Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Dinos in Pop Culture - Animal Kingdom: The Boneyard

Today we are going into an area within DinoLand U.S.A called:

The Boneyard was probably the best "paleontological" area of all of DinoLand U.S.A. and has several features within it. The first thing you notice as you enter DinoLand U.S.A. is a giant Brachiosaurus skeleton that you walk under.

The story behind this area is that the Boneyard is "run" by an organization called The Dino Institute. The Institute is a made up organization (at least I'm pretty sure it is) designed to make the experience appear that much more real. Within the Boneyard there are several slides, mazes, stairs, and bridges around fake rock walls will "fossils" built into them.

 A welcoming sign. 

The Dino Institute's logo

A view of a potential dinosaur excavation site.

A large bone within that excavation site.

 A Parasaurolophus skeleton built into one of the walls. 

  Random mammoth skull within a field of dinosaur bones. Seemingly out of place but we will come back to the mammoth. It does have a purpose here. 

T. rex skeleton towards the back of the complex.

 Many of the dinosaurs also come with informational signs so that the kids can learn some more about them if they are interested.


Towards one side of the area there is a walkway that brings you across a bridge to another area that is an active "dig" and theoretically a different rock layer since this area isn't dinosaur specific. To get there you must now walk essentially within the Brachiosaurus

 Looking up into the Brachiosaurus skeleton as I walk by.

 As you leave the walkway, you can look down into this separate area made up of an entire dig site. And what are they digging here?

 Why it's a mammoth! Told you we would come back to that.

 Complete with a descriptive board to give the kids the information that they need.

 Back across the bridge we head to go to the play area. As you walk around the back it appears they have a whiteboard set up with with a list of the fossils they are working on.

 However, looking at the names of the species and other info, I'm questioning the veracity of this information.

 Random T. rex statue next to the whiteboard.

 And a little more information about the science of paleontology in general. 

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