled for anytime in the next 30 days. Disney has yet to announce when the ride will reopen.

UPDATE: The closure of DINOSAUR has been extended over a month to November 20th, 2016.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Craig
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Craig

My 11/8 FP is safe… so far.

Craig
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Craig

I take that back. It’s gone, and Primeval Whirl is in its place.

Richard
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Richard

Ours got cancelled for next Thursday that sucks. Are they blaming hurricane Mathew Or Avatar for it?

Rhonda
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Rhonda

The lines are so long, and parks busting at the seems, they don’t provide excuses anymore. For anything. They’ll tell you they’re ‘world class’ of you call them though, if that makes anyone feel better.

Katherine
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Katherine

My fastpass for 10/29 was cancelled and replaced with primeval whirl!

Daniel
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Daniel

Lucky!

Jen
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Jen

Mine for 11/6 was cancelled and changed to Primeval Whirl too. No thanks…

Tomas
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Tomas

I’m so pissed at Disney. First this…tHen Blizzard Beach. This is why Universal is miles ahead. No respect for guests coming from all over the world who book tickets months in advance. What a shame

Philip
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Philip

Shut up, stupid! ?

Melissa brown
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Melissa brown

Lol, good luck even finding anything open in US in the fall, it’s a good thing tho, as you only have about 5 hours the park is open a day. The only way Universal Studios is miles ahead is if you are looking at a map.

Yawn
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Yawn

Your comment has zero basis in reality. Did you have your mom or your dad help you come up with your miles ahead quip?

Cawabonga
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Cawabonga

I love Disney but I think people who think they can’t do no wrong are idiots……and because of idiots like you they get away with it

crazcmac
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crazcmac

yea i see they are doing so much refurbishing and construction that there is really not as much to do at all the parks, yet Disneys price is still sky high. They shouls at least come down on the price if they are going to do so much at once.Until people quit buying Disney tickets at outrageous pices they will continue to do whatever they want…Shame on Disney

Philip
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Philip

Shut up, stupid! ?

Daniel
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Daniel

Thank you for your such insightful comments Phillip. I unfortunately can not agree with all of your very valid points and opinions. I really think that this is something you should further develop and maybe even take some of your own advance.

R Willgoose
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R Willgoose

Advice?

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Totally agree. The huge numbers of sheep in line to pay for little back is amazing though. Not much motivation for Disney to care…except eventually enough people get burned, they’re only going to have the dumbest of the dumb as customers. They could close ALL the attractions and serve rat food, and there’s still be a line from some folks. It’s crazy!

Anthony
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Anthony

The refurbishments, delays, and poor park operations is directly caused by the fact they are doing 3 massive multi-million dollar expansions to their parks, or at least that’s what I think.

Ariel
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Ariel

November 2017??

Jim moore
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Jim moore

2 years of planning
17 days in parks…..
What is there to see for my 10k investment???????(I make 1300 a month, so I’m not rich)
3 of the 4 parks are half day or less now……I can’t even make salient points I’m so mad……they make you plan out dining 180 days out…..fast passes 30_60 days out….but they can’t keep anything open or get promised attractions to work.
I feel like I have failed my family in planning and saving hardcore for 2 years for this…..dinosaur is no big deal, just the tip of a possible generational iceberg

Philip
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Philip

Shut up, stupid! ?

Stupid
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Stupid

You shut up asshole. Who are you to tell people they can’t express themselves? Jerk.

Also stupid
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Also stupid

If I may play devil’s advocate here, isn’t he technically also expressing his opinion?

Ryan B
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Ryan B

You must be new here. Philip is spam.

Phillip
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Phillip

No Ryan B is spam!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Jim I feel you pain. This is not a failure on your part. Disney really just doesn’t give a damn, and haven’t for the last 5-10 years, but it’s getting so much worse. Of course, all rides need refurbishment, but this comes with half Hollywood Studios is closed, and numbers entertainment activities, performers, parades and such are closed. Last night at Animal Kingdom, they had only 7 trucks on the the safari, instead of 20+ “since the parks not as busy some staff got to go home” (Certainly to save costs) Wait time, 120 minutes. Admission price, the same. Food… Read more »

Melissa brown
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Melissa brown

They’ve always refurbed in the fall. This is not new.

NICK*
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NICK*

At one time you could have said “they’ve always refurbished in the fall” but now it would be more accurate to say “they refurbish all year”. Also, you could just as accurately say “and, they’ve always missed their own deadline”.

Disney does this because they can, there is little or no consequence for the reduction in value, loss of service, and inconvenience. When Disney sees a drop in park attendance/ticket sales enough to effect the bottom line they’ll cry about it, make excuses and, if it’s bad enough, work on fixing the problems.

David B.
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David B.

#IamWithNick I get that they’re a business and mistakes and unplanned events happen, but when travel and experiences are what they’re selling, you can only come up with excuses for so long. If Disney were an airline, they’d crash every day, and they can fix it with some new staff and planning for longer time horizon of success. We’ve had almost a decade in the parks of “faking it” and cut back mode while value has sunk and crowds smothered together so they can send a few employees home and save a buck. Epcot is now cutting Future World attractions… Read more »

Voxel
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Voxel

I’m not giving excuses but Dinosaur desperately needed a refurb on the one hand. Half the effects were not functioning properly and many of the dinosaurs were running in B mode and at least one of the animatronics was taken out of the ride sequence to due to constant failure. This is sadly what happens when you only have 3 big thrill like attractions in one park, just wait until Avatar opens, Everest will probably go down for 3-6 months for its first Refurbishment ever.

Selina Gilmore
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Selina Gilmore

Our fast passes for Nov 1st got cancelled and replaced with Expedition Everest which no one in my family will ride……I’m bummed ?

Phil
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Phil

It’s possible there’s a very important reason why they pushed the opening back. Maybe they are doing upgrades or planning to tear it down in the future. Not everything they do is to hurt your vacation.

David B.
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David B.

Phil, I hope you don’t run any companies or anything more powerful than a lawn mower. It’s not that it’s just one attraction that they missed the date on (yet again). It’s how poorly they’re running the parks, and how little regard they have for their guests. I understand, some disagree, and will still go if there’s not a ride in site that works or nothing to eat better than Mcdonalds for $40/person. But some have planned a long time, and all of the parks have a high percentage of areas closed, and few open cut back. There’s been nearly… Read more »

Disney Pete
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Disney Pete

My feelings exactly. And the improvisations keep going today. I’m weary of making any dinning package reservations, particularly if I have to pay in advance. I’m not financing this mess.

Sami
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Sami

My opinion as a former CM: There is ALWAYS a reason why they push back an opening or a re-opening – they are a business, like everyone else. For Rivers of Light, it was because one of the props broke, so they had to replace it. For Dinosaur, we’re not sure what it is, but it could be a safety issue or it’s taking longer than expected. Think of it this way: would you rather go on a ride when it’s approved safe to go on, or go on a ride knowing you could fall out, be hurt, see something… Read more »

voxel
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voxel

If what I remember about Dinosaur is still turn it isn’t a safety factor that’s delaying the re-opening but the sheer number of effects and animatronics that needed to be fix. Many of the Dinosaurs where operating in B-Mode and one was hit or miss if they were going to have it out while running.

Sami must be Disney PR
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Sami must be Disney PR

You mean as a current Disney PR person? I’d love to live in the world you do where Fastpasses are so readily available 2-3 weeks before your trip. Especially in a park like Animal Kingdom that has so few thrill rides. Some people made fastpass reaervations 60 days before their trip because certain rides are that important, of course they’re going to be upset when it’s canceled right before their trip. Regardless of what you think, Disney is being inconsiderate. People schedule entire vacations are attraction openings, if they give a date that something should be open, they should do… Read more »

Yolanda
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Yolanda

Um, no Sami. Nice try. And maybe a land manager told you to say this to appease guests, but let’s be honest in the interest of a hope for change. I love Disney too much for how they’re dealing with things…but can only do so much. I’ve worked with us over 2 decades, and the pushback has ZERO to do with safety, and has to do with gross cutbacks and mismanagement above our heads. I’m not sure your position or if you’re a lead or manager (and you shouldn’t post it or your name here), but management dropped most safety… Read more »

David
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David

Our family has annual passes, and have to agree. It’s become managed really poorly “on stage” of the Disney parks here in Orlando at least, we can only imagine how bad things are in offices planning this stuff out. Guests loose either way, but parks are very crowded. Not much to do, and employees now yell at you to pack in and move closer and faster on few things and areas left open. Reminds us now of JFK airport employees.

Disney Pete
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Disney Pete

I guess the decision to tell CM’s to look the other way when there were complains of high paying guests feeding alligators at seven seas lagoon was all out of safety concerns. Look, I understand if something gets refurbished for safety reasons, but if you get into refurbishing something, you do it full well of the time it will take for such refurbishments. You can be off a day, or two, or even a week of your calculations, but a full month? When you were less than a week of the original planned reopening? To anyone with just a casual… Read more »

David B.
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David B.

Great post, and glad this site doesn’t censor and hopefully can have more articles on recurrent issue. Many news outlets and websites are scared of Disney. This is just yet another little misplanned closure, it’s the pattern that’s the concern. Most on this site are big fans (save the trolls and Disney PR goof balls). Bad news, is I do not believe Disney corporate of the parks are a fan of Disney and only look at the day end receipts as numbers now. Won’t sustain time. Might work if selling underwear or used car parts, but not going to work… Read more »

NICK*
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NICK*

Well, there’s a reason for everything, the problem is if you keep coming up with a host of reasons why a particular thing doesn’t happen they become excuses and nobody likes excuses especially at luxury prices. However, even excuses are accepted and work for some time but when they drag in too long (and overlap) even the most loyal will rebel. Sorry, your assertion concerning the Rivers of Light delay “one of the props broke, so they had to replace it” doesn’t ring true nor does it possibly justify the number of delays and the manifold predicted opening dates. That… Read more »

andrew
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andrew

Everything can’t always be open. It’s not intentional, it’s not a screw you, it’s business. Disney did not go out of their way to ruin your vacation. Should they keep their dates once they announce them? Of course, but everything always says in the fine print that the dates are subject to change. I prefer the good old days before the blogs and everything and you showed up and had a good time, if an attraction was closed, oh well.

Disney tip of the day
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Disney tip of the day

So if blogs have completely ruined your Disney experience, why are you even posting on one? Since you prefer the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil approach. Why don’t you just block this page and go on your merry way paying more money for less content? While you’re there, if you happen to hear any other guest being upset or disappointed that a favorite attraction of theirs isn’t open, just clamp your hands over your ears and run away screaming.

Larry
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Larry

Great reply Disney best tip of the day. I’d say Andrew working for the mouse in media releases. That’s about their mentality. So much room for improvement at Disney, it’s not even debatable.

andrew
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andrew

Gosh you people are so sensitive that is one hell of an assumption there, I love Tom, the WDWNT crew and the site. It was a reference to when I was a kid and you paid for your vacation and you showed up for it, referring to it being less of a hassle. Not all, “blogs are the devil and I’m gonna listen to Ol’ Teddy Roosevelt on the radio cause I’m an old fuddy duddy”, that’s just asinine. Everyone is allowed their opinion, me with mine and you with yours. My opinion is that people take these things as… Read more »

Not as privileged as Andrew ?
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Not as privileged as Andrew ?

You’re absolutely right Andrew, you are privileged. The last time my family went on vacation, we paid $600 for 2 days. So please don’t act like you’re $660 compares to a typical family vacation to Disney. The thing that your post and your little football fail to account for are families. You have 10 ADULTS going to a football game, of course they’re going to be understanding, but what if you had a child with you that is a huge Roethlesberger fan. You think he’ll be as understanding as 10 adults when he doesn’t get to see his hero play?… Read more »

andrew
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andrew

A few years back I took my niece, who loves Splash and it was closed. She handled it just fine at 7 years old. She’s not an annual pass holder, it was her second time to Magic Kingdom ever. She rode it about 6-8 times a few months before and loved it, has a b’rer rabbit plush, sings the song, the whole nine yards. So I have had that perspective and maybe my niece can handle things better, so be it. If we start picking specific scenarios on how you are right and I am wrong, then it is not… Read more »

rhonda G.
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rhonda G.

Let it go Andrew. If you’re trying to come across as consoling, it’s not working. If you’re coming across that people should just suck up whatever Disney cuts and cuts, we get it. Some aren’t there every day and have to plan ahead of time and save every penny 2 years to come, average vacation is in thousands, and this Christmas, there will be 2 attractions open in AK, and 3 in Hollywood Studios. More and more getting cut back every week, just read the blog!

Michal
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Michal

I think rhonda g is drunk cause I can not understand her

fL FP
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fL FP

Michael, is probably you if drunk and can’t read or understand posts, or, maybe English not your thing.

Tsylor
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Tsylor

i dunno why people are getting so mad. Disney always does refurbishment in the fall. blizzard beach is always shut for refurbishment and then after that typhoon lagoon is done. not being funny but dinosuar is not the best ride in the world so dunno why people are moaning so much. change you fast pass if your not happy with the one your given. unfortunately people now adays just like to moan and bitch about things or in some cases sue. perhaps you shouldn’t go Disney if all your gonna do is moan. just enjoy yourself and have fun. just… Read more »

Larry
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Larry

Perhaps you should post if all your going to do is moan when people post on a public forum that Disney hasn’t planned well and has too much under construction.

Tsylor causes hurricanes
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Tsylor causes hurricanes

Ok first off, please learn how to use spell check and proper punctuation. It’s like trying to read an 8 year olds writing. Clearly you haven’t been reading people’s posts if you think they’re just mad about a refurbishment. If there are issues that require lengthening a refurb, you know much sooner than a week before reopening and usually it’s for a day or two, not at least a month. When you have a park as sparsely populated with attractions as AL, it’s important to get rides back open as quickly as possible because otherwise the park is seen as… Read more »

mike
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mike

It’s all sad to hear
We travel from uk if a ride is down its down why let that ruin your holiday

Rhonda G.
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Rhonda G.

How about if only 2 attractions open in the park, and they’re at half capacity so there’s much longer lines. Still ok with? Ok, now food quality has been cut and prices doubled. Still ok? How about 70 minute line to get your magic band linked to your account, even though it shows ok online, and only 2 guest relations people, neither can fix. You get the picture. Disney is becoming belligerent about serving guests in any way positive. THAT is the issue. Not just ‘one more ride and attraction not open, cut, or deadline missed”. Suck it up. I… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

You all are not forced to go to disney it’s a choice life is full of things that happen yes it’s frustrating but accept it and if you not like don’t go back more to disney than just rides

FL FP
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FL FP

Mike, who says here in posts or article that anyone is forced to go to Disney? Nobody is forced to knock your teeth out for making a dumb, unrelated reply either, everything is a choice, as is Disney at being so damn terrible at their business of creating a decent experience for guests. Every closure, delay, cut back, inconvenience is worth discussing as much as new ideas. If you don’t like it, don’t read the site. That’s a choice too!

mike
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mike

Please refrain from threats how mighty people are behind a screen you all moan about disney then don’t go and let people who have good times there enjoy

FL FP
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FL FP

Mike, please jab both your eyes out with a pencil repeatedly until bleeding and blind if posts here bother you. If your vacation not affected about how poorly Disney is running the parks here in Florida so be it. It’s been well stated there’s suckers who will pay full price for no attractions open, we get that you are one. There’s every reason here for people to be concerned about the mismanagement of the parks without regard for guests, as some of us are actually Disney fans. Now please, grab some pencils and start jabbing!

Mike
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Mike

We are Disney fans come twice a year to disney from UK would come more but being a soldier not always in UK but if u wish to threaten me I’m in florida in December 13-28 u want meet and explain how u gonna hurt me

Make America Great Again!
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Make America Great Again!

Enjoy your last trip. Once Mr. Trump is in office, he’ll make sure to keep you pansy Brits out of our country.

Andrea
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Andrea

Heck, brits where stupid enough to exit the EU, they might actually LIKE Trump and Clinton over there! I think it’s a shame that this attraction will be closed, and that only leaves a couple open for our upcoming trip. A lot of other areas look to be cut back too, and hot dining spots long gone. Suppose they’re saving money on staffing. We would never fly overseas to come to a dump like Disney in Florida. Would hit Tokyo first if it had to be Disney. Saw what great attractions they’re getting, and they still give a crap there.… Read more »

Larry D
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Larry D

You don’t sound like a Disney fan. You sound like a somewhat delusional know it all. I don’t see where anyone threatened you here. You were invited to poke your eyes out so you’re not dismayed at the posts. Getting back to the point of the post….TOO many attractions, food spots, and areas are closed at the parks, and they’re being kept closed too long, and without notice. Today, east side of Future world closed sections hours early, why? Guessing to save money and cram food and wine folks close to spending spots in World Showcase. Dumb Dumb Disney World… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

Nobody cares Mike. You started the nonsense by posting that people shouldn’t have a gripe or express their opinion here. You have expressed yours. Now please go away. Stay over there.

Melissa
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Melissa

My Dinosaur fast pass was also cancelled, but there are so many other things to do at Animal Kingdom. I think many people miss out on the beauty of Animal Kingdom because they only want to jump from ride to ride. I would rather have it closed longer than it opened and not working properly, then closing when I’m already there. Basically there are 46 rides at Disney World, even if 3 or 4 are closed in October/November, that still leaves 42-43 to ride. Not to mention all the other entertainment.

Larry
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Larry

I agree Animal Kingdom has some nice animals and plants and a nice park, but hard for people to jump ride to ride. There are so few to begin with! Parade and other ‘event’s already cancelled to save money from a while back. And so much of the park under construction. They’re closing areas on slow days to cram guests together. There’s not nearly as much entertainment as you might remember Melissa. A lot is going away.

Melissa
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Melissa

I’m sure your right Larry, I’m probably just not realizing it’s happening. I don’t have children with me anymore, the youngest is in college now. We mostly do dining, walking around seeing the sights and entertainment. Plus a few lounges here and there…..and a few more lounges here and there. LOL

David B.
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David B.

You’re in the right place, the landscaping is nice and some good trails! Disney has added a few lounges and spots to spend. It’s the parades, rides, shows, attractions, the little things that cost them any money that are either being delayed, cut back, closed for extended refurb.

StamatinaB
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StamatinaB

Maybe they are more focused on the new Avatar land. I was just there last week and saw all the cranes visible from the parking lots. Apologies to Avatar fans, but I have zero excitement about that one. I was really bummed about Dinosaur, it’s probably my favorite in Disney. We planned our trip last minute but still managed fast passes for several rides. Rides like Seven Dwarves Mine Train and Frozen are impossible though, so we went either very early or very late in the day. We agreed to a 60 minute maximum wait for rides, if they were… Read more »

Jamie Lemos
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Jamie Lemos

Aw man!!! I was so excited to go on this ride again….but they shut it down right before our trip. Our fast-passes were cancelled and now I am not sure what will replace that.