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Primeval Whirl

Coordinates: 28°21′23.05″N 81°35′15.8″W / 28.3564028°N 81.587722°W / 28.3564028; -81.587722
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Primeval Whirl
Car going up chain lift
Disney's Animal Kingdom
LocationDisney's Animal Kingdom
Park sectionDinoLand U.S.A. - Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama
Coordinates28°21′23.05″N 81°35′15.8″W / 28.3564028°N 81.587722°W / 28.3564028; -81.587722
Opening dateMarch 31, 2002
Closing dateJuly 11, 2020
General statistics
TypeSteel – Spinning – Wild Mouse
ManufacturerReverchon Industries
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
ModelSpinning Coaster
Track layoutWild Mouse
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height42.7 ft (13.0 m)
Length1,377.9 ft (420.0 m)
Speed29.1 mph (46.8 km/h)
Capacity900 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Fastpass+ Was available
Primeval Whirl at RCDB

Primeval Whirl was a steel Wild Mouse roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. The ride was a spinning roller coaster purchased from Reverchon Industries. The ride was part of Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama, which is itself part of DinoLand U.S.A. It was a roller coaster in the "Mild But Wild Thrills" category. It had cars that spun in circles while traveling on tracks, permitting the ride experience to vary greatly each time it is ridden. The ride featured 13 cars, each seating up to 4 riders. Disney demolished the ride in September of 2021.

Similar to Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, Primeval Whirl was actually two roller coasters facing opposite directions. Unlike Space Mountain, both tracks had an identical layout instead of the mirrored track.


The original plan for DinoLand U.S.A. was to include a wooden roller coaster named The Excavator. Its concept would utilize mine cart style train cars in a ride through the old work site where, in the backstory for the land, the very first bones were found in Diggs County. Warning signs would flank the entry as guests boarded what could be assumed was an attraction set up by the grad students that ran the nearby dig site. During the ride, guests would pass through dinosaur bones and around the centerpiece for this out-of-control wooden roller coaster: an old excavator that the college kids altered to look like a dinosaur, giving the attraction its name. The Excavator would be cancelled due to budget cuts after the failure of Disneyland Paris, formerly known as Euro Disney. Fortunately, officials revisited the idea of a mine train roller coaster for Expedition Everest, which would open in 2006.[1]

On September 29, 2000, Disney announced that they would be adding new attractions to their Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks. The Magic Kingdom would be getting The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, a family ride based on the 1992 film Aladdin. Disney's Animal Kingdom would be receiving Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama, which would be located in the DinoLand U.S.A. area. The new section would feature several carnival games and a snack trailer on an old asphalt parking lot across from a gas station and store. Plus, this area would include two new rides, which were Primeval Whirl and TriceraTop Spin. TriceraTop Spin would be similar to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, while Primeval Whirl would be a dual track spinning Wild Mouse roller coaster built by Reverchon Industries.[2]

Primeval Whirl officially opened to the public on March 31, 2002. It was the first roller coaster to open at Disney's Animal Kingdom.[3]

On June 17, 2019, the ride was reduced to seasonal operation, and later in September, park officials stated that the attraction would only be operating on a seasonal basis. On July 16, 2020, officials confirmed that the attraction would not re-open after various speculation.[4] After the announcement, the ride vehicles were removed from the track.[5]

In September 2021, construction walls were installed in the surrounding area of the attraction.[6] Demolition of the ride began that same month on September 22 with the removal of track sections.[7] The entrance sign was taken down a few days later.[8] By November, both tracks were completely demolished.[9]


The ride was themed to time travel and to the meteor which was believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. This gave the coaster a storyline very similar to that of Dinosaur, the nearby dark ride.


Primeval Whirl received mixed reviews from guests, as some praised the theming and dual track ride experience, but others criticized it as not being up to Disney standards. Many guests only saw a cheap carnival with off-the-shelf rides and games sitting in a cracked asphalt parking lot. In reality, it was all carefully designed and constructed to be a loving tribute to the roadside attractions between the 1940s and 1960s before the Interstate Highway System rendered the old routes obsolete. The shabby asphalt was actually carefully textured concrete.[10]


On November 29, 2007, a Disney employee, Karen Price, aged 63, died in a hospital after falling from the Primeval Whirl ride platform and hitting her head. Four months later, Disney announced it was adding sensors that would detect if a cast member entered into areas that are off-limits and stop the movement of the ride vehicles in the immediate area.[11][12]

On March 14, 2011, Russell Sherry Roscoe, aged 52, died after suffering from head trauma while working on a dip on the ride the previous day.

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  1. ^ "Never-Built Rides at Disney's Animal Kingdom – Beastly Kingdom, Excavator Coaster & More". 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Disney announces future attractions". The Paducah Sun. September 30, 2000. Retrieved October 17, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Primeval Whirl  (Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Tuttle, Brittani (July 16, 2020). "Disney World permanently closes of Rivers of Light, Primeval Whirl, Stitch's Great Escape". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Primeval Whirl Ride Vehicles Now Extinct, Completely Removed from Attraction". 23 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Construction Walls Installed at Primeval Whirl". 13 September 2021.
  7. ^ read, Katie Francis··1 min (2021-09-23). "PHOTOS: Roller Coaster Track Removed as Demolition of Primeval Whirl Continues at Disney's Animal Kingdom". WDW News Today. Retrieved 2021-09-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Primeval Whirl Sign, Roller Coaster Track Removed as Part of Ongoing Demolition". 28 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Primeval Whirl Nearly Extinct at Disney's Animal Kingdom". 8 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Primeval Whirl - Yesterland".
  11. ^ "Primeval Whirl". WDWHistory.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012.
  12. ^ Powers, Scott. "Disney's Animal Kingdom ride gets added safety features". Orlando Sentinel.

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