Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dinos in Pop Culture - Animal Kingdom: Part 3

Back to the series of Dinos in Pop Culture in Animal Kingdom. In Part 1, we looked at the dinosaurs in  that were outside of the area called DinoLand U.S.A.. In Part 2 we looked at the area within DinoLand U.S.A. called "Chester and Hester's DinoRama!". Today we are going an area within DinoLand U.S.A called:

The Boneyard has several features within it. First thing you notice as you enter DinoLand U.S.A. is a giant Brachiosaurus skeleton that you walk under.

The Boneyard is "run" by an organization called The Dino Institute. The Institute is a made up organization (at least I'm pretty sure it is) designed to make the experience appear that much more real. Within the Boneyard there are several slides, mazes, stairs, and bridges around fake rock walls will "fossils" built into them.
 A welcoming sign. 

The Dino Institute's logo

A view of a potential dinosaur excavation site.

A large bone within that excavation site.

 A Parasaurolophus skeleton built into one of the walls. 

 Random Mammoth skull. We will come back to the Mammoth. It does have a purpose here.

T. rex skeleton towards the back of the complex,

 Many of the dinosaurus also come with informational signs so that the kids can learn some more about them if they are interested.


Towards one side of the area there is a walkway that brings you across a bridge to another area that is an active "dig". To get there you must now walk essentially within the Brachiosaurus

 Looking up into the Brachiosaurus skeleton as I walk by.

 As you leave the walkway, you can look down into the entire dig. And what are they digging here?

 Why it's a Mammoth! Told you we would come back to that.

 Complete with a descriptive board to give the kids the information that they need.

 Back across the bridge we head to go to the play area. As you walk around the back it appears they have a whiteboard set up with with a list of the fossils they are working on.

 However, looking at the names of the species and other info, I'm questioning the veracity of this information.

 Random T. rex statue next to the whiteboard.

 And a little more information about the science of paleontology in general. 

Overall, this was probably the best "paleontological" area of all of DinoLand U.S.A. Unfortunately, it wasn't open when I was there last year but luckily I got to explore this time. 

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