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The Boneyard


The Boneyard is an excavation-themed play area for kids. The usual slides, tunnels, and fixed props (in this case, a Jeep) are augmented by a dig area where young paleontologists can uncover a strange hybrid dinosaur fossil.

The Boneyard fits into the Dinoland, U.S.A. backstory as the site where paleontology is alive and well. This is what started it all - the fossil finds here inspired the creation of the Dino Institute, and subsequently the development of Dino-Rama by the owners of the local gas station, Chester & Hester.


The Boneyard was one of the original Animal Kingdom attractions, opening along with the entire park on April 22, 1998.


Like the playgrounds in the other WDW theme parks, this attraction is a child magnet. The theming is fantastic, the slides are reasonably fast, and the dig area is an extra bonus that really is a lot of fun. There are plenty of things to do, and lots of room to do it in. As playgrounds at WDW go, this is the best, narrowly edging out the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids area at Hollywood Studios.


Touring Tips

  • If you are at the Boneyard during the hot part of the day, nudge your kids over towards the dig area, which is shaded and has more fans than the slide area.
  • If you feel like the playground is a waste of time and money, but your kids really want to play, try a compromise. Set aside a specific amount of time (at least 15 minutes; 30 minutes should be plenty), either during the crowded part of the day or after experiencing the other park attractions. The Boneyard is usually open (and not crowded at all) during evening Extra Magic Hours.

Hidden Treasures

  • Walk in the footsteps of a dinosaur in the main area of the playground, and hear the beast roar.
  • Play a tune on dinosaur ribs over by the tunnels on the right.
  • When in the dig area, take a good look at the fossils you uncover. That is one strange creature: a cross between a triceratops, a tyrannosaurus rex, and a wooly mammoth!
  • Keep an eye out for the bulletin boards throughout the playground. They provide information on what we know about dinosaurs from studying their fossils. If you can't get your kids to read them, memorize the information and spring it on them during lunch.


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