View Full Version : Interesting Story of Dina-Rama in AK

10-14-2007, 06:24 AM
Saw this interesting thread on the DIS giving the story behind Dinoland and Dino-Rama:


Always wondered why Dino-Rama was there :)

10-14-2007, 07:11 AM
thanks Tim, thats a great back story :thumbsup2

10-14-2007, 07:55 AM
Thanks so much for posting this. I love the pretend stories to go with the parks such as the blizzard beach and typhoon lagoon ones.

Are there any more?


10-14-2007, 08:21 AM
Thanks for that Tim :thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 03:31 AM
Interesting.....thanks Tim:thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 03:39 AM
Really interesting, I love all the back stories. Thanks Tim :thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 03:50 AM
really informative, thanks for the link Tim, I love the reasoning behind the imagineers.

10-15-2007, 04:08 AM
Great story Tim :thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 07:31 AM
According to many of the replies on this thread, it seems the Imagineers shot themselves in the foot when they created Dinoland in the AK and Paradise Pier at DCA. However, I think of them both as reminders of the contrast in quality of the Disney Parks that generations have come to take for granted and their predecessors, the old amusment parks that were all that existed before Walt and Roy Disney's brilliant innovations. I'm particiularly fond of Paradise Pier and think of it as an homage to the old seaside parks like the one at Santa Monica, but suppose tacky is tacky (even when crafted carefully and purposefully) and understand why the theme itself leaves so many cold. I don't know for sure, but suspect that the Imagineers working on the Chester and Hester part at AK must have been thinking of how all the non-Disney (and certainly non-Disney quality) motels and tourist/souvenir places encroached upon Disneyland so rapidly after it opened.

For those of you who have expressed an interest in traveling a bit (or all) of Route 66, it's there. You just need to do a little research on the state(s) you'll be traveling through. You might have to drive on sections of new road, more in some states than others, but the remnants of the old road should be somewhere close by even in those areas. I live in Oklahoma and understand that we have the most miles of original road still in use (the mixed blessing of living in a political culture that believes strongly in not spending too much of the taxpayers dollar!) Every day part of my drive to and from work is on the actual, no kidding historic Route 66, so I can testify it's still here. Any time you're ready, you can come get your kicks on Route 66.