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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    It's threads like this that make the adage "you learn something new everyday" true. Thanks OP!

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Up until a few weeks ago I had almost forgotten about this section because I haven't been through it since I was a kid. I got the chills because it made me feel like I was 4 again!

    Truly one of the best memories I have of the park because growing up I loved dinosaurs.

    previous poster who said they're taking their son through this you will not regret it! your son will be forever grateful just as I am for my parents taking me through it!!!

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    The Primeval World diorama really is one of the best scenes in the park.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    oh nice thanks.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Was one of my fav things as a kid also, since I LOVED dinosaurs. Was always the last thing we did at night. Get on the train, see the dinosaurs, get off at main street and head home.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    I'd just like to add that legendary Imagineer Claude Coats painted the backgrounds (or at least, designed them and had help painting them).
    Well, he was the "Art Director" on the project. I believe Delmer J. Yoakum (seen on the left in the photo of the diorama being painted in the first post) did the actual painting. Delmer was a fine artist in his own right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShelbyH View Post
    I read somewhere, though, that the deer in the GC scene are the only taxidermied animals and the rest are fake. Is that not right?
    I believe all the animals in the Grand Canyon Diorama are taxidermy specimens.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomorrowland_1967 View Post
    THANK YOU to the original poster for this wonderful write-up ... and picture review!!

    Love it! Great job!! :-)
    Thanks, its easy to write on something you're passionate about.
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Can anybody tell me why there are armadillos in the Grand Canyon diorama?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TikiRoom View Post
    It's threads like this that make the adage "you learn something new everyday" true. Thanks OP!
    Definitely. When researching a lot of those facts, I learned a few things myself. Very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by booth22 View Post
    Can anybody tell me why there are armadillos in the Grand Canyon diorama?
    Good question.

    From what I've been told, it's basically invisible to guests seated on the train. One must be standing in order to see it.

    If that is indeed the case, it may have been placed there as an Imagineering "in" joke. The National Park Service does not list Amadillos as native to the Grand Canyon.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    I loved the diorama and railroad, but I wish they update the T-Rex. It annoys me that it dragging it's tail and upright. Of course, 50 year from now we may learn all dinos had feathers and were just birds on steriods.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    I found out that the dinos & lava are on a timer when our train was stopped in the tunnel for a long time, prob an optical sensor as the train passes it turns on the sys to save wear and tear.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by ozmacity View Post
    Seriously. And while I'm thinking about it...I'm not sure how many of you have been to WDW and rode their train, but Disneyland has WDW so beat. With our diorama scenes and ride through Splash Mountain that I love so much.

    I am a grown man, and believe me, I will literally cry the day they decide to change it, bring in new animals/scenes/dinosaurs, or remove it completely.
    DL has WDW beat on many more levels as well Let's hope they never touch the diorama (knock on wood).

    Quote Originally Posted by NemoVir View Post
    I loved the diorama and railroad, but I wish they update the T-Rex. It annoys me that it dragging it's tail and upright. Of course, 50 year from now we may learn all dinos had feathers and were just birds on steriods.
    That's part of it's nostalgia!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrwagnal9 View Post
    I found out that the dinos & lava are on a timer when our train was stopped in the tunnel for a long time, prob an optical sensor as the train passes it turns on the sys to save wear and tear.
    Interesting!

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    Good question.

    From what I've been told, it's basically invisible to guests seated on the train. One must be standing in order to see it.

    If that is indeed the case, it may have been placed there as an Imagineering "in" joke. The National Park Service does not list Amadillos as native to the Grand Canyon.

    I can see it, and I never stand. It's easier if you are on the Excursion train rather than one of the Holiday trains.


    By the way, the pterodactyl next to the glass was missing today.


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