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Cedar Point has confirmed plans to open a new animatronic dinosaur exhibit in summer 2012, naming the new attraction as Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island.

The park will spend $1 million on installing the new addition, which will cover four acres on the wooded island that is located in the lagoons at the rear of the park. It will aim to recoup this cost by charging guests an additional $5 each to experience Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island, on top of the standard Cedar Point admission fee.

The exhibit will be the second of its kind to open at Cedar Fair-owned park, with a Dinosaurs Alive! attraction having debuted at Kings Island in 2011. It will be slightly smaller than the version at its sister park, and will feature around 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. These will be covered in skin-like materials, and will feature realistic movements.

Four of the models featured in Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island will be controllable by guests via interactive consoles, which will show how scientists believe they moved their arms, tail, mouth and eyes. The largest model on show will be the Ruyangosaurus, which will reach a height of almost 40 feet and a length of 72 feet.

Describing the new attraction, Cedar Point's Vice President and General Manager John Hildebrandt said: "We are extremely excited about introducing Dinosaurs Alive! to our guests next summer. 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."

Various well-known species of dinosaur will be included in the Dinosaurs Alive! line-up, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon and Spinosaurus. Each has been recreated by Dinosaurs Unearthed, a Canadian company which produces travelling dinosaur exhibits.

Alongside the dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Alive! will feature a replica excavation site and an area where children can "dig for fossils". Unlike other Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibits, it is set to be a permanent addition to Cedar Point's roster of attractions.

The Soak City water park that sits alongside Cedar Point will receive a brand new mat-racer complex for summer 2012. This will see riders racing through a series of dips and plateaus. Further information on the new complex will be released later this year.

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