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Dinosaurs roar to life in Dinosaurs Alive!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

RICHMOND, VA – Visitors to Kings Dominion amusement park next year can step back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in Dinosaurs Alive! the park’s unique new six-acre animatronic dinosaur park. Featuring 36 life-sized dinosaurs on display in Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Dominion in a spectacular outdoor Jurassic forest setting.

The multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park brings inspiration, science and technology together at Kings Dominion where guests also hear the sounds and see the movements of 36 full-sized creations made to replicate nearly every feature of the dinosaurs. Each of the animatronic dinosaurs is hand-carved and covered with a skin-like material.

The Dinosaur Alive! entrance and exit will be located next to the Park’s Grizzly rollercoaster entrance, and the attraction will tell a very compelling story for guests about what the dinosaurs ate, when and where they lived, how they protected themselves, and how they adapted to their prehistoric world.

Highlights of Dinosaurs Alive! include the vicious-looking Irritator and its cousins the Baryonyx and the Spinosaurus, the lizard-like Stegosaurus, the meat eating Tyrannosaurus Rex, the three horned Triceratops and the flying Pteranodon. Several dinosaurs have interactive consoles which allow guests to guide dinosaur movement so they can see how scientists believe each dinosaur moved its arms, tail, mouth and eyes. There is also an excavation site replica, a kids’ paleontological dig site where visitors can uncover prehistoric fossils, and a dinosaur-themed gift shop.

“Dinosaurs Alive! is a first of a kind attraction for Kings Dominion and reflects our commitment to providing our guests with world-class fun and family entertainment,” Kings Dominion vice president and general manager Pat Jones said. “The sights, sounds and movements of the life-like dinosaurs will excite and educate guests of all ages.”

The Canada-based company Dinosaurs Unearthed created the dinosaurs, which are scientifically accurate based on the latest paleontological knowledge. Dinosaurs Unearthed is an innovative traveling exhibition company that creates dynamic, multisensory experiences about the fascinating world of dinosaur discovery. Launched in 2005, the company offers unique, multi-faceted exhibitions to museums, science centers and zoos throughout the world.

Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Dominion will be open daily. The dinosaur park is not included with general park admission or season pass. A separate admission ticket is required for this attraction.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Contact: KDPR@kingsdominion.com

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