There have been some strange refurbishments happening in Walt Disney World recently, and one of them is Primeval Whirl in Disney’s Animal Kingdom which was closed for refurbishment, and is now officially only a seasonal attraction.
In this post we’re going to talk about the Primeval Whirl refurbishment, if it’s open and what it’s schedule will be like moving forward now that it’s only in season operation in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
(UPDATED 11/20/19) – Since Primeval Whirl has gone into seasonal operation we have some more info for you on the dates it will be open during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
A quick look on the Disney World website shows that Primeval Whirl is scheduled to reopening for seasonal operation starting November 24.
Looking further at the Disney World schedule for Primeval Whirl, we can see that it will be open from:
- November 24 – December 1, 2019 and
- December 22, 2019 – January 4, 2020.
It will not be operational during morning Extra Magic Hours however.
So in that space between December 2 and 21, will be the only time during the holiday season it won’t be operational
We knew it would have to reopen again during the Christmas holiday period due to huge crowds, and as long as there are no hitches in operations during the Thanksgiving period, that will be the case.
Why is Primeval Whirl Closed/Seasonal?
Disney hasn’t given any official statement regarding why Primeval Whirl originally closed back on June 17, but it went down without notice and suddenly was under “refurbishment.” The reopening of the Dinoland USA attraction kept getting pushed back further and further and was then supposed to open September 29.
Only thing is that wasn’t the case, and it never really returned into action fully. Cast members have periodically been testing the attraction, and it has been open to guests on a very limited basis since closure. In fact, it’s been more cast members testing it out than anyone else.
We recently were able to stop by Primeval Whirl and had a chance to talk to cast members there who gave us some more information on the closure.
We do know that one side of the attraction has been fixed, but the second side hasn’t yet, and it’s going to take a bit to finish fixing it and then get the cast members up to speed.
Primeval Whirl is Now Seasonal
According to cast members we talked to, Primeval Whirl has been officially moved into the “seasonal attraction” category. What exactly does that mean? In official terms it means that it will only be running during the most busy times of the year (aka: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides that, a seasonal attraction doesn’t run much.
A quick visit to the Disney World website will show you that they have labeled it as “Temporarily Closed,” aka, seasonal.
When you do a FastPass+ search throughout October and beyond, most of the dates tell you that FastPass+ reservations are not available and has the “Temporarily Closed” label there too.
However, looking out to November, there is availability from Nov 24 till Nov 30. That would seem to indicate Primeval Whirl will be operational during those dates. We also now know that it will be open from December 22 till January 4, 2020.
Is Primeval Whirl Ever Coming Back?
Obviously the plan is to open it for the holiday rush and potentially other supper busy times of the year in Walt Disney World. However, even during that time, I wouldn’t expect it to be open many hours, and possibly even every day with breakdowns likely. They’ll probably just run it when they are almost at max capacity for the park and that’s it.
The real question is whether or not Primeval Whirl is actually closing for good. In reality all this news probably means that Primeval Whirl’s days are numbered. Not many attractions in Disney park history have come back from seasonal status to be full season attractions, or at least not for very long, so it doesn’t look good for this one either.
Many have speculated the future of the Dinoland USA and potentially getting a re-theme, leaving Primeval Whirl on the chopping block. It is one of the worst-rated attractions on property and I don’t think many would shed a tear for it if it did go away.
We obviously don’t have any insider info on that, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it does go away for good at some point in the next couple of years.
This last minute refurbishment isn’t the only one recently as Astro Orbiter in Disney’s Magic Kingdom also closed suddenly for an extended refurb through at least mid-September.
Again Disney hasn’t officially announced the future plans for Primeval Whirl yet, but we think that if you are hoping to ride it often, you should temper expectations.
As of Mid-November, no. Primeval Whirl went down in mid-June and hasn’t been regularly open since. It has now been moved into “Seasonal Attraction” status. It will be reopening November 24, 2019 for about a week, then again in December just before Christmas until January 4, 2020.
Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney for the latest updates on Primeval Whirl, we’ll let you know any updates that come along!
I want to know what you think about the Primeval Whirl closure and seasonal status change…
- Are you upset it’s currently down?
- Would you like to see it close permanently and be replaced by a new ride?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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