Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Cease Normal Operations and Become a Seasonal Attraction

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Well, the saga of Primeval Whirl’s closure just got even more interesting after Disney revealed the attraction would become seasonal. Current plans are to keep the attraction closed through the end of the year, only re-opening Primeval Whirl for the busiest days at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Seasonal operation is contingent of Primeval Whirl being able to come back from whatever issues have been keeping the attraction closed the past few months. There is no word as to if Primeval Whirl will go back to being a full-time attraction after the start of the new year.

Guests should be wary that seasonal operation for a previously normally operating attraction has been a sign of imminent permanent closure. As you may remember, this was the case for Stitch’s Great Escape!, which Disney still lists as “temporarily closed” despite the fact that the attraction has not operated since January 6, 2018.

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Monkeypoopants
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Monkeypoopants

But my memories!

Mike
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Mike

But my aching back!

Miss Alexandria Michaels
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Miss Alexandria Michaels

But the cast member who was killed while repairing it one night…

Brian
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Brian

But the two cast members who died repairing this ride….

Mark
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Mark

Don’t worry, your memories aren’t seasonal. Just the ride.

Meg
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Meg

How interesting…though it’s just a carnival ride, it’s something. Could it be the beginning of the end of Hester and Chester’s? A slow and painful death lol?

Linda Hewing
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Linda Hewing

That is possibly the world’s jerkiest, most pain inflicting rides! Bye Felicia!

Brian Butte
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Brian Butte

We rode it in early June 2019 and while I always remember it jerking people around, this time it actually hurt everyone in our party, across two different cars, two of whom are high performance athletes (i.e. in top condition). I firmly believe Disney had to take it offline due to complaints and the potential for injury.

Musket
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Musket

I know this ride gets insulted a lot but I really wanted to try it out when I go for the first time ever in a few days 😔 bummer.

Amy
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Amy

I feel you, I did ride it tho

Mark Kaplan
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Mark Kaplan

Does anyone knows why it is becoming officially a seasonal ride? I haven’t heard of a seasonal ride since Body Wars.

Chris
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Chris

Not too bothered to be honest. It’s a pretty naff attraction.

Frank W
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Frank W

AK doesnt have that many attractions. Closing one short changes the guests who are paying $100/day

Amy
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Amy

Must agree

Dirk Disco
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Dirk Disco

Always hated that attraction, it felt cheap.

Brian
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Brian

I agree. I always felt it was a little out of place. Really, that entire area seems out of date and cheap. I will say that my kids do like the smaller rides and I don’t want to see them entirely disappear though.

Andrew
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Andrew

This is a great point. I looked around and felt like I was at a carnival, a nice carnival, but still…. my 2 year olds had a great time, and I did enjoy myself. However, it felt nothing like Disney.

Brian
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Brian

Having been on it more than once on different trips…it was never more than a standard ‘midway’ carnival attraction that was far below Disney standards and expectations. Felt more like a ‘we need a filler’ ride so lets just put something there until we figure it out. Not a loss to me. That location can be used for something bigger, grander and much more exciting.

Hilly
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Hilly

I’m sure this will be a common opinion, but this attraction just needs to go away. It’s over.

RCocks
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RCocks

In a discussion with a cast member, I was told there were discussions of a new attraction going in there but nothing about when the attraction would reopen.

Schmoo
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Schmoo

Oh no! The grandkids and I loved that ride and AK has so few to begin with. I hope it comes back.

Amy
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Amy

Same here I love the ride

Diane Shillady
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Diane Shillady

My kids LOVE Primeval Whirl!!! 😭

Artietude
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Artietude

We were on that last year (Labor Day weekend) and it broke down while we were riding it. Had to be escorted off via ladder and walked down to the debark area. Upside – we got a free fastpass reservation out of it.

Howard
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Howard

I started laughing the minute we escalated the main hill and didn’t stop until the ride was over. Yes, it was painful, but that was part of the fun!

Nope
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Nope

They really need to just get rid of this whole area. It’s ugly and boring and a waste of space. Can’t believe they let their standards drop so low.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

Stitches great escape is currently in refurb to become a wreck it Ralph attraction

Paul
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Paul

It was very painful but I liked it. If it were to be closed, I would like to see Disney do an expanded version of the Tilt-a-Whirl

Mike
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Mike

Now it will truly become a thing of the past…

Matthew
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Matthew

Our family loves Primeval Whirl and will miss it. We love the theming of that whole area as a roadside attraction. Yes it feels cheap and rundown…. like a roadside attraction, and they nailed the theme IMO. We’ll miss this ride and Chester and Hester’s won’t be the same without it.