Opened: April 18, 2002
Location: Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama in DinoLand USA. It’s located across from TriceraTop Spin in the middle of the area.
Extra Magic Hours: Morning
FastPass+: Yes – Moderate priority. With lower peak waits and waits that build slower than the headlining attractions, most guests will prefer to use FP+ at the likes of Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids. But Primeval Whirl will cut 20 to 30 minutes off the wait from 11:30am to 4pm if you plan to ride during that time frame.
Type: Spinning Roller Coaster
Similar To: Nothing similar at Disney World. It’s basically a “Wild-Mouse” roller coaster similar to ones found at many state or county fairs, except the ride vehicles spin throughout the ride.
Requirements: Must be 48” tall to ride
Scary Factor: Medium. While technically less intense than other coasters, the spinning can be disconcerting and it “feels” like you’re higher up than you are.
When To Go: Try to ride before 10:30am, after 4pm, or with FastPass+ in the afternoon. Because it loads slower, has a lower capacity, and is shorter than DINOSAUR, ride before DINOSAUR in the morning.
Expect to Wait: Lines are usually 20 minutes or less before 12pm and may increase to 30+ minutes in the afternoon. Wait times longer than that are rare.
Length: About two minutes with a 30 second ascension at the beginning.
What to Expect: Primeval Whirl is a short, spinning, “Wild Mouse” type ride that seems like it belongs in a carnival rather than a billion dollar Disney World Park. Nonetheless, this is precisely what Disney wanted and it fits in with the overall theme of the area which is full of other carnival games and rides. The idea behind it is that Chester and Hester wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the nearby archaeological dig. Primeval Whirl is themed to be a cheap knockoff of the much more spectacular DINOSAUR attraction nearby. The one problem with Primeval Whirl is that it’s extremely jerky and the attraction can stop abruptly, causing the head and body to snap back and forth against the restraints. Anyone with even a hint of back problems should avoid this ride. Despite potential jerkiness, it is a fun ride and the theme is distinctly funky.
Where to Sit: Each vehicle seats a maximum of four people. If you would prefer the ride to spin less, try to even out the weight on both sides of the ride vehicle. For example, have one adult and one child on each side rather than two children on one side and two adults on the other. This will result in the ride spinning less. Conversely, load one side heavier if you would like the vehicle to spin more. There is no way to manually control the amount of spinning like at Mad Tea Party. The ride does what it wants.
Oops: Reverchon Industries, the amusement ride company that Disney purchased the Primeval Whirl from, filed bankruptcy in 2008 and closed down all manufacturing and operations.
Commentary: Primeval Whirl isn’t a headlining ride, but it’s worth doing if there’s a relatively short wait. It’s extremely short and will be over before you know it. Skip it with back and neck problems of any kind.