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Complete Guide to TriceraTop Spin at Animal Kingdom

Complete Guide to TriceraTop Spin at Animal Kingdom

Take a spin on TriceraTop Spin, a prehistoric blast from the past!

You’ll bob up and down, forward and back around a twirling tin toy top at this nostalgic carnival-inspired attraction.

This ride is “dino-mite” with the little ones so keep reading for our complete guide to TriceraTop Spin.

TriceraTop Spin Quick Facts

  • Location: DinoLand, U.S.A., Animal Kingdom
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Young kids
  • Attraction length: About 2 minutes
  • Do we recommend? No, unless you’re just trying to kill time with little ones
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Eligible for Extended Evening Hours: Yes, when available
  • Scheduled Refurbishments
  • Tip(s): It is easy to take multiple rides on here without much of a wait, especially early in the morning.
  • Description: Dumbo but with dinosaurs.

Location

TriceraTop Spin is in the Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama section of DinoLand, U.S.A., near Fossil Fun Games and Donald’s Dino Bash. Below is the location on the map.

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How to Ride TriceraTop Spin

TriceraTop Spin has a Standby Line. There is no Single Rider Line.

Do I need to use Genie+ at TriceraTop Spin?

Genie+ is not available at TriceraTop Spin. The service isn’t needed here, as there is rarely much of a wait at this attraction.

Rider Switch/Child Swap

Since there is no height requirement at TriceraTop Spin, Rider Switch is not offered at this attraction.

Rider Switch allows guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.

You can learn more about Rider Switch via our handy guide.

What to Expect when you Ride

Queue

This ride features an outdoor queue, but it is covered.

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Wind your way back and forth through the queue, styled like a typical carnival ride, before boarding your
Triceratops vehicle!

Ride Vehicles

When you take a whirl on TriceraTop Spin, you’ll climb aboard a colorful Triceratops dinosaur. Each dino has two rows that can fit up to two or three guests, depending.

TriceraTop Spin

In the back row, there is a joystick to control the height of the vehicle. Those in the front have the control to tilt the dinosaur car slightly forward and backward. Use your safety belt to buckle up!

Accessibility Information

Guests in ECVs must transfer to a wheelchair to ride TriceraTop Spin. There is an accessible ride car for wheelchairs.

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Motion Sickness

At TriceraTop Spin you are spinning around in a circle and this may cause some people to feel ill or dizzy.

If you experience motion sickness in general, check out our handy guide on motion sickness for any Disney World attraction.

On the Ride

If you want to keep your journey on TriceraTop Spin a surprise, you’ll want to skip over this part!

triceratop spin in animal kingdom

TriceraTop Spin is an aerial carousel-type attraction, similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Magic Kingdom.

Guests in the back row get to control how high or low the vehicle goes. Those in the front can tilt the dinosaur car gently forward and backward.

Is TriceraTop Spin Kid-Friendly?

This ride is definitely one for the kiddos and is often a good place to kill time between Genie+ reservations since there is rarely much of a wait.

Strollers

Strollers are not allowed in most queues at Disney World, including TriceraTop Spin. Instead, you’ll need to leave your stroller in the designated stroller parking area outside of the ride.

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History

TriceraTop Spin opened at the Animal Kingdom on November 18, 2001. It was the first attraction in Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama in Dinoland, U.S.A.

It hasn’t undergone any extensive renovations since it debuted.

Other Fun Details

  • TriceraTop Spin is a pun, referring both to the Triceratops dinosaur and to a spinning top.
  • The Triceratops vehicles are designed to resemble tin tops.
  • TriceraTop Spin was the fourth Walt Disney World attraction to feature vehicles flying around a central structure. The three others, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Astro Orbiter, and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, all located in Magic Kingdom.
  • Watch closely because the spinning top at the center of the ride contains a surprise. A little dinosaur pops his head out of the center from time to time!

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