Primeval Whirl

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Primeval Whirl
Primeval Whirl WDW.jpg
Car going up chain lift
Disney'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; -81.587722Coordinates: 28°21′23.05″N 81°35′15.8″W / 28.3564028°N 81.587722°W / 28.3564028; -81.587722
StatusUnder construction
Opening dateMarch 31, 2002
General statistics
TypeSteel – Spinning – Wild Mouse
ManufacturerReverchon Industries
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
ModelSpinning Cars
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+ available
Primeval Whirl at RCDB
Pictures of Primeval Whirl at RCDB

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

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

Since June 17, 2019, the ride has been out of operation. According to Disney, the closure is due to unexpected and unscheduled maintenance.[1]

The ride[edit]

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


On November 29, 2007, a Disney cast member 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.[2][3]

On March 14, 2011, another Disney cast member died after suffering from head trauma while working on A dip on the ride the previous day.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Figueroa, Jessica (6 August 2019). "FastPass Cancellations Beyond September 28th Hint at Extension to..." WDW News Today. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Primeval Whirl". Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Powers, Scott. "Disney's Animal Kingdom ride gets added safety features". Orlando Sentinel.
  4. ^ Curtis, Henry Pierson. "Disney's Animal Kingdom worker dies from injuries". Orlando Sentinel.

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