A visit to the Magic Kingdom in Florida is certainly on everyone’s bucket list. Disney World boasts attractions that will send all of us back into our childhood.
The park is brimming with attractions, shows, and characters and can sometimes feel daunting when it comes to planning your visit. Where to go, what to choose?
But don’t worry; we’re here to help! In our Ultimate Guides, we will walk you through every attraction to ensure your visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be one to remember.
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about Triceratop Spin, Dinoland. We will walk you through the basics of this ride and how it works and give you some further background info about the whole experience.
About Triceratop Spin
Triceratop Spin is a 1.5-minute-long spinning aerial ride located in Dinoland, U.S.A. It is similar to other aerial carousels such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant or Aladdin’s Magic Carpets at Walt Disney World. You will find it as part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Disney World.
This primeval whirl was opened in Dinsey’s Animal Kingdom on November 1st, 2001, as a spinner available to all ages. But it is especially appealing to parents or guardians with small children. The ride is perfect for snapping some pictures of your little ones as they steer the Dinosaurs around.
Triceratop Spin consists of Dinosaur cars that circle in a slow spinning motion. Riders can decide whether to fly high or low. Depending on what they push on their control joystick, the Dinosaurs pop up or down.
To enter the Dinoland U.S.A section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, make a U-turn as you come towards the tree of life.
Triceratop Spin is located in the Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama area in Dinoland, U.S.A. Just opposite Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures shop. When entering Dinoland U.S.A., you will find Dino-Rama as well as the Triceratop Spin on your left.
At the Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures shop, you will be able to purchase memorabilia and dinosaur gimmicks in the form of:
- Mickey Ears
- Magic Bands
The area of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama offers lots of dinosaur fun. You will, for instance, be able to grab a bite at their two restaurants:
- The Boneyard
You will queue for the Triceratop Spin right in front of the attraction. The area is unthemed if you want to call it that. You are still located in Dino-Rama, and therefore there will be a lot of Dinosaur-Esque decor and characters around you. One Disney character that is very likely to stick around Triceratop spin a lot is Donald Duck!
The 16 green Triceratop-shaped vehicles come with two rows each and can hold up to four guests. The carrousel features a big dinosaur in the middle and several comets “flying” around the Triceratops vehicles.
Guests will have control over a joystick when sitting in the back row. This can move the Triceratop car up and down. The guests in the front row are also provided with a joystick that will tilt the Triceratop backward and forward. This makes for a lot of surprises and laughter as the parties maneuver the Triceratop spin around while it is spinning as well.
On top of that, the dinosaurs pop up at the central hub at the end of the 90-second ride, making them reach peak height. From there, you can enjoy a bit of a better view of the park and look over to Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures.
The ride is especially popular with young children and is a staple for most visits to Disney World. It doesn’t have any scary moments and also does not last too long. This means your little ones will not lose interest and will likely enjoy the bumpy rides.
Disney World does not offer any health advice regarding this ride. This means there aren’t any health restrictions. However, if you suffer from a bad fear of heights, you might want to skip the Triceratop Spin.
Other guests might find the seats of Triceratop Spin a bit too small, as it is mainly designed for children. This is why we mentioned that the Triceratop Spin can fit up to four guests. We recommend sitting alongside your children as two grownups next to each other might not fit. This means one adult in the front row and one in the back row.
Fastpass/ Lightning Lane: No
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes.
Riders Switch: No
Chicken Exit: No
Single Rider Line: No
Type of Restraint: Seatbelts
Wait times: Very short, no longer than 15 minutes on the busiest day and time.
Time: 90 Seconds
Height Restrictions: None
Age Restrictions: None
- Wheelchair accessibility in some dinosaur cars. You can either stay in your wheelchair or choose to transfer into the vehicle from your ECV. Simply ride up a ramp to access the Dinosaur cars.
- Contact a cast member to assist if you would like to transfer into a vehicle seat.
Service Animals: Yes
- The Triceratop Spin was the first ride to open in the Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama area in Dinoland, U.S.A.
- Decide before entering this primeval whirl which joystick you would like to operate. Remember, the front row tilts the vehicle, and the back row makes the Dinosaur pop up or down.
Does the weather impact Triceratop Spin?
The Triceratop Spin Dinoland is an outdoor attraction. It does not offer shelter from the weather. We recommend checking your weather app before planning a ride with this carousel.
It might not be as enjoyable in rainy conditions. Also, remember to use sunscreen and protection, especially for your little ones on particularly hot and sunny days.
What is the best time to visit Triceratop Spin?
The best time to visit the Triceratop spin is early in the morning, as it is still relatively quiet.
This way, you might get to ride the Triceratop spin several times if your little one particularly enjoys it.
What are some other flying vehicle carousels at Walt Disney World?
There are several other flying carousels to enjoy at Walt Disney World, apart from Triceratop Spin. Our favorites are:
- Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
- The Astro Orbiter
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant