Dinosaurs in the Wild attraction to open this summer

Entertainment experience Dinosaurs in the Wild, which combines theatre, theme park and the latest science, is set to launch in the UK in June.

Dinosaurs: brought to life in new attraction
Dinosaurs: brought to life in new attraction

From the creators of the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs Dinosaurs In The Wild weaves live sets together with cutting-edge computer-generated imagery and animatronics to create a believable prehistoric world, where visitors, who are taken by back a time machine, will feel as though they are really there, in the time of the dinosaurs. 

Part of the experience will include the Pathology Laboratory, which holds an array of unusual dinosaur specimens and creatures such as Purgatorius, the very first human ancestor – a tiny squirrel-like creature which lived in trees in the Late Cretaceous, 67 million years ago. One of the main features is the heart of a huge Alamosaurus in a glass cylinder, where visitors can see how much energy it took to drive blood up the five-metre long neck of the giraffe-like giant.

They can also get their hands into piles of dinosaur poo to discover the difference between carnivore and herbivore droppings, examine prehistoric parasites and dinosaur skin under the microscope, find out what it was like to see through a dinosaur’s eyes using virtual reality and test their arm strength in comparison to a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Visitors will also marvel gain an insight into researched examples of dinosaur teeth and dinosaur tissues such as a full dinosaur arm. The experience will include nine dinosaurs, including the terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex, the iconic Triceratops, the gigantic Alamosaurus and the club-tailed Ankylosaurus, alongside non-dinosaur prehistoric creatures the whale-sized Prognathodon and the flying Quetzalcoatlus. 

Creative director of Dinosaurs in the Wild, Tim Haines, was the producer of the BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs. He said: "With Dinosaurs in the Wild, we wanted to create an immersive experience that takes visitors back in time, using the latest in technology to portray the incredible detailing of the creatures and their surroundings. It will truly change people’s understanding of how dinosaurs looked."

The experience will open at the NEC in Birmingham on 24 June, before moving on to EventCity in Manchester on 7 October. 

A new animatronic experience will see more than 30 life-sized dinosaurs taking over parks across the UK. London's Chiswick House once again played host to the Magical Lantern Festival, which took place earlier this year.

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