Hidden Details Of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney Parks, Features, Imaginerding, Walt Disney World

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Published on August 05, 2012 at 9:45 pm with 6 Comments

It’s all about the story, right? Well, sometimes, to get to the story, we have to take in the little details. Take Restaurantosaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. At first, it looks like a hodgepodge of different buildings that have been added onto over the years. Upon closer inspection, you realize it is the dormitory and cafeteria for the grad students working at the Dino Institute. Over the years, it has accumulated a lot of stuff left behind by the students and professors. Let’s take a look at some of the books just lying around.

Some of them aren’t quite what they seem.

Of course, most of the titles we see are real books, most likely picked up second hand and at yard sales. Some of them are even library discards. Some of the unique titles in this shot:

  • From Here to Extinction
  • The Asteroid Also Rises
  • The Agony and the Extinction

  • Calamosaurus Jane

  • Count Dracopelta
  • The Ice Age Cometh
  • Don Gone
  • Buried Treasure Island
  • Dinosaur Far
  • Atlas Coposaurus Shrugged
  • The Lizard of Oz
  • Gunga Dig
  • Driving Miss Daspletosaurus

  • Captains Cretaceous
  • Dinos In Love
  • A Dino for All Seasons
  • 1984 B.C.

  •  David Iridiumfield
  • First Year Primer of Literary Kritosaurus
  • A Confederacy of Darwins
  • Beak House
  • Allosaurus in Wonderlan
  • Desire Under the Cycad
  • Desire Under the Stratum
  • East of Edmonton
  • Camelotia
  • Cretaceous Park
And those are just some of the literary references. There are also some musical references scattered about. The titles, in this case, are real, but harbor flavors of doom, time and monsters.

  • Lizard Music
  • Starjob
  • A Fate Worse Than a Fate Worse Than Death
  • 24 Days at Catastrophe Cafe
  • By the Time it Gets Dark
  • Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert

The jukebox has some great tunes, many of which have a monster, dinosaur, or digging theme. I bet the students played Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis quite a bit.

  • It’s About Time
  • Time Was When

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  1. Awww yeah! Hidden details in DAK!

    • Even though they are only half of the normal details? ;)

  2. Stone of Tears! Random sword of truth/legend of the seeker reference. <3 hidden gems

    • I loved the real books that they chose, too. They really put a lot of of thought and effort into the park.

  3. Love that detail! :D


    • Thanks! The books are up high, so it was a surprise the first time I saw them.