My home park, Carowinds, just announced that they’ll be adding Dinosaurs Alive! for 2013. For $5.00 guests can enter a section of the park where they’ll encounter dozens of life-sized animatronic and stationary dinosaurs. Dinosaurs Alive! is also at these other Cedar Fair parks: Kings Island, Dorney, Cedar Point, Canada’s Wonderland & Kings Dominion.
Carowinds’ Dinosaurs Alive! will feature 32 life-sized dinosaurs on over 1,000 yards of trails in 5 wooded acres. Some of the exhibits will include a console where guests can make the dinosaurs move. The largest will be the 40 foot tall, 60 foot long Ruyangosaurus. I haven’t been able to confirm the location for the attraction. It’s thought to be taking the place of the picnic area between Planet Snoopy and Afterburn. I’ll update this post with more when I can.
Note – This video was filmed by dinosaur experts. For safety reasons, do not approach animatronic dinosaurs and try to film them!
My Take – Bring on the Dinos: An Educational Revenue Booster*
The extra $5 entrance fee has made this attraction a bit controversial. But, as some have summed it up, if you think it’s too expensive or don’t think it’ll be worth it, you don’t have to go in. A rep from Cedar Point stated that the charge is to help keep the area from getting too crowded. That’s an interesting point. And of course, the parks have to pay for it somehow. Would you rather they raise ticket or parking prices for all? Or, just charge a small entrance fee just for the guests who are interested in it?
A few enthusiasts have made the point that Dinosaurs Alive! isn’t a repeatable attraction. They think that the attraction could, rather ironically, become extinct due to a lack of guests willing to repay. I can see their point, but I’m hoping that the finance department at Cedar Fair crunched the numbers correctly. Especially since they’ve had a few years to see how this format has performed. Maybe they’re banking on all of the schools that will continually take field trips to the park.
I’ve got two kids and I’m sure that we’ll eventually check out Dinosaurs Alive! Between other families like mine and the schools, I’d have to think that this will be a revenue booster. If you’re not a family man or woman. And, you’re not a dinosaur fan. Think of it this way. Your $5 today may just help buy a few bolts for the park’s 2016 roller coaster**.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of this news? Anyone can chime in, but I’d especially like to hear from those who visit Valleyfair and Carowinds. Are you planning on check this out? Leave a comment below.
Image 1 via CC Flickr user Lehigh Valley PA *Disclaimer 1 – I really like dinosaurs. **Disclaimer 2 – I have no idea if Carowinds will be adding a coaster in 2016 but, you get the point.