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Carowinds has confirmed that children's car ride Joe Cool's Driving School has been removed from the park to make room for the new upcharge Dinosaurs Alive! attraction.

The park confirmed the closure of the attraction via a comment on its official Facebook page, in which it stated "We loved Joe Cool's Driving School as well! Believe us when we say it was a hard decision!" The space will be used to house some of the animatronic dinosaurs that will feature in Dinosaurs Alive!, which will open on March 29, 2013.

Joe Cool's Driving School was a classic antique car ride, in which kids and their parents travelled around an on-rails circuit. An identically-named ride will continue to operate at sister park Kings Dominion.

Guests will have to pay an additional $5 on top of the standard Carowinds admission fee in order to explore the park's new addition. Dinosaurs Alive! will be very similar to the version at Kings Island, which Theme Park Tourist reviewed last year. However, it will be on a smaller scale, spanning 5 acres and featuring 32 life-size animatronic dinosaurs produced by Canadian firm Dinosaurs Unearthed.

Several of the models 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 40 feet and a length of over 60 feet.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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