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A New Security Feature Was Just Added to One of Disney’s Most Thrilling Attractions

The Walt Disney World Resort is home to some of the most thrilling and immersive attractions of any theme park, and some of our favorites can be found right in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From the drops and run-ins with the Yeti on Expedition Everest to quick getaways from a Carnotaurus on DINOSAUR, this Disney Park is packed with thrills alongside animal experiences like Kilimanjaro Safaris, animal walking trails, and more.

If you have visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently, you may have begun to notice some changes around the Park, particularly in DinoLand U.S.A. This themed land has been causing quite the buzz among Disney fans lately, and especially since it was brought up during a discussion of Blue Sky ideas at the 2022 D23 Expo.

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With the closure and complete removal of Primeval Whirl, and more recently the removal of the Dino Diner, this land has been going through several changes recently, and it seems the latest change has arrived at DINOSAUR. This opening day attraction (then called Countdown to Extinction) was recently updated with a new security system.

Every ride vehicle at DINOSAUR was recently outfitted with a LiDAR safety rig, that likely includes a detection system to alert Cast Members when a Guest stands up on the attraction could even feature additional security cameras. @ParkTwister shared a look at the new system on Twitter:

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As a relatively high-speed but very bumpy and dark ride experience, DINOSAUR’s ride vehicles do come equipped with individual seatbelts for each Guest. The seatbelts do keep Guests safe during the attraction, at least as far as the ride’s movement would impact a Guest who is not trying to stand up, but Guests on all kinds of rides have often found ways to get out of restraints.

Since this poses a serious safety issue, Disney’s attractions typically include sensors in areas that ride vehicles pass through that would notify Cast Members if something is too far outside of an attraction (like a selfie-stick, which is prohibited from the Parks to begin with) or if a Guest does make their way off the ride vehicle.

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When a Cast Member notices a Guest either standing or all the way off a ride, they will stop the attraction for the Guests’ safety. What is interesting in the case of the new security rig at DINOSAUR is that the Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland (which uses the same ride vehicles on a similar track) has remained unchanged.

Security rig or not, it is always important to keep your hands, arms, feet and legs inside any ride vehicle, and to follow Cast Member instructions at Walt Disney World.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."