I’ll be honest, if this area had been created by some poor, family run park to cover for the fact that they couldn’t afford to spend much theming, I’d probably congratulate them on it.
Well thats kinnda exactly the story behind the theming.
A year ago, when i was still working at Epcot, i was able to take a Tour on Animal Kingdom and they explained us all the story.
The story says that a group of camping kids found a dinosaur bone exactly where the bone yard is located, Then a group of scientist bought the land to make reserch and opened the dinoinstitute. all the land they bougth is on one side of the road (yes there is a road there). The other part of the land was owned by chester and hester, and they saw that the scientist where making money with all the dino stuff, so they wanted to get some money from the tourist and they build that "road fair" style fair.
So there is a story behind that "cheap" look.
Before the tour I also tought it wasnt a very nice themed part of the park, but now i think its a very funny story and I just like dinoland as much as the rest of the park.