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Fan-Favorite Quietly Disappears from Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World Resort has been filled with change lately, and not just in the minds of Disney fans who feel that the Disney magic has been lost due to rising prices, much-maligned leadership in the form of Disney CEO Bob Chapek, dissatisfied Cast Members, and bad Guest behavior within the Disney Parks.

There have also been a lot of changes when it comes to attractions, Disney Resort amenities, and Disney restaurants. Some changes have simply involved renovations, while others have been far more public and permanent closures (such as the upcoming closure of Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom).

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Photo Credit: Becky Burkett

Now, another Disney location has closed its doors in a seemingly permanent fashion — but this closure was so quiet that many Animal Kingdom enthusiasts won’t notice their favorite Dinoland U.S.A eatery is missing!

That’s right: Dino Diner seems to be no more. The small quick-service dining establishment was meant to enhance the midway and carnival feel of the Dinoland U.S.A. portion of the Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World Resort, and it certainly did seem to achieve that.

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Offerings like classic carnival cuisine (i.e. hot dogs, beer, glazed nuts, and other cold drinks like Frozen Bacardi) kept Dinoland U.S.A and Animal Kingdom visitors feeling salty and satisfied — particularly on more sweaty and tiring Disney World vacation days!

Disney fans had already noticed that the Dinoland U.S.A staple had started to fade into the background (literally, as it was covered by shrubbery) earlier in 2022. Now, the entire Dino Diner portion of the Walt Disney World Resort website has vanished!

See for yourself here!

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Photo Credit: Becky Burkett

Were you a fan of this refreshing and comforting quick-service stop in the land of the dinosaurs, or will you easily content yourself with other fare in the Animal Kingdom (or further afield in Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and the Magic Kingdom theme park)?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!