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Restless Planet theme park begins dinosaur installations
Source: BI-ME , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Sun September 17, 2006 12:00 am

UAE. Restless Planet, the US$300 million world class dinosaur theme park at City of Arabia has taken delivery of its very first dinosaur.  The Tyrannosaurus Rex, giant of the dinosaur world, was constructed in Japan by Kokoro Dreams, which is the leader in animatronics and a partner with the Natural History Museum in London. 

The giant dinosaur is the first of a total of 109 animatronic dinosaurs who will thrill visitors in the eagerly awaited attraction adjoining the Mall of Arabia which will be open in late 2008.

According to Mustafa Galadari, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group: “The Restless Planet provides a visual, audio and tactile experience allowing visitors to experience some of the exciting things that have gone on in the earth’s history.  Extremely realistic, scary but at the same time, educational, the 500,000 square foot Restless Planet will most of all be enormous fun, a thrilling ride in a scientifically accurate environment”.

Restless Planet, which will tell in a highly dramatic way the story of the birth of Planet Earth and the rise and fall of the dinosaurs is being developed with the assistance of an international team, led by Jack Rouse Associates and including the Natural History Museum of London and Dr Jack Horner.

Dr Horner is a famous dinosaur expert and adviser to Stephen Spielberg for the Jurassic Park movies, who has more dinosaur species named after him than anyone else. The plan for the Restless Planet is completely finalised and will take visitors on an unforgettable journey back in time.

Accessed via level two of the Mall of Arabia, the start of the Restless Planet experience will bring visitors into an 75 metre-high dome, where they will be assailed by a display that will set the tone for the visit to one most spectacular theme attractions in the world.

In an unmatched experience of light and sound, the birth of Planet Earth will be brought to life as visitors experience everything from the ‘big bang’ to the creation of the mountains and oceans. Moving on, a series of dark rides incorporating animatronic wizadry and computer graphics will bring them into contact with numerous lifelike dinosaurs as they experience the thrill of being part of the Jurassic world.

The Kokoro dinosaurs are all created by hand, making each animal individual.  Compact servo motors and pneumatic systems beneath the dinosaurs thick skins, which may take more than six months to build, propel the beasts smoothly through a range of movements and expressions on a minimum 30 minute loop. Skeletons of electronics, aluminium, steel, plastic and plywood are coated in layers of polyurethane foam and patented silicone skin formula before being treated with special glues, paints and fabrics to render a realistic beast. Additionally, the wonder of animatronic technology now allows them to be programmed to react to a particular colour or movement so visitors may be shocked to find a dinosaur watching and following them as they walk past.

New information is being discovered about dinosaurs all the time and from a scientific point of view the dinosaurs themselves, as well as the flora and fauna in the Restless Planet, will be as accurate as they can possibly be.

 

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