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December 28, 2012

Location: Dinoland, USA, Disney's Animal Kingdom

When most people think about Disney's Animal Kingdom their mind often travels to things like the Safari or Dinosaur, or if you are a thrill seeker you will probably think of Expedition Everest. It's sometimes difficult to think about Disney's Animal Kingdom without Expedition Everest looming in the distance, but what is even more difficult to grasp (at least to me) is the fact that the entire Asia portion of the park wasn't around on opening day. Keeping that in mind, let's travel over to the Boneyard for this week's Fun Find!

The Boneyard sign in Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Boneyard is an amazingly detailed area which focuses around one of the ultimate back stories found throughout all of Walt Disney World, but it's the sign that deserves a closer look today. While the full story of Dinoland, USA does start with this sign (this "bone" which was found in 1947 set into motion the entire storyline, which we will get to eventually) the sign itself has a very interesting detail about it.

At first glance (or even your 100th glance) you may not notice the details written upon the bone besides the location name and the year, but if you pay close attention you may notice the little Z along with the arrows on the left and right side of the bones. What is the purpose of these? These are the key to our Fun Find. If you look at the sign with a titled head you'll realize that these aren't Z's, but in fact the letter N with an arrow pointing up, much like a compass. So the sign is, in reality, a map! But a map of what?

As stated in the start of the article, Disney's Animal Kingdom did not contain Asia on opening day, but, the Boneyard was present! So with some tweaking, Imagineers turned the hipbone of a dinosaur into a map of Disney's Animal Kingdom as it would have appeared on opening day!

The Boneyard sign in Disney's Animal Kingdom

So there you have it! An opening day park map right before your eyes and you probably didn't even know it! Now I know what you're thinking: "What does L36564 stand for?" That my friends, is a story for another Fun Find Friday!


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