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  • Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

    While Dinosaur is one of my favorite attractions in WDW, I never got to experience Countdown to Extinction and I have some questions for people who have been on Countdown To Extinction and Dinosaur.

    -What was the difference between the 2 attractions (excluding the name)?
    -When did Disney change the attraction?
    -Why (if there are any known reasons) did Disney change it?
    -Which one was better?

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    Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

    I've ridden both but don't recall a real change at all. It was the same ride. But my memory is hazy.


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    • #3
      Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

      As far as I know it was just a name change. It happened after the movie came out

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      • #4
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        I think they only added the movie footage from the Dinosaur movie in the pre-show area. I don't think there are anything added to the ride part itself. It's not one of my favorites, knowing what a wonderful attraction this can be - knowing the Indiana Jones version over at Disneyland is MUCH better.

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        • #5
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          there was no real difference except the name is now boring
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          • #6
            Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

            is there a difference?
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            • #7
              Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

              I find the ride too noisy, and rough, for my liking.
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              • #8
                Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                oh, the movie Dinosaur. I totally forgot about that movie. Never saw it.....
                But thats good to know that there hasn't been any changes, and the name is MUCH more boring now.

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                • #9
                  Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                  They made some changes to the pre show to tie in with the Dinosaur movie, the ride experience did not change. Your not alone not many people remember the Disney Dinosaur movie or make the connection that your rescuing Alodar or one of his friends from extinction.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                    This change happened during Countdown to Extinction's days but apparently one online member remembered it at least... before they added the final dinosaur leaping out at you at the end you had a clear view of the flash from the meteor striking overhead with a neat starfield right as you jumped back to the present time. It's still there somewhat but heavily obscured because of the roaring dinosaur and his strobe lights.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                      - Obviously the name changed as well as the signage.
                      - They changed the dinosaur statue in front of the attraction building to one that looked like Aladar from the movie.
                      - They added planters around the Aladar statue since parents allowed their children to "bathe" in the reflecting pool.
                      - They (poorly) added the Aladar clip to the pre-show.
                      - This may have been added before the name change, but they added the whole, "You're the only ones going on this special mission, so don't tell anyone" bit at the end of the pre-show. That was not part of the original attraction.
                      - Again, I don't know if this was just a change or related to the "re-theme", but the overall ride has been toned down a bit - or at least seems so. I remember the original being MUCH darker. Also, some effects (like the "flying" dinosaurs that used to fly over the ride vehicle) have stopped working. Those (three I think) dinos are still there, but they're stationary now. They grabbed my attention the first couple of times I rode, so I'm not sure why they stopped working. Maybe the wire they "fly" on is too visible now that the ambient lighting in the ride has gone up?

                      Regardless, I still love the ride. I do miss CTX, but everything in the parks needs to be tied to a movie now.
                      -Tim

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                      • #12
                        Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                        I vaguely remember being hit with drops of water when the pterodactyl flew over you
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                        • #13
                          Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                          "Countdown to Extinction" was such a cool title. They might as well change it back, since nobody even remembers what the heck "Dinosaur" was just a few years after the fact...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                            Originally posted by SomethingWicked451 View Post
                            "Countdown to Extinction" was such a cool title. They might as well change it back, since nobody even remembers what the heck "Dinosaur" was just a few years after the fact...
                            I wish they would
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                            • #15
                              Re: Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur

                              Coundown to Extinction at the end a big rock is going hit you!

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