Fossil Fun Games

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Fossil Fun Games
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The Entrance to Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama where the Fossil Fun Games can be found.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Land DinoLand USA (Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama)
Attraction type Midway carnival games
Opening date November 18, 2001 (as Midway Games)
March 31, 2002 (as Fossil Fun Games)
Fastpass + No
Formally Known As Midway Games

The Fossil Fun Games are midway style carnival games located in DinoLand USA at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Backstory [1]

According to the backstory of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama, Chester and Hester initially owned a small gas station near the main highway. Their lives changed however, when in 1947 amateur fossil-hunters found dinosaur bones in the area. Shortly after the find, scientists and grad students flooded the area and the Dino Institute was founded. In order to capitalize on the archaeological find, as others around them had, Chester and Hester began to sell souvenirs at their gas station. After realizing that they were making more money selling merchandise then gasoline, the couple decided to turn the gas station into a shop called "Chester and Hester's Dinosaur Treasures".

Further capitalizing on their success, Chester and Hester eventually decided to erect an amusement park across the street from their store. It is at this amusement park, “Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama” that guests can find the Fossil Fun Games.

Attraction History and Description

The carnival style games that would eventually be called the Fossil Fun Games actually opened to guests in DinoLand USA as simply "Midway Games" on November 18, 2001 [2]. The attraction was a part of the Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama expansion. On March 31, 2002 the attraction was renamed Fossil Fun Games [3]. The carnival style games are themed to fit in with the rest of the Chester and Hester area. Besides the name change, since Fossil Fun Games opened it has not experienced any major changes.

Whac-A-Packccephalosaur- This "whack-a-mole" style game allows guests to hit small dinosaurs as they pop up.

Fossil Fueler- This water-squirt game is themed as a dinosaur gas station. The first guest to fill their “gas tank” wins. Fossil Fueler fits in with Chester and Hester’s backstory which tells about the couple owning a gas station before constructing their shop and amusement park. Seven guests can play Fossil Fueler at a time.

Mammoth Marathon- In this game guests roll balls into holes (with varying points awarded), in order to race their wooly mammoth against other guests. Sixteen guests can play Mammoth Marathon at a time.

Bronto-Score- In this game guests shoot basketballs into a hoop, in order to win a prize. Seven guests can play Bronto-Score at a time.

Comet Crasher- In this game guests toss "comets” into floating goblets. If guests land one in the goblet they win a prize. Eight guests can play Comet Crasher at a time.

Dino-Whamma- This mallet strength game lets guests see how strong they are. The categories that guests can fall under include (from lowest to highest): Wimposaur, Biceptoraptor, Brawnosaurus, and Triceps-A-Tops

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • Besides the midway style games, guests can also find a funhouse mirror, a photo booth, and a dinosaur cutout photo opportunity near the Fossil Fun Games [1].
  • Tires from Chester and Hester’s old gas station were used as planters and can be seen in the foliage around the Fossil Fun Games[1].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2009/08/chester_and_hesters_dinorama.html
  2. https://d23.com/a-to-z/chester-hesters/
  3. http://guide2wdw.com/animal-kingdom/attractions/fossil-fun-games/