Cedar Point announces animatronic dinosaur attraction, new Soak City slides

Posted Friday, August 19, 2011 10:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is a press release issued by the park. -J]

Cedar Point has some pretty big plans for next summer. The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort earlier today announced plans to introduce Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island, a prehistoric themed attraction, for next summer. The new attraction will be located on four acres on the wooded island that is located in the lagoons toward the back of the park.

In addition to Dinosaurs Alive!, Cedar Point will also add a mat-racer slide complex to the Soak City waterpark located adjacent to the park.

Dinosaurs Alive! will cost approximately $1 million to build. The journey into Dinosaurs Alive! will be multi-sensory and interactive. Guests will be able to see approximately 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that will roar and move. Each will be handcrafted and covered with skin-like materials that will replicate almost every feature. Four of the dinosaurs will have interactive consoles that will allow guests to guide their movement to create an up-close look at how these dinosaurs moved their arms, tail, eyes and mouth.

“We are extremely excited about introducing Dinosaurs Alive! to our guests next summer,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “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.”

Overall, Dinosaurs Alive! will feature approximately three dozen types of dinosaurs. The dinosaurs will range in size and height. The largest will be the Ruyangosaurus that will stand nearly 40 feet tall and 72 feet long. The smallest will be an Angustinaripterus that will only be two feet tall and eight feet long.

Other dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Alive! will include the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex, Irratator, Baryonyx and Spinosaurus, the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs. A plated Stegosaurus and three-horned Triceratops will also inhabit the island. The half-mile-long path will feature more than a dozen themed exhibits and displays and will veer underneath several of the larger dinosaurs providing a very intimate encounter with the prehistoric beasts.

Guests will enter Dinosaurs Alive! by crossing a bridge near Camp Snoopy. In addition to the dinosaurs, explorers will also encounter an excavation site and paleontological dig. There will also be informational signs for each exhibit and guides and fossil displays that will make Dinosaurs Alive! an entertaining three-dimensional educational tool for school groups as the discovery and identification of new species of dinosaurs increases annually. At the conclusion of the journey, there will be a prehistoric-themed gift shop.

Admission to Dinosaurs Alive! will be $5 per person. Special rates for groups and schools will also be available.

With the addition of Dinosaurs Alive!, the Paddlewheel Excursions boat cruise will be retired from the park. The pioneer-themed boat ride will be in daily operation through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

Cedar Point’s newest attraction will be created and produced by Dinosaurs Unearthed, an innovative traveling exhibition company that creates dynamic, multi-sensory experiences about the world of dinosaurs. Since 2005, the Richmond, British Columbia, Canada,-based company has provided multi-faceted exhibitions to museums, science centers and zoos throughout the world.

Next to Cedar Point, the Soak City waterpark will also have a new look for 2012. Next summer it will add a new mat-racer complex that will offer racers a speedy ride through a series of dips and plateaus. Additional information will be available later this year.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:19 AM
Jerry's avatar

In somewhat related news - I see Jurassic Park 4 is getting underway with a 2012-2013 release date slated, and Spielberg is back at the helm. The plot is completely different than the original - and the sad 2 spin offs. Perhaps when this comes to fruition in 2012, a license may be purchased promoting the movie?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:48 AM

Yeah, that's gonna happen.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:54 AM
Jerry's avatar

One can dream! They could revive the boats and make it the Jurassic park river cruise.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:40 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Regardless if there is any licensing. The likelihood is that if the movie is good/popular, Dinosaurs will be good business for at least a few more years.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:52 PM

Jerry said:
In somewhat related news - I see Jurassic Park 4 is getting underway with a 2012-2013 release date slated, and Spielberg is back at the helm. The plot is completely different than the original - and the sad 2 spin offs. Perhaps when this comes to fruition in 2012, a license may be purchased promoting the movie?

Don't get your hopes up.

At the Adventures of Tintin panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, Steven Spielberg gave an update on the future of the Jurassic Park franchise.
"....hopefully we’ll make it in the next two or three years”.

From Slashfilm
Spielberg (and co.) has been toying with the idea for almost a decade now, so there's no real reason to suspect what he says now regarding JP4 is different than what has been said about the film in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 or even as recently as 2010.

Being absurdly optimistic, you're looking at a 2014 release at the earliest.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:19 PM
Vater's avatar

I'm going to be optimistic and say that it will never be made. Let the franchise die with 3, please.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:47 PM
Jerry's avatar

"Where's the GOAT!!!"

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:21 AM
LostKause's avatar

If you know anything about where the JP4 story is headed, you'll also know that it will be one of the biggest box office bombs of our lifetime.

And this is coming from someone who actually liked the second and third films.

Velociraptors can talk, and they have machine guns strapped to their bodies. They invade and shoot up NYC.

Worst. Idea. Ever.

...Even worse of an idea than turning Paddlewheel Excursions into an upcharge cloned dinosaur walk-through exibit.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:22 AM
Jerry's avatar

That might be a good get wasted movie and watch with your friends kinda flick. I'm not sure I'll fork over $10 to see it though.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:45 PM

How long still some mom sues Cedar Fair claiming that the Tyrannosaurus Rex made an obscene gesture at her?

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:24 AM
Jerry's avatar

Well - It does have 3 fingers - er claws... er what evers.

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Friday, August 26, 2011 12:53 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

Red Cross is doing a Final Ride auction for Paddlewheel Excursions

http://www.firelandsredcross.org/

Dick Kinzel will pilot the final boat.


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Friday, August 26, 2011 8:02 PM

Oh boy! Captain Dick!

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Friday, August 26, 2011 9:19 PM
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Jason Hammond said:
Red Cross is doing a Final Ride auction for Paddlewheel Excursions

http://www.firelandsredcross.org/

Dick Kinzel will pilot the final boat.

I honestly think I heave heard it all now....and there are so many jokes that could be printed here but I shall resist, as hard as it is.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011 12:17 AM
LostKause's avatar

Like I said in the other thread about this...

It would be amazing if they invited all previous PWE captains to drive and spiel on the last day. Of course, the park and the former employees would need to do lots of paperwork. That would only happen in my wildest dreams.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011 11:38 PM

They could let you spiel.

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Friday, March 23, 2012 6:27 PM
Maverick00's avatar

Cedar Point has started setting up the dinosaurs and they're also painting the MF track in the island this year, in addition to the rest Millennium being painted. Also, Cedar Point has announced the new Mat Racer will be called, Dragster H2O.


Cedar Point will always be The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, regardless of the number of coasters they have.

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Friday, March 23, 2012 6:42 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

They should have Drag Queens race the slide when it opens :) Kinda like Alton Towers with Rita did.


Billy
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:47 PM

Thread resurrection alert...

My better half is organizing the 8th grade trip this summer. At least at the moment, group purchase tickets include admission to the Dinos; a nice extra little perk, and school group tickets are only a buck or two more than last year.


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