Primeval Whirl

24 Days: Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl is our choice for #Day24 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Get ready to spin back in time!

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are taking a look at Primeval Whirl in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  This is a deceptively cool ride!  It’s a thrill ride, but it’s not just a tame roller coaster.  When you ride Primeval Whirl, get ready, because you are going to spin almost as much as you do on Kali River Rapids!

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Here is the Time Machine, your mode of transportation on Primeval Whirl!

Your mode of transportation starts with this baby — the Time Machine!  As you can see, she seats four comfortably — or perhaps uncomfortably depending on how much spinning you do!  This round vehicle will transport you back in time, to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth, just prior to their extinction!

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Get Ready. Get Set! Your Time Machine is taking you back to a time you won’t soon forget!

This ride is a lot of fun for me.  If you’ve ever been to Disneyland and California Adventure Park, there is a ride there called Goofy’s Sky School, and that attraction is built on the same spinning vehicle design as Primeval Whirl.  The ride feels like you are going to go flying right off the end of the track, but at the last moment, you turn, often in 90 degree turns, and that’s when the spinning begins!  Couple that with up and down small drops, and speed increases, and you know what?  You are in for the ride of your life!

I really like this attraction, and hope you do to, but tell me, is this your cup of tea, or do you go get a Jumbo Turkey Leg while others are riding?  Let me know in the comments, and in the meantime, here’s a bonus photo of Sophie eating that turkey leg!

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“Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!”

33 Days til Disneyland – Goofy’s Sky School!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Before you know it, we’ll be under 30 days until our trip to Disneyland!  For today, though, we are at day 33, and we are taking a look at Goofy’s Sky School, which is located at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure park.

The sky school is a coaster similar to the Primeval Whirl ride at Animal Kingdom — except that it is themed after Goofy’s flight training school!  With over 12oo feet of twisting, turning, up and down track, you’ll fast learn that Goofy is probably not the best one to teach us how to fly!  This attraction is based primarily off of Goofy’s Glifer, a 1940s cartoon.  Here is a YouTube video of Goofy’s Glider for you to enjoy!

Goofy’s Sky School is an attraction that I think I want to try out. Do you ride it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

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Exploring Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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One of the rides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is actually more fun then you would think is Primeval Whirl.  When we first visited Animal Kingdom in 2007, Sophie wanted to ride the ride so badly — but she was unable to do so because she didn’t meet the height requirement of 48 inches.

Primeval Whirl is a roller coaster, but not in the traditional sense.  It’s kind of like combining a roller coaster layout with a tea cup rotation device, and that turns out some thrilling, exciting spins, twists, and turns!

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As you can see, the Time Machine you will travel in to take you back in time to the age of dinosaurs is a circular vehicle, and it seats four people.  The key to the ride is the circular motion, because believe me, that design will spin you around and around and around at parts of the ride, and it’s a lot of fun!

Another neat thing that I like about the ride is that the track is setup so that it has a lot — and I mean a lot — of 90 degree turns!  That way, as you are speeding on your way towards the edge, you think you are going to fall, and you turn right at the last moment, such that you are able to see over the edge!  That turn also sets your car to spinning, so I hope you are not motion sensitive — if you are, this may not be the ride for you!

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As you climb up the hill, you will notice that the ride it taking you back in time!  This is evident because the clocks you see will be moving backwards.  It is after you reach the top that your trip really takes off!

All in all, this is a fun little ride for Sophie and I.  My wife can take it or leave it, and I guess I can too.  It wasn’t one that I rode this past trip, but I think the next time we visit, I will ride it again.  What do you think about Primeval Whirl?  Is it a ride that you like to enjoy, one that is “one and done”, or one that is a must do ride? Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page, and thanks!

Wordless Wednesday – Night Time Magic!

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Welcome to our entry to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, hosted as always by my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic!  This week’s theme is Night Time Magic, and I wanted to take the time tonight to share with you a memory from five years ago.

August 6, 2007, we were visiting Walt Disney World for the first time where we stayed on property, and “back in the day,” Disney’s Animal Kingdom had evening Extra Magic Hours, although they were limited in scope to what you could do.  We were at Dinoland, U.S.A., when we just happened to come upon a block party right there in the middle of the area, around the location by Primeval Whirl and the Boneyard.  It was dark out, the music was going, and right there in the middle were Chip & Dale and Goofy!  It was an incredibly fun evening, late enough to experience a different side of Disney, but not so late that our little six year old would be overtired the next day.  These pictures I have are the cream of the crop from that party, I hope you enjoy them!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting us this week!  This was a truly magical moment in our Disney lives, and Sophie, who is now 11, has grown up so much since that first trip on property.  It’s these type of posts that were the root cause for why I started My Dreams of Disney to begin with, so thank you for stopping by and sharing in my dreams and memories!  Don’t forget to stop by and see all the entries, to do so, just click on the button above, and also, don’t forget to enter to win our Disney Dooney & Bourke Wristlet!


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My favorite Disney World Roller Coasters

As a roller coaster fan, I’ll admit that I grew up a self-proclaimed roller coaster CHICKEN!  In fact, it wasn’t until I went to a theme park in Virginia that I became a fan.  But that’s another story for another time.
Over the years, I have become a huge fan of the roller coaster genre, and Walt Disney World, in my opinion, has some of the best roller coasters on the planet.  A lot of my friends will disagree with me, saying that this roller coaster, or that roller coaster is better, but to me, there is a whole lot more than how many loops a roller coaster can do, or how far the drop is.  To me, what sets the roller coasters at Walt Disney World apart from all of the others is the theming that the Disney Imagineers put into planning the attraction.  I believe that Disney spends more time on the theme of an attraction than any other “theme” park in the world, and it is the theme of their lands, attractions, shows, and other things that really sets the parks apart from all of the others.  Now, after all of that build-up, I am going to give you my rankings for my favorite roller coaster rides at Walt Disney World.

6)  The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm

I know what you are thinking.  I am absolutely insane by including The Barnstormer in my listing of my favorite coasters.  I have now lost the two readers that come to Chip & Company to read my material.  I can’t be serious.
However, my friends, I am serious.  The Barnstormer was the very first roller coaster that my daughter Sophie ever rode, and the moment she got on that coaster, she was addicted.  There is not a single roller coaster that my daughter will NOT ride.  My wife and I enjoyed it too!  It was a quick ride, certainly, but when we went that first year, the park wasn’t very busy, and Sophie wanted to ride it again, and again, and again, and again, so we ended up riding that thing probably eight times in a row.  You know why we did?  Because there was no line.  We walked off, turned around, and walked right back on.  It was fun.  It was quick.  It provided excitement for us.  It was great.
Today, we don’t ride The Barnstormer as much, simply because Sophie has moved on to many other fun and challenging rides, but I have a soft spot in my heart for those days when Sophie was excited beyond compare by the simple joys of that roller coaster.  With the closing of Mickey’s Toontown Fair, I’m not certain what the future holds for The Barnstormer.  I hope it stays to be enjoyed for generations to come.

5) Primeval Whirl

When we first wanted to ride Primeval Whirl, it continually amazed us that you had to be 48” tall in order to ride this roller coaster.  For the first two years, Sophie wasn’t tall enough to ride it, but in year three, she was.  The Whirl is not your typical roller coaster, in fact, I’m not sure if it should be classified as a roller coaster at all.  But for our discussion, that’s what I’m calling it.
The Whirl is a fun ride because it takes you fast through some turns, dips, climbs, all sorts of things that spin you around and almost make it seem like you are going to fall right off the edge of the structure.  In fact, in some ways Primeval Whirl may have more thrills than some of the other coasters because it is a completely different experience.  The circular car really makes a difference, especially when it is turning you around this way and that as you make one of the 90 degree turns on the track.
The Primeval Whirl is located in Animal Kingdom at DinoLand U.S.A.

4)  Space Mountain

Space Mountain is a ride that I enjoy, but I haven’t ridden it for a few years.  The first time I rode it I kept trying to anticipate which way the coaster was going to turn, and since night vision isn’t my thing, I was anticipating completely wrong!  By the end of the ride I had a headache from the jarring.  However, I did ride Space Mountain again after that, and when I decided that the key was to just go with the flow, I really enjoyed the ride.
Sophie isn’t a big fan of it because it is in the dark, but she has told us that she is going to try it again when we go in June.  However, while the appeal to Space Mountain is that it is in the dark, I feel like it takes away something from the ride.  We haven’t ridden it since it was renovated, so I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with the ride.  Space Mountain is the signature attraction in Tomorrowland, located in the Magic Kingdom.

3) Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest is one of those rides that I, for whatever reason, never seemed to ride – until this past June.  Then we all rode it, and I liked it!  For me the most gut-wrenching part (I say that literally) was when we rode backwards down the track.  I did feel like the speed of the coaster was a little slower than I would have liked.  But I liked the coaster, and will ride it again.  Last time I was in the very back of the train, so this year I’ll see what it’s like at a different location!
For me, I really like the mountain.  Additionally, the Disney Imagineers have done a great job in theming this attraction.  In so many ways, the theming of an attraction also helps to make the wait in line seem shorter because you can look around and see all the little details of the ride.
Expedition Everest is located in Animal Kingdom, not far from the Kali River Rapids.

2) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

I absolutely LOVE Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  It is one of my favorite roller coasters anywhere, not just at Disney World.  There is so much to experience with BTMR that it is easy to ride it over and over again just to pick out the things you missed before.
Have you ever ridden it at night?  If you haven’t you absolutely must experience that at least once.  It introduces a totally different dynamic into the ride.
Have you seen the dancers dancing above the saloon?  If you haven’t, look for it.  BTMR is one of those attractions that delivers – over and over again!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom.

1) Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

I wonder where I have been all my life – six years in a row we have gone to Disney for at least one day, and in the previous five years, I never rode the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  How stupid have I been?!
Last June I made the distinct decision that I was going to ride this roller coaster, and when we were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios we did just that.  We had a Fastpass for it, so we walked right on.  In fact, we walked in the queue so quickly that I didn’t even pay attention to the limo leaving with the previous group of riders.  You know what?  That was better, because I had NO IDEA how quickly that limo was going to take off!
The initial start is from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, immediately propelled into the dark with the music of Aerosmith blasting in your ears!  The ride contains a corkscrew, a loop-de-loop, and several high speed turns, all with the music playing.  The ride is in the dark, but there are several neon signs to look at, so it really is cool!  The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster immediately became my favorite roller coaster anywhere, not just at Disney World!

But tell me, what are your favorite roller coasters at Walt Disney World?  How do they compare in your eyes with roller coasters at other theme parks?  Tell me in the comments below, and thanks!