Growing up, everyone I knew was absolutely obsessed with the movie Jurassic Park. Even though the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Velociraptors scared us all senseless, there was never any doubt among my friends that a dinosaur safari park would be such an awesome experience. How cool would it be to see giant lizards from prehistoric times stomping around, living and breathing in front of our own eyes?
As I got older, I grew more cynical, and the concept of a dinosaur theme park seemed more dream than reality. I realised that the 1993 film was an illusion of CGI and special effects, and as such I would never get to experience Jurassic Park in real life… Or so I thought.
Now, a group of eggheads have come together to make my childhood dream a reality. Of course, they haven’t yet been able to genetically engineer the dinosaurs, but this team of scientists can provide the next best thing: animatronic robots. Yeah, you heard me; it’s just like being in the movie!
Jurassic Kingdom: Where Dinosaurs Come To Life aims to provide the definitive Jurassic Park experience for adults and children alike. It’s an outdoor installation boasting over 30 incredibly realistic animated dinosaurs with electronic moving parts. The cybernetic exhibits in this dino-zoo blink and growl, swing their tails and move their heads!
All your favourite species are there: from the spiked Triceratops, to the docile giant Diplodocus. Pterodactyls perch overhead while the Stegosaurus sniffs the air. And of course, the park also features the mighty king of the lizards: the Tyrannosaurus Rex himself.
That’s not all, though – the park also features a number of costumed dinosaurs wandering around the park who like to get up close and personal. Jurassic Kingdom has a number of educational events running that teach visitors about the history of dinosaurs and palaeontology. There’s a marquee with a projector showing dinosaur documentaries from the BBC, and visitors will also get the chance to participate in a mock excavation, where they can discover dinosaur bones and fossils for themselves.
The park made its UK tour debut at Osterley Park in London on 1 April and will run there until the 17th, before embarking on a multi-city tour around the United Kingdom. The event is open daily from 10am to 6pm, and costs £15 ($19) for adults and £13 ($16) for children, with concessions for online booking also available. For more information on Jurassic Kingdom, you can visit the park’s website.
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