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Ride Guide – The Boneyard
Just after you go under the Oldengate Bridge, entering Dinoland USA, to your left is the entrance to The Boneyard. This is a great area for younger children, with easy to find areas offering some shade and a respite from the Florida sun.
The Boneyard is not a ride, but a play park, themed around an archaeological dig. There are tunnels to be explored, climbing frames to be clambered over and slides to be slid down! With lots and lots to explore, there are also plenty of facts to be found and children should be encouraged to lift lids, open doors and see if they can find some of the hidden treasures around this area. This is all enclosed within an area set with only one way in and out, so it is a great place to let the kids run a bit looser and let off some energy and steam.
One of the great features of the Boneyard is the actual archaeological dig, where children can climb into a massive sandpit to try to unearth the dinosaur bones that are hidden there. The sand is a funny sort of grit, so children have to keep their shoes on. It is a no-stick type of sand, so you don’t need to worry about them coming out with sand everywhere, however it does feel a little strange and isn’t like playing in a normal sand pit. This area is across the bridge from the main Boneyard play area, so can be a little quieter again and definitely provides a nice seating area for parents to watch on while their children play away amusing themselves. Occasionally the dig site will be closed while the bones are re-buried for future explorers, however, these interruptions are only quite temporary.
Given all of the wonders available to them within the Animal Kingdom, it is amazing how a simple play park will keep children entertained. For the younger guests, though, this area is a definite treat and a great way to break up a long day at the theme park. They will love climbing over the jeep, exploring through the tunnels (although some may be a little afraid of some of the dinosaur noises) and slipping down the covered slides. There are plenty of fans to keep the air cooler within this area as well.
We always visit the Boneyard during our days in the Animal Kingdom and while it is not a major ride, it is definitely worth considering as a break point with younger kids for a busy day at the park.
Minimum Height – None
FastPass – No
Single Rider – No
Location – Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Within Dinoland USA.
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Page added on: 27 July 2011
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