There is a new creature walking around Animal Kingdom these days! On May 3rd, V the velociraptor was spotted being walked through the park by Professor Parker Woodson. DISCLAIMER: This is only a test run by the parks and certainly does not mean that the character will be permanent, or even out ever again.
V is a latex/rubber dinosaur moving by the man operating it underneath. Its tail wags and there is a consistent screeching noise made. He also can smell, lean down, as well as look around.
To me, this dinosaur just seems poorly planned. He walks horribly awkward and always seems to be looking down. It was clearly not ready for a test run! The man controlling the dinosaur is very obvious to anyone over the age of five. For those under that age, however, the dino is quite scary. In some videos there are children running, crying, and screaming due to this velociraptor. Two cast members (besides Prof. Woodson!) have to trail behind the dino to prevent its tail from smacking into guests.
The most disappointing part about this dinosaur fiasco is that back in 2003 Disney released a dinosaur named Lucky who was completely animatronic, meaning that there was no human operating him. He pulled a cart, blinked, walked, and could even sign autographs! Occasionally he was known to steal a hat off of a kid’s head. Clearly Lucky has some problems that prevent him from being shown in the park on a daily basis (possible dangers or high operating costs?), which forced Disney to come up with a new solution.
The fact that Lucky was released nearly 10 years ago and is vastly better than V shocks me. Of course it’s just a test, so we’ll have to wait and see. I’ve included a video of each dinosaur below for you to compare. What do you think about these two Disneysaurs?