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Primeval Whirl Review Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Primeval Whirl is a pair of spinning wild mouse coasters manufactured by Reverchon and is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The attraction opened on March 31, 2002, and is located in the Dinoland U.S.A. section of the park. In this review I will be breaking down the ride experience as well as giving my thoughts on it.

The attraction is located within the Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama sub section of Dinoland U.S.A. The little area is supposed to feel like a roadside carnival with the coaster as it’s standout attraction, which it does achieve. If you do choose to ride, you will enter stand-by on the left hand side or to the right hand side if you have a Fastpass+ reservation.

Once you enter the queue, you will mainly wait in some sets of switchbacks with some theming to time travel. There really isn’t much to say about this queue as it is by far the least elaborate queue at Animal Kingdom. There really isn’t really anything interesting to look at in the queue to keep you busy while you wait.

Main queue area. Credit: flickr.com

After waiting in the queue, you will reach the loading station where you will board your ride vehicle. To increase capacity and help speed up throughput, this ride does have a continuous loading station so the ride never has to stop. Keep this in mind so if you don’t want to ride, you make your mind up before getting to the loading station where the ride is already moving. Your lap bar will lower and your ride will begin.

Loading station. Credit: screammaachine.net

After leaving the loading station, you will turn into a straight section which makes a turn on to the lift hill. While ascending the lift hill, there are cardboard cut outs of phrases saying how far your going back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. After cresting the lift hill, you will go through the main wild mouse section of the coaster, which is a set of switchbacks that will throw you from side to side. After this main set of switchbacks, the coaster drops down a small drop before leveling out into another switchback and then the coaster traverses it’s main drop. After that main drop, the coaster will enter more switchbacks, this time with the train spinning. The spinning on this ride is heavily dependent on the weight distribution on the train, so the experience will be different each time. After the spinning section, the coaster hits it’s final break run.

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After hitting the final break run, the train will go back on the drive tires in the continuous loading station, your lap bar will release, and you will exit down a ramp back into Dinoland U.S.A.

My Thoughts: Although this is a fun ride from what I remember back from the last time I rode it in 2013 before I became a coaster enthusiast, this set of coasters simply don’t belong at Disney. Reverchon spinning wild mouse coasters are normally found at smaller amusement parks, boardwalk parks, and traveling fairs. Even though it’s themed more than your normal version of these coasters, the model simply doesn’t belong at a billion dollar Disney park. If I spend a full day at Animal Kingdom again I would do both sides to ensure I have both credits (I don’t remember which side I rode back in 2013). The coaster itself feels like a spinning wild mouse, really nothing special. All in all, the ride is fun, it’s just not a good fit for Animal Kingdom and Disney World as a whole.

Tips: Because this coaster has two different sides that mirror each other, it doubles it’s capacity so the wait will never be insane. Alas, this ride can still see long waits sometimes during the peak of the day. Wait times are normally 20-40 minutes on a normal day and 45-65 minutes on a busy day. If you want the shortest wait possible, ride within the first or last two hours of opening or use Fastpass+. This would be a good Fastpass option for a 4th or 5th FP, as availability is usually good in the afternoon on most days. Just don’t schedule this as one of your three pre-selected Fastpasses as their are other attractions in Tier 2 that will save you more time. Be cautious that this ride is kinda rough, so people with back or neck problems should probably not ride. If you are a coaster enthusiast reading this, remember that the two sides count as two different credits, so try to do both sides to max out that coaster count!

Final Thoughts: Primeval Whirl is a fun coaster that’s worth riding. it just doesn’t fit Disney’s high standard and quality of rides. If your a guest on a Disney vacation or just at the park for the day, ride it once and never bother again. If your a coaster enthusiast, just get the two credits and leave.

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