World’s Largest Animatronic Dinosaur Park Opens at Kings Island
KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors to Kings Island amusement park can step back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park. More than 60 life-sized dinosaurs are on display in Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island, including 56 animatronic models, in a spectacular outdoor Jurassic forest setting.
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The multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park brings inspiration, science and technology together at Kings Island where guests also hear the sounds and see the movements of 60-plus full-sized animatronic creations made to replicate nearly every feature of the dinosaurs. Each of the animatronic dinosaurs is hand-carved and covered with skin-like materials.
The six main scenes and nine thematic exhibits found along the more than 4,000-foot long path spread over 12.5 wooded acres tell a very compelling story for guests about what the dinosaurs ate, when and where they lived, how they protected themselves, and how they adapted to their prehistoric world.
Highlights of Dinosaurs Alive! include the vicious-looking Irritator and its cousins the Baryonyx and the Spinosaurus, the lizard-like Stegosaurus, the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex, the three-horned Triceratops and the flying Pteranodon.
Four of the dinosaurs have interactive consoles which allow guests to guide dinosaur movement so they can see how scientists believe each dinosaur moved its arms, tail, mouth and eyes. There is also an excavation site replica, a kids’ paleontological dig site where visitors can uncover prehistoric fossils, and a 1,500 square-foot dinosaur-themed gift shop.
“Dinosaurs Alive! is a long-term investment and reflects our commitment to providing our guests with world-class thrills, fun and family entertainment,” Kings Island vice president and general manager Greg Scheid said. “The sights, sounds and movements of the life-like dinosaurs will excite and educate guests of all ages.”
The dinosaurs, which are scientifically accurate based on the latest paleontological knowledge, were created by the Canada-based company Dinosaurs Unearthed.
Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island is open daily through August 28 from 10:00 a.m. until dusk. Opening and closing times vary in the fall. The dinosaur park is not included with general park admission or season pass. A separate admission ticket of just $5.00 is required for this attraction.
Guests visiting Kings Island can purchase Dinosaurs Alive! admission tickets at the park or in advance online at www.visitkingsisland.com.
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