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It’s been millions of years since Dinosaurs ruled the earth, but now they’re back and fittingly stomping around inside Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City!  WALKING WITH DINOSAURS—The Arena Spectacular, is based on the award-winning BBC television series. The show introduces audiences around the world to fifteen roaring, snarling “live” dinosaurs. In town through Sunday, the show first came alive in 2007 and has sold out performances and broken records in arenas all over America – generating over 110 million dollars in ticket sales.

According to officials, it took a team of 50 people, including engineers, artists, painters, and animatronic experts an entire year to build the original production! Raymond Carr, who has performed in the world of puppetry for over 15 years and now is the Head of Video Puppetry for Walking With Dinosaurs, says the show promises to WOW people of all ages, “I’ve done touring in the past, and this show gets a reaction like no other I’ve been with, just because it’s such a one-of-a-kind experience it’s an all ages show, so a lot of parents will come in bringing their kid, expecting one thing and then as soon as the first dinosaur comes out, they’re locked in and glued and you see them having just as much fun as the kids.”

Walking With Dinosaurs tells the story of the reptile’s evolution, complete with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place, which led to the extinction of many species. With almost cinematic realism, audience members’ watch scenes of interaction between the dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

Walking With Dinosaurs truly makes the past come alive again as the history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the Triassic period to the Jurassic period. Audiences will watch as, oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire -- all leading to the impact of a massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

This 20 million dollar arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality showcases ten species represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs: the Tyrannosaurus Rex, known as the terror of the ancient terrain, the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and the Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period. The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.

Carr and his team use individual animatronic arms to operate the dinosaurs, “It kind of looks like a metallic spider cord with little vertebras in it with sensors and wires all in it and at the end of that vertebrae, there’s a handle that’s almost like a motorcycle handle that controls the neck and spine of the dinosaur and that’s connected to a base that has a universal joint on it, that controls the body and tail of the dinosaur. So the combination of that using both your left and right hand operates the body of the dinosaur and it’s set up to be very intuitive, so it’s real time reaction of the actual creature.”

To put on this spectacular show, Carr explains that it takes three people to make the large dinosaurs come alive: someone leading the dinosaur around, another inside the dinosaur—literally, driving it around and an auxiliary puppeteer who is responsible for coordinating the sounds and facial features by using a mini keyboard and joystick. While amusement is their main goal, Carr says safety is their number one priority and teamwork is a must, “There’s also suit performers in the show, that run around in raptor suits as well as baby-t, so they’re on the floor, we have these large ton in a half dinosaurs on the floor as well so, we’re all in constant communication with each other."

If this Labor Day weekend, you and your family would like to be transported back in time for a prehistoric performance, Walking With Dinosaurs is sure to be a magical night for everyone!

Show times include Thursday, September 3rd and Friday, September 4th at 7pm; Saturday, September 5th at 11am, 3pm and 7pm as well as Sunday, September 6th at 1pm and 5pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

www.dinosaurlive.com or www.boardwalkhall.com