Kings Island has revealed that the upcharge that applied to its Dinosaurs Alive! 3D movie during 2011 will be removed for the 2012 season.
Screamscape reports that Dinosaurs Alive 3D will now be free for all guests to view, and will continue to be shown throughout the day in the park's Action Theater. However, the Dinosaurs Alive! walkthrough exhibit will continue to carry a $5 upcharge, as it does at other Cedar Fair-owned theme parks.
Dinosaurs Alive! 3D replaced the SpongeBob Squarepants 3D movie in Kings Island's Action Theatre. It drew criticism from guests, including Theme Park Tourist's reviewer Brian Krosnick, due to the additional charge for what was formerly a free attraction. While HD Dolby 3D glasses were added for the new movie, the motion simulator seating that was previously used in the theater was stripped out.
The removal of the upcharge may be in response to poor attendances for Dinosaurs Alive 3D, with visitors last year reporting near-empty theaters even on busy days. It brings Kings Island into line with sister park Kings Dominion, which will not charge for its own 3D dinosaur movie when it opens in 2012. However, Canada's Wonderland has stated that its version of the movie will carry an upcharge.
Kings Island had previously charged $4 to view the movie, although guests who had already paid the $5 upcharge for the walkthrough Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit could pay $2.