Dinosaur Land

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Dinosaur Land
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Full name Dinosaur Land
Greater location Cascade Kingdom
Inhabitants Yoshis, Rexs, Dino Rhinos, Wigglers, Monty Moles
Nearby Locations
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Dinosaur Land is a location in the Cascade Kingdom. It is a series of islands home to many species of dinosaurs such as Yoshis. It has been under attack by Bowser and the Koopa Troop multiple times.


Dinosaur Land is located south of the Cascade Kingdom. Its main biome is grassy open plains but there are also forests, snow capped mountains, jungles and rocky plains.

Distinguishing Features and Landmarks

Dinosaur Land has large dome-shaped hills similar to the Mushroom Kingdom. It is home to multiple mountains such as Kappa Mountain on Yoshi's Island, Vanilla Heights, Cookie Mountain and Choco Mountain.


Yoshi's Island

Yoshi's Island is a large island where a lot of different Yoshis live[1]. It is where Yoshi was born and where he lived prior to moving to the Mushroom Kingdom. The island is home to various biomes such as plains, jungles and mountains.

Donut Plains

Donut Plains is another region in Dinosaur Land that mainly consists of grassy plains with a massive lake in the middle, making it resemble a donut. There are also some forests located north of the lake. There are hills with eyes similar to those seen in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Vanilla Heights

Vanilla Heights is a large mountain north of Donut Plains. Inside the mountain is a large cave called Vanilla Dome. Near the peak of the mountain are some lakes that flow down into nearby waters.

Twin Bridges

Twin Bridges are two large bridges that connect Vanilla Heights to Cookie Mountain. The two bridges are called Butter Bridge and Cheese Bridge. There is a large lake called Soda Lake below the bridges.

Forest of Illusion

Forest of Illusion is a forest located south of Cookie Mountain and north of Choco Island.

Choco Island

Choco Island is a mountainous region that south of the Forest of Illusion.

Valley of Bowser

Valley of Bowser is a cave with an opening in the shape of Bowser's head.


  • In the original Japanese manual of Super Mario World, Dinosaur Land is described to be of the far south.[2]
    • This was removed in the Japanese manual for Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World.
  • In the original Japanese version of Super Mario RPG, an orange lady Toad at Marrymore mentions a previously married couple honeymooning to a "southern island", implied to be Yoshi's Island.[3]
    • It is important to keep in mind that several islands throughout the franchise have been described as "southern" despite visual evidence proving otherwise. Keelhaul Keel,[4] Lavalava Island,[5] and Isle Delfino are described as being southern.[6] It is more likely to consider that "southern" is more descriptive of its tropical climate rather than anything with directional basis.
  • In the opening cutscene of Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, Mario, Luigi, and Peach arrive via hot air balloon from the southwest, placing the Mushroom Kingdom southwest of Dinosaur Land.[7]

See Also


  1. Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island manual. Retrieved November 28th, 2023
  2. Corner Slice Gaming (January 7, 2024). Retrieved June 17, 2024
  3. Super Mario RPG/Transcript, LLTVG
  4. Goombella: "This is Keelhaul Key. The sun's brutal, as you'd expect on a southern isle.", Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
  5. Kolorado: "Well, I for one am traveling bravely to Lavalava Island in the southern sea to solve a diabolical mystery."
  6. "Far from the hustle and bustle of the Mushroom Kingdom, this island resort glitters like a gem in the waters of a southern sea."
  7. xRavenXP (June 17, 2017). Retrieved June 17, 2024