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Dinosaurs Alive! set to open at Canada's Wonderland in 2012Submitted by Nick Sim on Friday, October 14, 2011 07:35
Canada's Wonderland is set to follow in the footsteps of other Cedar Fair theme parks and open a Dinosaurs Alive! attraction for the 2012 season.
The park is yet to confirm the new addition, but fans have uncovered an incomplete official website devoted to Dinosaurs Alive!. The site's description of the area is consistent with existing and planned dinosaur exhibits at Canada's Wonderland's sister parks, and states that the area will feature 25 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs Alive! will be very similar to the version at Kings Island, which Theme Park Tourist reviewed earlier this year. However, it will be on a smaller scale, featuring 25 life-size animatronic dinosaurs produced by Canadian firm Dinosaurs Unearthed.
As with the existing Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit at Kings Island and three others announced as opening at Dorney Park, Cedar Point and Kings Dominion in 2012, Canada's Wonderland's latest addition will not be included with a standard admission ticket. Instead, guests will have to pay an additional upcharge, listed on the website as $5 per person.
Each of the dinosaurs in the exhibit will be covered in skin-like materials and will feature realistic movements. They will be split across 5 themed areas, each depicting a specific scene. These will include a pack of Deinonychus hunting down an Iguanodon, a group of dinosaurs stuck in a water hole, a flash flood and a Tyrannosaurus Rex taking on a triceratops.
Alongside the dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Alive! will feature a replica excavation site and an area where children can "uncover a skeleton". Unlike other Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibits, it is set to be a permanent addition to Canada's Wonderland's roster of attractions.
Canada's Wonderland has previously confirmed that it will open a new rollercoaster, Leviathan, in 2012, with the ride set to stand at some 306-feet-tall. It will become the tallest ride at Canada's Wonderland, and will reach a top speed of 92 miles per hour during its 80 degree first drop.
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