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Dinosaur? yay or nay?

It sounds like fun but the idea of a ride vehicle that is like a 'bucking bronco' gives me second thoughts. I have had bouts of bursitis and a couple instances of sciatica and I would not want a Disney attraction to put me in a wheelchair for the remainder of my vacation. Comments?

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It can be a very bumpy ride. If you feel there is a chance it could ruin your trip then it is not worth it. We've enjoyed it but have no physical challenges. It's not a must do for us but we have friends that will ride it multi times.

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I have RA and I also suffer from a pinched nerve in my shoulder at times. We rode it when we were there. It was bumpy, but I can't say it bothered me too much because it's not really fast. For comparison, I had much more trouble on the Indiana Jones ride at DL and I had more trouble this trip on rocknroller coaster and big thunder mountain.
Just my experience - It might be different if you have back/hip issues.

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sadly, this one had to be shelved also for motion sickness. I agree, I do not want a ride ruining a minute of a trip. There is so much more stuff to do instead. But I always stand there and reconsider each trip.....than walk on.

I might start doing the preride cue stuff on some of these for fun just to see the Imagineer's handiwork, then taking the chicken exit if need be. NO SHAME in that. biggrin

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Dino is one of my "skip it" rides, and there are not too many of those but my age and quad bypass keep telling me to skip it and move on.

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Nay...too jerky for me. The boys didn't even like it.

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I love dinosaur. If you are concerned about issues after, I suggest that you skip. It does get bumpy.

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CdnSquirrel wrote:
It sounds like fun but the idea of a ride vehicle that is like a 'bucking bronco' gives me second thoughts. I have had bouts of bursitis and a couple instances of sciatica and I would not want a Disney attraction to put me in a wheelchair for the remainder of my vacation. Comments?

I have Fibromyalgia, which causes me nerve and spine issues and I have a difficult time with this ride. It is intensely bumpy and riders are jostled around quite a bit. I don't care for the storyline of Dinosaur, so I usually skip it.

That being said - the ride vehicle and track are the same as Indiana Jones in Disneyland, which is my favorite ride of all. So! If you really really really want to go on this ride I have some great advice for surviving it.

First, sit in one of the inside seats with a family member on each side if possible. The reason that you want to do that is because the way to survive this ride without becoming injured is to let your body relax, and you need to sit next to someone that you trust not to let you fall out. You wouldn't really fall out, there are seatbelts, but it can feel like it. If you tense up against the bumps and turns your muscles will pull and strain which can cause nerve issues. If you let yourself be all loose like a noodle and the motion flow through you instead of bracing against it, you have a better chance of walking away without problems.

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WOW..this I did not know! I had it on our Fast Pass+ because we didn't get to ride it last year due to issues with my MS after we rode Expedition Everest. I will be taking this one off the list right now.

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For me, Dinosaur is fun but not a must do. If you're worried about it affecting the rest of your trip, I would skip it.

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I saw it in a wdw promotional DVD I borrowed from the library and it really moves up and down!

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It's definitely very bumpy & jerky. I like it but don't have a problem skipping it & ride it once a trip at most. If you think it might cause you problems that would result in you not enjoying as much as you would like than I'd skip it.

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My husband who doesn't do well on rides loves it... And I do great with all rides and don't really like it... But I don't like it because it's kinda scary... I don't like hearing crunching bones behind me in the dark... It skeeves me out... But my husband loves the thrill of it and would ride it all day long... It is intensely bumpy though...

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nay..nay nay nay! Haha besides all the health issues with this ride its absolutly terrifying!! Haha.. Not that I'm a scaredy cat r anything...with the dark.. and dinos..noooo ;P

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I have to agree with those that have said nay to this ride, when we rode it before it was quite rough and the motion was extreme as in a jerking almost. We have avoided it ever since.

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Kristen K. wrote:
CdnSquirrel wrote:
It sounds like fun but the idea of a ride vehicle that is like a 'bucking bronco' gives me second thoughts. I have had bouts of bursitis and a couple instances of sciatica and I would not want a Disney attraction to put me in a wheelchair for the remainder of my vacation. Comments?

I have Fibromyalgia, which causes me nerve and spine issues and I have a difficult time with this ride. It is intensely bumpy and riders are jostled around quite a bit. I don't care for the storyline of Dinosaur, so I usually skip it.

That being said - the ride vehicle and track are the same as Indiana Jones in Disneyland, which is my favorite ride of all. So! If you really really really want to go on this ride I have some great advice for surviving it.

First, sit in one of the inside seats with a family member on each side if possible. The reason that you want to do that is because the way to survive this ride without becoming injured is to let your body relax, and you need to sit next to someone that you trust not to let you fall out. You wouldn't really fall out, there are seatbelts, but it can feel like it. If you tense up against the bumps and turns your muscles will pull and strain which can cause nerve issues. If you let yourself be all loose like a noodle and the motion flow through you instead of bracing against it, you have a better chance of walking away without problems.

Also a reason to be in the middle is because its the least bumpiest on the ride because your in the middle. On the sides your getting bucked all around, but in the middle its a bit tamer. Don't get me wrong... still bumpy... but its the best spot to be.

For me... we always ride this once. My son loves it. For me idc... but we always ride it once. We always try to ride everything once. Except for Peter Pan. Not worth the wait. LOL

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This is not a "must do" for me. I can skip it in a heart beat. In my opinion its not worth the risk.

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Dinosaur is one of those rides that can seem a little unpredictable -- if you have any reason to even think about avoiding it for medical reasons, I would go with my instinct and skip it.

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Ryry991 wrote:
nay..nay nay nay! Haha besides all the health issues with this ride its absolutly terrifying!! Haha.. Not that I'm a scaredy cat r anything...with the dark.. and dinos..noooo ;P

How dark are we talking? Like Stitch's great escape dark? Because I'm the world's biggest chicken...and I'm really ok with it Smile

Not trying to hijack the post here, but I have similar questions. We've been contemplating trying both Dinosaur and Expedition Everest on this trip because we currently don't "do" much at Animal Kingdom and we are trying to develop more appreciation for it, but I am very nervous about new "thrill" rides. Based on the following criteria, can anyone give me some guidance on these two attractions? I tried to watch ride throughs on YouTube, but you can't get a feeling for the motion

*I love to spin and go fast and general bumpy motion is totally fine, but I don't like large drops of the sensation of free falling at all.
*I'm massively claustrophobic and I can't tolerate an overhead harness restraint system. I'm also terrified of snakes--real or animatronic
*Here's my take on other rides that I've tried if that gives a better frame of reference for my ride tolerance. Love: Tea Cups, Star Tours, BTMR, Barnstormer. Hate: Stitch's Great Escape, Mission Space. Will ride but not crazy about: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth. Won't try bc there is a 100% chance I'll have a panic attack: ToT, Rock-n-Roller Coaster

Thanks for your help!

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Not trying to hijack the post here, but I have similar questions. We've been contemplating trying both Dinosaur and Expedition Everest on this trip because we currently don't "do" much at Animal Kingdom and we are trying to develop more appreciation for it, but I am very nervous about new "thrill" rides. Based on the following criteria, can anyone give me some guidance on these two attractions? I tried to watch ride throughs on YouTube, but you can't get a feeling for the motion

*I love to spin and go fast and general bumpy motion is totally fine, but I don't like large drops of the sensation of free falling at all.
*I'm massively claustrophobic and I can't tolerate an overhead harness restraint system. I'm also terrified of snakes--real or animatronic
*Here's my take on other rides that I've tried if that gives a better frame of reference for my ride tolerance. Love: Tea Cups, Star Tours, BTMR, Barnstormer. Hate: Stitch's Great Escape, Mission Space. Will ride but not crazy about: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth. Won't try bc there is a 100% chance I'll have a panic attack: ToT, Rock-n-Roller Coaster

Thanks for your help!

My husband and I LOVE Expedition Everest but we also LOVE Tower of Terror(it is our #1 must do!) If you can't do ToT or Rock-n-Roller coaster because of panic attacks and you don't like Space mountain, then you probably shouldn't do Expedition Everest. At one point you go backwards very fast down the track, and it definitely feels like free falling backwards down a roller coaster. Also, you are in the dark for a lot of the drops. Based on what you've said, I would avoid it if I were you.
You may actually like, or at least not hate, Dinosaur based on what you've said. It is just on a track with no dips or drops. It is extremely bumpy. There are no snakes but there are large replicas of Dinosaurs, and it is a dark ride, but not pitch dark.
Just an FYI, I don't know if you've ever ridden The Great Movie Ride at HS but you definitely shouldn't if you are that terrified of snakes. My mother is deathly afraid of snakes as well and we had to avoid that ride.

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Ryry991 wrote:
nay..nay nay nay! Haha besides all the health issues with this ride its absolutly terrifying!! Haha.. Not that I'm a scaredy cat r anything...with the dark.. and dinos..noooo ;P

How dark are we talking? Like Stitch's great escape dark? Because I'm the world's biggest chicken...and I'm really ok with it Smile

Not trying to hijack the post here, but I have similar questions. We've been contemplating trying both Dinosaur and Expedition Everest on this trip because we currently don't "do" much at Animal Kingdom and we are trying to develop more appreciation for it, but I am very nervous about new "thrill" rides. Based on the following criteria, can anyone give me some guidance on these two attractions? I tried to watch ride throughs on YouTube, but you can't get a feeling for the motion

*I love to spin and go fast and general bumpy motion is totally fine, but I don't like large drops of the sensation of free falling at all.
*I'm massively claustrophobic and I can't tolerate an overhead harness restraint system. I'm also terrified of snakes--real or animatronic
*Here's my take on other rides that I've tried if that gives a better frame of reference for my ride tolerance. Love: Tea Cups, Star Tours, BTMR, Barnstormer. Hate: Stitch's Great Escape, Mission Space. Will ride but not crazy about: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth. Won't try bc there is a 100% chance I'll have a panic attack: ToT, Rock-n-Roller Coaster

Thanks for your help!

If you get panic attacks on ToT or Coaster then you should probably avoid Expedition Everest. You may like Dinosaur but at one point in the ride you can't see anything around and you get disorientated. There are very large Dinos in this ride.

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Yay here for Dino too. Scrappy loves it, but it is a very bumpy ride.

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Not trying to hijack the post here, but I have similar questions. We've been contemplating trying both Dinosaur and Expedition Everest on this trip because we currently don't "do" much at Animal Kingdom and we are trying to develop more appreciation for it, but I am very nervous about new "thrill" rides. Based on the following criteria, can anyone give me some guidance on these two attractions? I tried to watch ride throughs on YouTube, but you can't get a feeling for the motion

*I love to spin and go fast and general bumpy motion is totally fine, but I don't like large drops of the sensation of free falling at all.
*I'm massively claustrophobic and I can't tolerate an overhead harness restraint system. I'm also terrified of snakes--real or animatronic
*Here's my take on other rides that I've tried if that gives a better frame of reference for my ride tolerance. Love: Tea Cups, Star Tours, BTMR, Barnstormer. Hate: Stitch's Great Escape, Mission Space. Will ride but not crazy about: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth. Won't try bc there is a 100% chance I'll have a panic attack: ToT, Rock-n-Roller Coaster

Thanks for your help!

My husband and I LOVE Expedition Everest but we also LOVE Tower of Terror(it is our #1 must do!) If you can't do ToT or Rock-n-Roller coaster because of panic attacks and you don't like Space mountain, then you probably shouldn't do Expedition Everest. At one point you go backwards very fast down the track, and it definitely feels like free falling backwards down a roller coaster. Also, you are in the dark for a lot of the drops. Based on what you've said, I would avoid it if I were you.
You may actually like, or at least not hate, Dinosaur based on what you've said. It is just on a track with no dips or drops. It is extremely bumpy. There are no snakes but there are large replicas of Dinosaurs, and it is a dark ride, but not pitch dark.
Just an FYI, I don't know if you've ever ridden The Great Movie Ride at HS but you definitely shouldn't if you are that terrified of snakes. My mother is deathly afraid of snakes as well and we had to avoid that ride.

Thanks, Annie. I can do GMR, Jungle Cruise, and Fantasmic!, but I can't watch certain parts. I just close my eyes tight and sing it's a small world in my head Smile

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If you get panic attacks on ToT or Coaster then you should probably avoid Expedition Everest. You may like Dinosaur but at one point in the ride you can't see anything around and you get disorientated. There are very large Dinos in this ride.

Thanks, Mandy. I got us FastPasses for Dinosaur, so we'll see how that goes. I'm cool with the dinos an I do a little better on "thrill" rides when I know what's coming, so thanks for the details.

I haven't actually ridden either, but my issue on ToT is the straight down drop and the uncertainty about when the drops will happen and my issue on RnR is the restraint system--can't do the chest harness style restraint. Otherwise, I would try RnR. What is the restraint system on Everest? I'd definitely be better at falling backward than straight down or forward. It there anything in Everest that (in your opinion) is more intense speed-wise or drop-wise than BTMR, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, or Test Track?

Thanks for your help Smile

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Expedition Everest looks to be too much for me! I'm wondering about the Stitch ride; is it jerky?

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Expedition Everest looks to be too much for me! I'm wondering about the Stitch ride; is it jerky?

Stitch starts out super cheesy, which only makes me feel like more of a sissy for freaking out. The attraction doesn't move, but it's DARK for what seems like an hour (it's probably about two minutes, but I had to grab my husband's hand to have an anchor. There are no safety lights or anything) and they lower an overhead quasi-restraint over you that has some interactive elements. Those two things together trigger anxiety for me--which makes sense because it's supposed to be psychologically thrilling, not physically thrilling. I love Stitch, so I just hopped on without having any idea what I was getting myself into and I won't go again! Give me It's a Small World any day!

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alicemouse wrote:
Ryry991 wrote:
nay..nay nay nay! Haha besides all the health issues with this ride its absolutly terrifying!! Haha.. Not that I'm a scaredy cat r anything...with the dark.. and dinos..noooo ;P

How dark are we talking? Like Stitch's great escape dark? Because I'm the world's biggest chicken...and I'm really ok with it Smile

Not trying to hijack the post here, but I have similar questions. We've been contemplating trying both Dinosaur and Expedition Everest on this trip because we currently don't "do" much at Animal Kingdom and we are trying to develop more appreciation for it, but I am very nervous about new "thrill" rides. Based on the following criteria, can anyone give me some guidance on these two attractions? I tried to watch ride throughs on YouTube, but you can't get a feeling for the motion

*I love to spin and go fast and general bumpy motion is totally fine, but I don't like large drops of the sensation of free falling at all.
*I'm massively claustrophobic and I can't tolerate an overhead harness restraint system. I'm also terrified of snakes--real or animatronic
*Here's my take on other rides that I've tried if that gives a better frame of reference for my ride tolerance. Love: Tea Cups, Star Tours, BTMR, Barnstormer. Hate: Stitch's Great Escape, Mission Space. Will ride but not crazy about: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Spaceship Earth. Won't try bc there is a 100% chance I'll have a panic attack: ToT, Rock-n-Roller Coaster

Thanks for your help!

I am also claustrophobic, scared of the dark and dislike rides that drop!
I hate TOT. I have been on it 13 times. I hated it the first time, so how I got persuaded by family and friends to ride it another dozen times I will never know! Not keen on the drop in Splash Mountain either.
I also get nervous with thrill rides that I haven't ridden before. I don't like not knowing what is going to happen. So, with this in mind I had decided to swerve Everest, until my sister said it was very pretty and she thought I would be OK. I went on it and really enjoyed it. We ride Everest every time we go to AK now. So based on the rides you like/dislike which are similar to mine, I think you would be OK with Everest. Amazingly, I really like the the Rock-n-Roller coaster, it is fast and wild, but really fun and over quickly, so if you think you can try the harness restraints anytime in the future, this is a good ride to try. (I understand about the harness restraints, I had a panic attack in Stitch, when it used to be the alien ride - like a really bad panic attack, where I had to get removed by CM through the emergency exit!!!) I haven't dared try Mission Space yet.

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I am also claustrophobic, scared of the dark and dislike rides that drop!
I hate TOT. I have been on it 13 times. I hated it the first time, so how I got persuaded by family and friends to ride it another dozen times I will never know! Not keen on the drop in Splash Mountain either.
I also get nervous with thrill rides that I haven't ridden before. I don't like not knowing what is going to happen. So, with this in mind I had decided to swerve Everest, until my sister said it was very pretty and she thought I would be OK. I went on it and really enjoyed it. We ride Everest every time we go to AK now. So based on the rides you like/dislike which are similar to mine, I think you would be OK with Everest. Amazingly, I really like the the Rock-n-Roller coaster, it is fast and wild, but really fun and over quickly, so if you think you can try the harness restraints anytime in the future, this is a good ride to try. (I understand about the harness restraints, I had a panic attack in Stitch, when it used to be the alien ride - like a really bad panic attack, where I had to get removed by CM through the emergency exit!!!) I haven't dared try Mission Space yet.

Hi Miss Mikki--thanks. I feel slightly less nuts every time I meet someone else who "gets" why this is such a big issue for me, although I'm sorry that you are stuck with similar circumstances. I can't believe you did ToT 13 times!! Kudos! I went with friends last summer and sent them over to "that" end of the park while I went to Star Tours and One Man's Dream--much more my speed!! I would LOVE to do RnR because I've seen the track and I'm confident that I could handle the actual ride. Think they'd make me a special car with a lap bar if I promised to hold on really, really tight?

The only way I can get through the end of Splash is to remind myself that I once did Tidal Force at Hershey Park (100' psychotic drop that I thought I could deal with because it was a water ride, which somehow makes me feel safer than dropping down a big hill on a regular roller coaster) and lived, so I can make it down the 53' drop on Splash even though I hate it.

I really want to try Everest. I might send my husband first to do ride reconnoissance. Smile I was all psyched up for Mission Space on our last trip. I had talked myself into the fact that it was ok for the screen to be inches from my face and I was looking out a "window" not staring at a screen. Then they dropped the chest harness (which I had not prepared myself for because I typically don't even try to ride anything that has this type of restraint). I had a cold at the time. I tried to take a deep breath to cough and I couldn't...CM rescue time. Thank God the ride hadn't started yet. The whole rest of the trip, I had mild anxiety every time we were in a dark ride. (I swear the air is thiner at the top of the "golf ball" than elsewhere in the park.) I kept saying over and over to myself, "the mouse loves you and would never do anything to hurt you..."

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I am also claustrophobic, scared of the dark and dislike rides that drop!
I hate TOT. I have been on it 13 times. I hated it the first time, so how I got persuaded by family and friends to ride it another dozen times I will never know! Not keen on the drop in Splash Mountain either.
I also get nervous with thrill rides that I haven't ridden before. I don't like not knowing what is going to happen. So, with this in mind I had decided to swerve Everest, until my sister said it was very pretty and she thought I would be OK. I went on it and really enjoyed it. We ride Everest every time we go to AK now. So based on the rides you like/dislike which are similar to mine, I think you would be OK with Everest. Amazingly, I really like the the Rock-n-Roller coaster, it is fast and wild, but really fun and over quickly, so if you think you can try the harness restraints anytime in the future, this is a good ride to try. (I understand about the harness restraints, I had a panic attack in Stitch, when it used to be the alien ride - like a really bad panic attack, where I had to get removed by CM through the emergency exit!!!) I haven't dared try Mission Space yet.

Hi Miss Mikki--thanks. I feel slightly less nuts every time I meet someone else who "gets" why this is such a big issue for me, although I'm sorry that you are stuck with similar circumstances. I can't believe you did ToT 13 times!! Kudos! I went with friends last summer and sent them over to "that" end of the park while I went to Star Tours and One Man's Dream--much more my speed!! I would LOVE to do RnR because I've seen the track and I'm confident that I could handle the actual ride. Think they'd make me a special car with a lap bar if I promised to hold on really, really tight?

The only way I can get through the end of Splash is to remind myself that I once did Tidal Force at Hershey Park (100' psychotic drop that I thought I could deal with because it was a water ride, which somehow makes me feel safer than dropping down a big hill on a regular roller coaster) and lived, so I can make it down the 53' drop on Splash even though I hate it.

I really want to try Everest. I might send my husband first to do ride reconnoissance. Smile I was all psyched up for Mission Space on our last trip. I had talked myself into the fact that it was ok for the screen to be inches from my face and I was looking out a "window" not staring at a screen. Then they dropped the chest harness (which I had not prepared myself for because I typically don't even try to ride anything that has this type of restraint). I had a cold at the time. I tried to take a deep breath to cough and I couldn't...CM rescue time. Thank God the ride hadn't started yet. The whole rest of the trip, I had mild anxiety every time we were in a dark ride. (I swear the air is thiner at the top of the "golf ball" than elsewhere in the park.) I kept saying over and over to myself, "the mouse loves you and would never do anything to hurt you..."

I totally understand all of this. I always panic in Spaceship Earth. I think it is because there is a burning smell and once we did get stuck in there for ages in a particularly steep dark bit. I want to do all the rides and enjoy them and I hate making a fuss or refusing to go on something (hence the multiple times on TOT until I finally said. I don't like this I am not doing it again!)

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alicemouse wrote:
Mandy wrote:

If you get panic attacks on ToT or Coaster then you should probably avoid Expedition Everest. You may like Dinosaur but at one point in the ride you can't see anything around and you get disorientated. There are very large Dinos in this ride.

Thanks, Mandy. I got us FastPasses for Dinosaur, so we'll see how that goes. I'm cool with the dinos an I do a little better on "thrill" rides when I know what's coming, so thanks for the details.

I haven't actually ridden either, but my issue on ToT is the straight down drop and the uncertainty about when the drops will happen and my issue on RnR is the restraint system--can't do the chest harness style restraint. Otherwise, I would try RnR. What is the restraint system on Everest? I'd definitely be better at falling backward than straight down or forward. It there anything in Everest that (in your opinion) is more intense speed-wise or drop-wise than BTMR, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, or Test Track?

Thanks for your help Smile

You're welcome! In one part, the vehicle says "lost traction" and the paleontologist guides the vehicle and this is when you can't really see anything and feel disoriented. I really don't like that part but I've been on it enough times to be okay with it.
Here is a half decent video I found:

I hope the video helps.