It’s been more than 65 million years since the dinosaurs roamed the wide open spaces in the center of North America, but now more than 40 life-size animatronic, moving and breathing dinosaurs can be found just outside Wichita, KS.
“We’re in the final stretch before opening day,” said Guy Gsell, Executive Producer of Field Station: Dinosaurs. “We’re so excited to share our new park with families all across the Midwest. We’ve had an amazing response over the past year, with so many families connecting with us at events and through social media.”
This is the second park for the New Jersey based company with the first Field Station: Dinosaurs opening in 2012. The New Jersey location is just 10 minutes outside of Manhattan, NY.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-a-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. In addition to the dinosaurs that come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world’s leading roboticists, the park also includes a geodesic dome ropes course and miniature golf course, creating memorable and challenging activities for every member of the family. Workshops, games and activities connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today, giving new relevance to their lives and power to the tale of their extinction.
The park is located near the intersection of Rock Road and Patriot Ave. Although there may be some pre-opening ticket promotions, the ticket price per person should be around $15, with special group rates and season tickets available.
Funding for the $6.5 million park in Derby’s is being paid for through private financing and some of the $20 million in Sales Tax Revenue bonds, also called STAR bonds, recently issued by the state to Derby. STAR bonds serve as financial incentives for private businesses to create destinations that attract out-of-state visitors and to encourage in-state visitors to stay in the area for an extra day or two. Derby plans to use the rest of the STAR bond money for a larger development that includes a hospital, hotel, restaurants and retail shops.