The Animal Kingdom "Dinosaurs" ride - formerly known as "Countdown to Extinction" disappointed some at its opening, but few know how much better it could have been.
Some renderings are particularly interesting as they are showing scenes that were NOT realised. Like this one below that shows a gorgeous scene that we can regret, and i have a story about it: In 1997 or so i was at WDI for a series of interviews, and in the office of a an imagineer friend i saw this painting. I asked him if it was in relation with Animal Kingdom - not open yet at that time. He answered me that it was indeed for the "Countdown to extinction" attraction and that "we would be lucky if it looks like that at the end...". He was unfortunately right, and this leads me to the biggest problem with "Countdown to extinction" - now "Dinosaur": the cuts in the budget. Personally, i still like the attraction, and i quite liked it the first time i've ride it, but when you see this kind of concept and know how great it could have been, you really not in the mood to thanks the suits who were Disney executives at that time. One more Michael Eisner "mistake" - and i'm kind - that we still regret today.
More renderings of this "Dinosaurs attraction that never was" here, in the middle of the article:
Disney and more: Disney's Animal Kingdom Original Artwork - Part Two