And just when you think you have seen it all when it comes to the Jurassic Park/World series, this live event produced by Feld Entertainment will surely keep you on your toes with surprises.
We recently learned about how a few of these are done at the recent Jurassic World Live Tour Media Day in New York City.
Dinosaurs on tour
Not only does the show bring dinosaurs to life in a live-action setting, but the story also changes while you are sitting there in the middle of the action.
This time around, the audience meets a new dinosaur named Jeanie, a troodon said to be one of the smartest dinosaurs that ever lived. Attendees join scientists and a trained raptor named Blue as they navigate through the dense jungle of Isla Nublar to save Jeanie. Jurassic World Live Tour also introduces fans to a new device called the “decoder” that lets us interpret how dinosaurs feel.
It doesn’t sound too intense … until you notice that some of these dinosaurs are huge! Some stretch out as much as 40 feet and look and sound super realistic thanks to state-of-the-art animatronics. They are so realistic that my son quickly backed up when Jeanie walked up to him during our visit.
Behind the scenes of Jurassic World Live Tour
We spent a few hours behind the scenes learning what goes into Jurassic World Live Tour. We learned how they made these enormous dinosaurs and how parkour-trained professionals control some of them. These dinosaurs, being so huge, are heavy and require handlers to be in excellent shape to move them around. Hand controls help control the head and sounds of the dinosaurs.
We learned about everything it takes to build a huge production like this from various staff members. They were all full of knowledge and made it easy for us to understand all of it.
Kids also got to take photos with the series’ famous gyrosphere and Jeep while dads like me smiled all night. My son loved playing with the hand puppets since the bigger dinosaurs were too heavy for him. He also got to meet Blue and Jeanie for a special photo opp.
A sure hit with dinosaur lovers
Being behind the scenes at Jurassic World Live Tour taught us about the production and what it took to get it there. We were only able to experience two of the 24 dinosaurs used in the show during the short segment we saw but we immediately left wanting more. It really solidified the case for us purchasing tickets when it comes to out city.
My son kept asking everyone he could for tickets. He didn’t care that the show wasn’t coming to New York City for another 10 months — he wanted it NOW. Luckily for me, a dinosaur soundboard eventually distracted him.
On the way home, my son made me promise that we would go to the show. We all know you can’t promise kids everything, but this time I don’t mind if he reminds me.
Jurassic World Live Tour schedule, ticket sales
The tour starts in Columbus, Ohio, in September 2019, and travels around the United States throughout 2020. Check the touring schedule and buy tickets at this link.
A version of this first appeared on Cool4Dads.