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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.
The centerpiece of The Boneyard is a multi-level maze with numerous slides emerging from it. There are wide stairs so that parents can make it up with relative ease to retrieve a child - or try the slides, although they are most definitely kid-sized. A fossil-hunter's jeep is parked towards the right of the entrance. Like the ant at the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground at Hollywood Studios, this is a favorite photo spot, so your family may have to wait for a free moment. The back wall of the main area is filled with tunnels and passageways to explore, while up above is the camp office. From the first level of the maze, take the elevated walkway over the Dinoland, U.S.A. entrance path to the dig area, a shaded and fan-cooled sandbox complete with hybrid fossils to uncover.
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