Saturday, October 29, 2022

Jurassic World: The Exhibition


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Time to get up-close-and-personal with some dinosaurs.

Thursday October 27, 2022.

Having travelled back in time, in 2018, to see Dinosaurs in the Wild, for Keilyn's 5th birthday, it was only right that we should take a trip to Isla Nublar to visit the Jurassic World Park.

We arrived at the port and took our place in the queue to have our photo taken with some dinosaurs, before we waited in line for our ferry to Isla Nublar.

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Advertising for Jurassic World.

The trip to the island was uneventful, considering that the previous ferry had been attacked by a dinosaur on its return journey. We did, however, spot a flock of Pterodactyls soaring majestically through the air.

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Erin and Keilyn preparing to enter Jurassic World.

Once we had disembarked we made our way through the Jurassic World gates, which were made from the reclaimed wood from the original Jurassic Park gates, and came face to face with a Brachiosaurus. 

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The Brachiosaurus, a gentle giant.

There was a raised area from which to gain a better view and the entire area had binoculars, which allowed you look down into Gyrosphere Valley, where various dinosaurs could be spotted.

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Looking through the binoculars into Gyrosphere Valley.

Passing beyond the Brachiosaurus and through the deep jungle we cam across an animal transport truck. The truck began rocking from side-to-side and a rumbling roar could be heard from within. Soon the head, and upper body, of a Stygimoloch peered over the back of the truck at us. 

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A Stygimoloch not happy with its transport.

Not wanting to hang around, in case it escaped, we hurried into the Hammond Creation Lab. 

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The lab was seriously hi-tec and was covered in screens, which showed how DNA was extracted, while others showed information of the dinosaurs on the island. Incubators were also dotted around, with some containing unhatched eggs, or sleeping baby Parasaurolophus. Other containers held various 'dino-poo', which allowed you to feel the different textures between that excreted from and omnivore, herbivore and carnivore.

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Baby Parasaurolophus in the Hammond Creation Lab.

On leaving the lab we made our way to the Velociraptor holding pen, which was a little unnerving. For the majority of our time in the pen the raptors were calm, but every now-and-again they rocked their pens, as they did their best to be free.

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Velociraptor holding pen.

From the holding pen it was a short walk to the Velociraptor training pen, where 'Blue', the Alpha Velociraptor, could be seen. 

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Training 'Blue', the Velociraptor.

Her trainer went through some safety rules before he allowed 'Blue' to show off her stuff. We were glad that the fence contained 10,000 volts, so we were safe.

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Danger! High Voltage!

Suitably impressed with the tour, so far, we left the Velociraptor training pen and headed back into the jungle, looking for our next encounter.

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Keilyn and a dinosaur skull.

We soon stumbled across some soil where Erin and Keilyn were able to have a go at digging up some fossils. Some of the tour guides were also on hand with a baby Ankylosaurus, named 'Bumpy', which Erin took great pleasure in stroking.

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Erin stroking a baby Ankylosaurus.

With night falling around us the jungle took on an otherworldly feel, with unknown noises and sounds putting us on edge.

Suddenly, branches began to move and snap, followed by a rumbling roar. The Indominus Rex was close by. Hard to see at first, due to her camouflage abilities, she soon showed herself, appearing above the tree canopy and roaring at all of us on the tour.

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Indominus Rex peering down from above the tree canopy.

We then continued along the trail into Gyrosphere Valley, where Erin and Keilyn took a quick trip in a Gyrosphere, before we headed off to catch a ferry back to the mainland.

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Erin and Keilyn in a Gyrosphere.

This was not to be. 

As we continued along the path towards the ferry an alarm rang out and we were notified that a specimen had escaped. We were told that it was a herbivore, so there was no need to panic. How wrong they were! The specimen that had escaped was actually a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Because the Tyrannosaurus hunts using movement location, we were told to stay perfectly still and to remain as quiet as possible. Which we did! All the while the Tyrannosaurus stomped back and forth. 

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Tyrannosaurus Rex on the rampage.

Finally, power was restored to the perimeter fence and we, hurriedly, made our way to the ferry.

Arriving back at port we found ourselves in a shop, where we perused the merchandise, buying various pieces, before heading home.

A video of our trip can be found by following the link below.

Jurassic World Exhibition



The Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film.

Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes.



Jurassic World: The Exhibition

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