We weren’t quite sure what to expect at this larger than life show at Key Bank Center Thursday night. My girls were excited and I was a bit nervous my 4-year-old would be frightened.
Thankfully, that didn’t happen.
What did happen was a Disney-on-ice style show …. but with dinosaurs. I mean that is really the best way to describe it. It’s not surprising since the show is by Feld Entertainment, known for arena tours like Disney on Ice and Sesame Street.
This was bigger. MUCH bigger – at least in size.
The sets are enormous and elaborate. And so are the dinosaurs! The T. Rex is 42 feet and weighs a reported 8,000 pounds! The production features more than 24 life-sized dinosaurs, operated by animatronics and performers. In other words – they are SUPER HUGE and very cool!
The story is cute, too. The audience meets a dinosaur named Jeanie. Scientists navigate through the dense jungle to help save her and her eggs, all the while bringing the rest of us along for the ride! There is a decoder that determines how the dinosaurs feel throughout the show which my girls thought was neat. But I can tell you – when the T. Rex comes in – we know how he feels! That thing is SO big and does look kinda real – at least to a four year old! My girls weren’t really afraid at all and were actually following the story along.
There is a lot of action and some violence as the two sides fight in well choreographed scenes. Motorcycles and jeeps are a part of the action doing jumps and other stunts, there’s special effects, including strobe lights and a theatrical fog There is also plenty of banging, flames and even a fire breathing dino!
As is always the case – there are souvenirs galore! From stuffed dinosaurs to cotton candy dinosaur hats to light up swords and other toys – they entice children every five feet!
The show definitely leaves the kids on the edge of their seat as they wait to see what happens next. The dinosaurs did look real and the stunts were impressive.
The show is just under two hours long with a 15-20 minute intermission. Tickets are $20 and the show runs through October 20, 2019 – tickets and show times can be found HERE.
There’s plenty of parking all around the arena from $5 to $25. I recommend getting there a few minutes early because it gets very dark once the show starts and that can be a bit scary for the little ones as you look for your seats.
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