Dinosaurs In The Wild Review

Monday, 13 August 2018

Dinosaurs In The Wild Review

If you haven't heard of it yet, Dinosaurs in the Wild is an immersive theatrical experience showing in Greenwich Peninsula until 2nd September. We went along this Sunday as guests and I have to be honest I wasn't really sure what to expect. My boys are aged 6, 8 and 10. None of them are particularly into dinosaurs. They liked them as young children but thankfully my days of having to pronounce Ankylosaurus are behind me. So my concern was that they wouldn't be that interested.

Dinosaurs in the wild


Our tickets were booked for the 2pm showing and once inside you need to leave bags, coats and any pushchairs in the cloak room. You then wait for your departure slot for Timebase 67.

The themeing is fantastic. You are taken into a holding bay where you can read the timeline for the development of this time travel company, Chronotex, It is a like a cross between Jurassic Park and Westworld. As an adult I found it really clever, with so much attention being paid to detail.

Chronotex from dinosaurs in the wild


You start by being taken into the time machine with your UV glasses. As you land your vehicle is a jeep which takes you past the dinosaurs. There are a couple of T-Rex that are playing up, but you arrive safely at the main building. You are then taken through a series of rooms, including laboratories, egg hatching and an autopsy room.

Feeling the dino dung was a hit with all the children!

Dinosaur dung


Everything is well thought through and realistic. The actors are amazing and can answer all your questions. They even explained how some of the dinosaurs we were seeing inside were heavily sedated!

After moving through the rooms you head to the main viewing area. Here you can see a variety of dinosaurs through the "windows."

seeing dinosaurs in the wild


Then things go wrong. Panic sets in with the staff and we are moved out of the area. I kept my eye on middle man here. He knew it wasn't real, but he was so immersed in the show that he did get a little scared. But that all adds to the fun. When trying to escape we are shouted to get to the floor and everybody does this.

Luckily we find a machine to take us back to 2018. Well maybe.....

It was a really fun production which we all enjoyed. Travelling to the event is easy. We parked in car park 4 at the O2 and there was a short walk, following dinosaur footprints. The detail was amazing and actors fantastic. If you have a child that is jumpy then it is best to stay close as it could be scary for younger children. If you live near London and have primary aged children it really is worth a visit.

path to dinosaurs in the wild



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