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15 animatronic dinosaurs coming to Dutch Wonderland this spring

Families can journey back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Dutch Wonderland's new attraction Exploration Island, opening this April.

  • Courtesy Dutch Wonderland

    Rendering of Exploration Island at Dutch Wonderland

  • Courtesy Dutch Wonderland

    Rendering of the new Exploration Island at Dutch Wonderland

Courtesy Dutch Wonderland

Rendering of Exploration Island at Dutch Wonderland

Dino-loving families will rejoice this spring when Dutch Wonderland, an amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, opens a brand-new section complete with 15 animatronic dinosaurs. Exploration Island, slated to open at the start of the 2014 season on April 26, will add an element of interactive fun to the family-friendly park, which already boasts over 30 rides, a water play area, walk-around characters and live entertainment.

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The newest attraction, which cost over $1 million to develop, will allow families to experience what it might be like to walk with the gigantic ancient creatures through four different areas of the island. At the Dino Dig, budding archaeologists will lend a hand in unearthing fossils by digging and dusting off triceratops and stegosaurus skeletons as well as a set of humongous T.rex footprints. On the Gondola Cruise, little ones should keep their eyes peeled for dinos peeking out at visitors floating down the canal along the inner rim of the island. Families can stroll down the lush Prehistoric Path at their own pace to ogle at the lifelike dinosaurs in action as they sway their tails, blink their eyes and flap their wings. Storyboards and fact panels stationed along the trail will detail the habits, history and family lives of each dino, providing an educational opportunity for curious kids. Lastly, adventurous tykes can brave the twists and turns of the Turnpike, one of Dutch Wonderland's original rides, now relocated and doubled in length for Exploration Island visitors to enjoy at the safe pace of 5mph.

The park will be open on weekends from April 26 until May 24, when it will be open daily through the summer season.

For more information, visit dutchwonderland.com.

[h/t Lancaster Online]

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