Saying Goodbye to Dinosaurs Alive!
Dinosaurs Alive! opened at Canada’s Wonderland in 2012. This walk-through attraction included dozens of animatronic dinosaurs, as well as rest areas and a fossil digging area for children. Dinosaurs Alive! was an extra charge experience but was included with season pass renewals toward its final operating years. The exhibit officially closed on October 29, 2018.
When it was included with season pass renewals, I took the opportunity those seasons to check it out myself. I really enjoyed how it was tucked in the back of Planet Snoopy and being a relatively quiet area (although the noise of traffic from the 400 was a little distracting). The area was so well landscaped and there were no “dead spots”; There was always something to look at while strolling along the path. I know these Dinosaurs Alive attractions are probably very cookie-cutter but I liked that all of the details were worked out, from footprint textures in the concrete to wooden log benches to all the employees working in the attraction were wearing the safari-style uniform. All in all, I’m glad that something “unique” like this came around to the park and I was able to see it for myself.
Check out the announcement press release, as well as my own video and photos of Dinosaurs Alive below!
Announcement Press Release
Vaughan, ON (November 15, 2011) — Next season, visitors to Canada’s Wonderland will be transported back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in one of the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur parks; Dinosaurs Alive! More than 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs set in a seven acre outdoor Jurassic themed environment will make up this first class interactive exhibit.
The multi-sensory dinosaur park will bring inspiration, science and technology together in a unique setting where guests will encounter handcrafted, life-like creations made to replicate nearly every feature of dinosaurs, right down to their skin-like exteriors. Dinosaurs Alive! will feature five main scenes that will allow guests to see where dinosaurs lived, how they protected themselves, and many other aspects of their prehistoric existence.
The Dinosaurs Alive! journey will include a gigantic Ruyangosaurus towering at 42 feet (12.8M) tall, and a vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex at over 60 feet (18.3M) in length. Several dinosaurs will feature interactive consoles allowing guests to guide dinosaur movement; mimicking what scientists believe to be the way they moved their arms, tails, mouths and eyes. There will also be a kid’s paleontological dig site where guests will be encouraged to help uncover the skeleton of a large predator that will lay buried in the sand.
‘Dinosaurs Alive! will add another dimension of excitement for our guests in 2012,’ Norm Pirtovshek, Canada’s Wonderland Vice President and General Manager said. ‘This new attraction will present a unique educational experience, while offering thrills of a new kind for guests as they interact with these life-like dinosaurs.’
Dinosaurs Alive! is being installed by Canadian based Dinosaurs Unearthed; a traveling dinosaur exhibition company that specializes in creating outstanding dinosaur experiences. Since 2005, their exhibitions have opened to great success across North America and delighted audiences in museums, science centers, zoos and other venues.
Dinosaurs Alive! at Canada’s Wonderland will open in May, 2012. The admission to the Dinosaur Park will be $5.00. For more information on Dinosaurs Alive! log onto the website at http://dinosaursalive.canadaswonderland.com
Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘FUN.’ In addition to Canada’s Wonderland, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.
Source: Canada’s Wonderland (Webpage no longer available)
Dinosaurs Alive! Final Walkthrough Video