Cedar Point has announced that they will be introducingDinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island for the summer of 2012. The new prehistoric attraction will be located on a four-acre wooded island in the lagoons near the back of the park, with dinosaurs spread over a half-mile of walkway. Cedar Point will also be adding a mat-racer slide complex to its Soak City waterpark.
At a cost of $1 million, Dinosaurs Alive! will consist of approximately 50 animatronic dinosaurs, four of which will have interactive controls that allow guests to see how they moved parts of their bodies (arms, tail, eyes, and mouth). Dinosaurs will range from the two-foot tall, eight-foot long Angustinaripterus, to the massive 40-foot tall, 72-foot long Ruyangosaurus. Other dinosaurs include Irratator, Baryonx, the largest carnivorous dinosaur Spinosaurus, and the most famous meat-eater of them all, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
John Hildebrandt, VP and GM of Cedar Point, stated in the park’s press release, “Our guests will have the opportunity to visit the Jurassic Age up close and see some of the amazing creatures that called it home. Dinosaurs Alive! will be educational but fun, too.”
Entering via a bridge near Camp Snoopy, guests will then traverse the half-mile of walkways surrounded by prehistoric dinosaurs, encountering an excavation site, fossil displays, and paleontological dig along the way, with informative signs and guides throughout to answer additional questions. The cost for the attraction will be the same as its brethren opened this year at Kings Island, $5 per person. With dinosaurs now occupying the lagoon however, the Paddlewheel Excursions boat cruise will finally be retiring from the park on Sept. 5, 2011 (Labor Day), after over 45 years of operation at the park.
It seemed last year many thought perhaps they opened the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit at Kings Island as a testing grounds to see if they wanted to try it at Cedar Point. Looks like either those speculators were right, or its purely coincidence that Cedar Point now has their own version of the exhibit, and while not a terribly popular attraction with repeat visitors and enthusiasts, it seems Dinosaurs Alive! was very well received by families and kids visiting the park. So visitors beware, dinosaurs will now be lurking the grounds of Cedar Point next season.