Primeval Whirl is a steel roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It is an "off the shelf" spinning one purchased from Reverchon Industries; this spinning led guests to nickname it "Primeval Hurl". It is part of Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama, which is itself part of Dinoland USA. It is a roller coaster in the "Mild But Wild Thrills" category of Disney Parks. It has cars that spin in circles while travelling the tracks, permitting the ride experience to vary greatly each time it is ridden. It usually seats up to 4 riders.

The ride is lightly themed, with decorations related to time travel and to the meteor which is believed to have caused the extinction of dinosaurs (Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event). This gives it a storyline very similar to that of the nearby dark ride, DINOSAUR.

Similar to Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, the ride has actually two roller coasters with identical layouts, but facing opposite directions.

Fastpass is available for the ride.

Since June 17, 2019, the ride has been out of operation. According to Disney, the closure is due to unexpected and unscheduled maintenance.

In September 2019, it was announced that the attraction would enter seasonal operating.

The ride did not reopen following the resort's closure for the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic but it has yet to be announced if the closure is permanent.

Summary

Sweep through a series of sudden dips and turns as your time machine spins on its own path. Whiz by cartoon dinosaurs hastily preparing for their impending extinction and glimpse a shower of kooky meteors.

Glide through a fossilized jigsaw puzzle of dinosaur bones, before leaving the past behind—just in time!

Incidents

  • On November 29, 2007, Karen Price, a cast member, died in a Florida hospital, five days after falling from the ride platform and hitting her head. On March 5, 2008, Disney announced it was adding sensors that would detect if a cast member entered into areas that are off limits and stop the movement of the ride vehicles in the immediate area.
  • On March 14, 2011, 52-year-old Russell Sherry Roscoe, a cast member, died at Orlando Regional Medical Center after suffering a head trauma while working on The Little Dip section of the ride the previous day.

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