Officially closing in 2020, this wild mouse style roller coaster is now being removed from the park, piece by piece, and there isn’t much left.
Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a spinning family coaster located in the Dinoland, U.S.A. area of the park.
The ride officially closed permanently last year, and demolition began just last month. Now, both tracks for this colorful coaster have been flattened, and the twisted pieces of steel are being carted away.
Looking at the site now, only the entrance and walkways seem to be remaining at this point. All of the actual roller coaster sections have been brought down, leaving an empty parking lot shaped hole in its place.
An official reason was never given for the attraction’s closure, but many suspect it was becoming difficult to maintain the coaster since the manufacturer, Reverchon Industries, went out of business and replacement parts were no longer available.
Originally opening in 2002 as an expansion for Dinoland, U.S.A., Primeval Whirl was one of two roadside-attraction themed rides for the “Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama” area.
The other ride for the mini-land, a Dumbo style spinner named TriceraTop Spin, has remained and is currently open to guests.
Walt Disney World has not yet announced a replacement for Primeval Whirl, but with its removal happening so quickly, many expect it will be replaced with another carnival-style attraction in the near future to bring capacity back to the park.
Stay tuned for more news and updates for this project, and more work going on around Walt Disney World!