Terrific Tuesdays: In Search of the Iguanodon

Are you asking yourself, “What is an Iguanodon and what does it have to do with Walt Disney World?” The Iguanodon is a large plant eating dinosaur. They lived in the Cretaceous period about 135-125 million years ago. While at Walt Disney World you can help researchers at The Dino Institute find and bring back an Iguanodon, at “Dinosaur” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It is situated a little off to the side of the beaten path. Be aware of this when you head to this attraction. As you enter The Dino Institute, there are real dinosaur skeletons and fossils. The next room you go into you watch a video. This is not your typical pre-ride safety video. In my opinion it is something you won’t mind paying attention to.

After the video you leave that room and head down the stairs to board your Time Rover. The Time Rover will twist and bump you around through the dark Cretaceous period. There are several audio-animatronic dinosaurs through out this attraction. If you didn’t know better you may be fooled into thinking they are real. As you are carried deeper into the past, you will be experiencing jerky movements and be forced to leaned side to side in the darkness.

If you are not comfortable with dark, loud or bumpy, this is not the attraction for you. If you choose to ride, hopefully your crew will be successful in bringing back an Iguanodon to The Dino Institute.

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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