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November 4, 2011

Location: Dinoland, USA, Disney's Animal Kingdom

We've spent quite a bit of time talking about Dinoland, USA in various Fun Finds, Hidden Mickey's, and even during the 53rd episode of the W.E.D.nesday Show! During all of these past times we haven't really entered into the Dinosaur attraction itself, until now.

Let's do a little history lesson real quick! Back before the movie, Dinosaur, came out, the current attraction Dinosaur followed an almost identical storyline, but had a different name: Countdown to Extinction. Countdown to Extinction, which opened in 1998, became one of the main E-ticket attractions during the first years of Disney's animal Kingdom. However, with the addition of Aladar and the Carnotaurus, Countdown to Extinction disappeared, but not all references to the past attraction would disappear as well.

While in the loading area for the attraction, try to board on the right hand side. While at the seatbelt check, take a look at the wall to the right to find the following image:

Here lies a nice little nod to the former attraction and the park opening in the form of Sector CTX-WDI-AK98. What does it all mean? Well, CTX stands for Countdown To eXtinction, while WDI stands for Walt Disney Imagineering. Finally, AK98 pays homage to Disney's Animal Kingdom opening up in 1998! Now, let's go get that dino!


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