Jonathan loves his dinosaurs (and so do I)! Naturally then, we have spent a solid chunk of time at Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during our trips, specifically in Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama! The area, themed like a carnival plopped right on top of a parking lot, is home to two rides, midway games, a snack truck, and a souvenir store. In this three part series, I take a look at some of the detail of the area, with a focus on Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures store — highly themed to be an over-the-top roadside souvenir store from back in the day with plenty of junk and jokes.
Part 1 is a photo overview of the Dino-Rama area and exterior photos of Dinosaur Treasures. Enjoy!
Some back story first. Chester & Hester developed Dino-Rama to take advantage of the influx of tourists in Diggs County due to the opening of the Dinosaur Institute in the 1970’s. Previously they had only owned a small gas station, but now they saw an opportunity to profit. Along with Dino-Rama, they also expanded their gas station into a tacky souvenir shop, luring tourists in with apocalyptic slogans like the “going out of existence sale” and the “dinosaurs say ‘good buy’.” If those signs don’t lure you in, the giant green dinosaur will! The park is littered with six midway games stations, a roller coaster (Primeval Whirl), and a set of flying dinosaurs (Triceratops Spin). The area really makes you feel like you are on a road trip out west during the 1970’s at a cheap tourist trap!