Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopened this past Sunday to not a whole lot of fanfare. No fanfare, actually. Why? Could it be due to the $69,000 fine levied by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the death of a cast member in 2011? Or the death of a cast member in 2007? Could it be the fact that it’s the leading cause of chiropractic visits in the United States? Could it be the fact that the company that built it went bankrupt and had all of its assets liquidated in 2008? Could it be that it’s the crown on the universally hated Chester and Hester’s DinoRama? Is it not what Walt would have wanted? I don’t have the answers to these questions.
We’re arriving at basically the worst part of the day at Animal Kingdom when it closes at 5pm – 10:30am. Let’s see how it looks.
Looks like a lot of people streaming in.
Okay, these are the turnstiles on the left side. I count 26 people in three lines.
And this shot taken two seconds later to the right. Not including the two men on the far right (since we can’t see how many people are behind them), I count ten people at three or four turnstiles. People are weird.
Marching up Discovery Island to the Tree of Life.
Even though the wait times board is never particularly accurate, let’s have a look anyway to get an idea about what we’re dealing with here:
5 minute wait at Expedition Everest…10 minute wait at Kali River Rapids…20 minute wait at Kilimanjaro Safaris…5 minute wait at Primeval Whirl…10 minute wait at DINOSAUR..doesn’t look bad.
Heading toward DinoLand USA, home of Primeval Whirl.
I think TriceraTop Spin was temporarily down for some period of time as no one is riding and no one is in line. It was operating within about ten minutes to its usually short lines.
Okay. So two cast members have died while working on Primeval Whirl. The government fined Disney nearly seventy grand this week because of safety lapses. It’s been down for “refurbishment” since January, with the reopening date pushed back at least three times. It’s still half walled in. Safe, right?
5 minute wait…no one else seems to think so.
I gave the track the ol’ once over with my eyeballs and didn’t notice any missing bolts or track that mysteriously went off a cliff. Might as well give it a whirl (pun intended).
Thanks to my camera phone via Twitter for this image of the ascent. I don’t think anything is really “refurbished” here despite the lengthy downtime. The track needs a paint job, everything is dirty, and it’s still jarring as all heck (this is a family website). On my first of two rides, there was a terrible sudden stop right in the middle of the ride that made everyone in the car lunge forward against the restraints painfully. At best, you’ll have five or six uncomfortable grinding stops and/or slowdowns throughout the course of the 90 second ride. It’s sort of fun to twirl around though. I’m not saying “don’t ride it.” Just be aware that it’s probably the most jarring attraction at Disney World other than Space Mountain. This is one ride where you’ll want to heed the warnings if you have neck or back problems. Skip it – you aren’t missing much. On my first ride, there were four people in line in front of me and on my second ride right after there were 15 or 20. Maybe they saw me and worked up some courage. It loads relatively slowly so lines can get backed up quickly when crowds are heavy.
I wonder if Disney is happy to have their 1-2 punch of DINOSAUR and Primeval Whirl back. At least these two are interested.
Walking up through Asia towards Expedition Everest:
Can’t complain about a 15 minute wait at Expedition Everest with FASTPASSes exactly 40 minutes out at 11:05am.
And Kali River Rapids:
Considering how hot it was today, this is great too. The last week or so hasn’t been so bad weather-wise, but today was incredibly hot with high humidity. And it’s been raining heavily for the last two hours. Florida for you.
Africa and the pathway between Africa and Asia are the most congested sections in Animal Kingdom, at least until Avatar Land arrives sometime in 2016 or thereabouts.
FASTPASSes with return times that are 40 minutes in the future and decent afternoon waits.
Remember, Tusker House lunch will include characters beginning December 4th. Prices for lunch will be $25.99 – $29.99 and kids prices will be $14.99 to $16.99 depending on season.
On our way to Pizzafari for lunch. Here’s pictures of the quick service, menus, seating, condiments, etc: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/pizzafari-discovery-island-major-quick-service-hot-breakfast/.
I’m on a bit of a salad binge as of late, so I went with the Antipasto Salad, which is a rare menu item. I can’t think of anywhere else it’s served, but it might pop up somewhere.
This has a lot of goodies in it – mozzarella balls, artichoke hearts, salami, green olives, red pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes, a hot pepper of some sort, lettuce, a breadstick, and Italian dressing. I’m not sure how cohesive it was or whether or not everything really belonged (cucumber?), but I can’t complain. The red peppers were the only disappointment – most certainly from a can, oily, and slimy. Easily placed to the side. Other than that, it’s a nice alternative to the pizzas.
The wait times board on our way out:
Can’t do much better than that around noon. Considering Animal Kingdom was our most recommended Park today, that’s just the sort of thing we like to see.