The Story of Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you have ever wondered why there is a large, green dinosaur at the edge of Echo Lake at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we have the inside scoop.

The dinosaur's name is Gertie and while it's a great place to find soft serve ice cream and other snacks at the park, there's also historical significance attached to Gertie.

If you happen to visit on a day when Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction is open (it can be hit-or-miss), you'll find a full snack menu featuring soft serve ice cream in waffle cones or regular cones, Mickey ice cream bars, and some other items including pita chips and trail mix.

The menu for Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of ExtinctionThe menu for Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction

And while a soft serve waffle cone is a great treat on a hot Florida afternoon, don't be too quick to walk away from Gertie's once you receive your food.

You'll want to stick around and read up on the history of Disney's Hollywood Studios' very own dinosaur.

Gertie isn't a Disney creation and she hasn't starred in any film with Mickey Mouse but she has left an impression in the history of animation.

According to the "historical marker" at Gertie's, "Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction was built as a tribute to 'Gertie the Dinosaur,' one of the first well-known animated cartoon stars.

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Gertie the Dinosaur was created by Winsor McCay, a New York Times cartoonist who is considered to be an early animation pioneer.

In 1914, the Gertie the Dinosaur film was part of McCay's vaudeville act as an interactive routine in which he appeared to give orders to Gertie, a trained dinosaur.

Gertie wasn't the first cartoon ever, but it was the first film to use certain animation techniques includes keyframes, tracing paper, and animation loops. McCay is known as an influencer of animators including Walt Disney and others.

Dinosaur Gertie on the shores of Echo LakeDinosaur Gertie on the shores of Echo Lake

The design of Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney's Hollywood Studios is known as "California Crazy." This architectural concept became popular in the 1930s and is meant to draw attention to the building.

So the next time you find yourself craving an ice cream cone at Disney's Hollywood Studios, stop by Gertie's and sit in the shadow of animation history.

Do you make a stop at Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction when you're at the Studios? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Mike wrote on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:18:

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When at the Studios I always stop and get a chocolate waffle cone then take it and my Kindle and sit in the shade for a few and get recharged for my next adventure!

Ed Adams wrote on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:16:

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I was at WDW in February. I didn't visit Gertie! I've visited 16 times and I always pass up poor Gertie. Don't know why. Too many options at the parks. Next time for sure. Thanks for the history lesson.

AnnieJ wrote on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:15:

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This is my favorite ice cream stand but unfortunately the last three times we have been it wasn't open.

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:57:

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Mike - that sounds like a fantastic way to pass some time at the studios. :-)

AnnieJ - Sadly I'm in the same boat as you, Gertie never seems to be open when I stroll by.

alicemouse wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:09:

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I, too, have always missed Gertie, though not for lack of trying. I've been sending my dad daily Disney emails to prep him for our trip and last night's was about ABC Commissary, where we'll be having lunch at DHS, and Gertie the Dinosaur, where we'll hopefully be stopping for ice cream shortly thereafter. Dad loves ice cream :)

TL wrote on Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:52:

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In all the many times I've been to HS and previous MGM, I have never found Gertie open. Does anyone know the best times/dates to find her open??

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