1. Dino Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A landmark at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989, Gertie is both a nod to Gertie the Trained Dinosaur, one of the first popular animated characters in film. Although the character was not developed by Walt Disney, she’s a symbol of animation history – and at the park, serves up mighty good ice cream.
2. Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot – The original version of this attraction introduced me to some of Disney Parks’ first-ever dinosaur Audio-Animatronics figures back in the mid-1980s – and I was mystified!
3. DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – A quick trip on a Time Rover takes us back 65 million years ago to visit Alioramus, Velociraptors and more. Better make it a real quick trip if you don’t want to get caught by that treacherous Carnotaurus!
4. TriceraTop Spin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Okay, this dino draw is more my speed, with it’s colorful herbivores ready to take to the skies.
6. The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – What trip to DinoLand, U.S.A., at Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be complete for little ones without a trip through the Boneyard? Here, kiddos can help excavate the bones of a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, explore rope bridges and more.
7. T-REX Restaurant at Disney Springs – For the ultimate dinosaur experience, head to T-Rex at Disney Springs. The food is terrific and every few minutes diners get to experience a meteor shower. Ultimate dino fans can also create their own dinosaur at the Build-A-Dino station in the adjacent merchandise shop.