/ Monday, September 17th, 2007

DINOSAUR (formerly known as Countdown to Extinction), a thrill ride
using ride technology similar to Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure.
Guests are taken into the past to see the meteor that caused the
extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • There are a total of 19 dinosaurs on the Dinosaur! attraction, which uses a ride system modeled after the “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” attraction at Disneyland Resort in California.
  • The name of the Countdown to Extinction attractions was changed just weeks before the movie “Dinosaur” was released. This is not uncommon for Disney, who changed the name of Snow White’s Castle in Disneyland to Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1955, just a few years before the movie premiered. You can still see the letters CTX (Countdown to eXtinction) on the ride vehicles.
  • Take a look at the pipes over your head as you approach the Time Rover vehicles in Dinosaur! The Red pipe has the chemical name and formula for Ketchup (lycopersicon lycopericum is also known as the tomato) and the Yellow pipe has the chemical name and formula for Mustard. The White pipe is, of course, the chemical formulas for Mayonnaise!
  • In order to support the incredibly large and sophisticated dinosaur Audio-Animatronics® at DINOSAUR in DinoLand U.S.A., their dino-size bases were built clear through the structure down to their own large foundations in the ground.