We survived Dinosaurs in the Wild!
This week, myself and some of the Visit Birmingham team were invited to travel back in time, 67 million years to be exact, to be able to witness some Dinosaurs in the Wild…
We arrived at the NEC on a damp and drizzly Thursday afternoon, I was happy to leave 2017 if it meant I was departing the wet summer day the present had in store. My Visit Birmingham Pals – Manpreet, Ed and Paul- and Paul's 2 young daughters and I, all joined the line to board the time machine with high hopes of what we were about to experience. Whilst waiting to board we were pulled to one side to have our photo taken with a T-Rex. My acting skills were not present and I appeared to have missed the memo to look scared, as everyone else posed with faces of pure terror and my face made me seem oblivious to the dinosaur roaring on my right. Regardless, we were given our ‘UV protection’ goggles and walked with the rest of our group up to the time machine, ready to board, but not before watching the safety video, warning us about the dangers of time travel and of course the dinosaurs we would encounter.
We boarded via an entrance surrounded by bright blue lights and a clock that looked like something from Back to the Future. From here our journey back in time began. Our first exposure to the dinosaurs came as we travelled across the lands 67 million years ago to try and get to our destination, the research lab called ‘TimeBase 67’. Along the way we saw a variety of different dinosaurs by looking out of the windscreen of the vehicle. Occasionally creatures blocked our path and even jumped on top of the car, meaning we got up close and personal. I must say the whole journey was amazing. The way in which the ‘vehicle’ twitched and trembled made it seem like we were actually traveling across rough terrain, and the quality of the imagery made it almost believable that there was only a pane of (military standard we are reminded) glass between us and these beasts.
We then arrive at the time base where we are told more about the corporation in charge, Chronotex Enterprises. This included back stories of those who have lost their lives mixing with the Dinosaurs. It was these little things that really impressed me, the attention to detail just added something extra to this experience.
From here we were led through a series of research labs. There was so much to see in every room, and again, the attention to detail really was second to none. Not that I’ve made a habit of frequenting research bases that are 67 million years in the past, but this is exactly what I’d imagine them to look like. We were set free in the labs, able to explore and touch the artefacts, even feeling the difference between herbivore and carnivore dung (I’ll spare you the details on that part!). We were then treated(?) to a dinosaur autopsy, and witnessed the hatching of a new baby dinosaur.
The piece-de-resistance of the experience was the final sky deck. Located at the top of the research facility, you are treated to panoramic views across the dinosaur planes, allowing you to get one last good look at the creatures in the wild. The graphics are DINO-mite! (apologies, surely you didn’t think we’d make it to the end of the blog without a terrible pun?) No seriously, the 3D imagery is amazing and you could see the kids were completely captivated, as was I! No spoilers or anything but the ending of the experience is exciting and fast-paced, before you are whisked back to present day, surrounded by cuddly dinosaurs in the gift shop.
I don’t exactly know what I expected before I entered that time machine, so it might be weird to say that the experience completely exceeded my expectations. I went thinking that it was an experience aimed completely at the kids but it truly is fun for the whole family. As a 20-year-old girl without children or, to be completely honest, a real interest in dinosaurs, I know I am not their target market, but I loved it.
What truly made the experience was the actors throughout. They really played their parts well and were so immersed in their characters that they made the whole experience so realistic. Responding to questions and outbursts from children whilst remaining 100% dedicated to the role, but they also included humour to entertain the adults too.
All in all I would say that Dinosaurs in the Wild is an experience like no other. The journey back in time was a memorable and mesmerising adventure. It was unique and exhilarating and I would highly recommend this as a great day out this summer holidays. It is truly immersive entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.
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Mary Turley (28/07/2017)
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