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Primeval Whirl

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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This was the first roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando. Primeval Whirl consisted of two separate roller coasters that mirror each other. Each one was a first-of-its-kind park model Reverchon Wild Mouse coaster with "spinning" cars. Individual four passenger cars were designed to spin, uncontrolled throughout a portion of the layout adding thrills to the sharp switchback turns and sudden drops. The layouts were identical to Reverchon's portable model, but with overbuilt support structure to account for increased hours of service and a back-of-house transfer track for maintenance and storage of the ride's vehicles.

Unfortunately, Disney decided to retire this attraction as part of several cost-cutting efforts due to the 2020 Coronavirus closure.

A separate interesting note this was the last ride built and delivered by Reverchon. Unfortunately, the manuafcturer severely underestimated the cost to build these mirror roller coasters to Disney standards and lost a significant amount of money which forced them out of business.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
2002 Steel Dual Wild Mouse Reverchon
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • G-force
  • Ride Time
    1 minute, 30 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    13 - 4 passenger

Primeval Whirl Facts & History

This listing is for two separate roller coasters that mirror each other. Stats listed are for each roller coaster.

Features: 13 - 4 passenger free spinning cars.

March 15, 2020 – Final day of operation

March 16, 2020 - September 19, 2021 – ? – Standing-But-Not-Operating (SBNO)

September 20, 2021 – Demolition begins

Opening date: March 31, 2002

Individual car has one row each, seating four abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

Where to Coast

Visit Disney's Animal Kingdom to ride this roller coaster.

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