Being a huge dinosaur fan, walking amongst the dinosaurs is something Olly could only dream about doing, until now. On Saturday we were invited along to Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire for the launch of their newest attraction, the World of Dinosaurs. Officially opened to the public by special celebrity guests Emma Bunton, Emma Willis and Tom Fletcher, we were amongst the first to explore the UK’s largest dinosaur animatronic attraction featuring 30 life-size dinosaurs set in jurassic woodland in the park.
Olly was a little bit excited for the launch. Not only was his friend Bert going to be there but he was a little bit excited to see the dinosaurs close up. After a fantastic opening, we were able to take a leisurely walk into the woodlands to discover the dinosaurs. I loved the gated entrance, it made me think of the film Jurassic Park.
Being life size, all of the dinosaurs are brilliant to look at. They’re very realistic looking and some of them move and make scary dinosaur ‘roaring’ sounds and actions. Next to each dinosaur is a plaque with lots of fun facts and information on which is great as the children always ask what the names of the dinosaurs are (and I can never correctly remember!)
There are plenty of photograph opportunities and visitors are encouraged to take selfies with the dinosaurs.
The walkways are purpose built with plenty of space for everyone including wheelchairs and pushchairs, they’re all signposted and have dinosaur footprints on the ground to indicate the way around. I can’t wait to see how the plantation grows over the next few years as it will only add to the atmosphere within the walk.
At the end of the walk, there’s a naughty dinosaur spitting water on unsuspecting visitors if you’re unlucky enough to get caught which of course, Olly thought was hilarious and very funny!
There’s a dinosaur gift shop and cafe at the end of the walk as well as a sand pit for little ones and a picnic area for families to enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
Olly loved the World of Dinosaurs and really enjoyed seeing all the different dinosaurs up close. His favourite was of course the Tyrannosaurus Rex! Olly and his Daddy, paid £2 each to take a ride on the dinosaur train which took them through the new World of Dinosaurs. It was a five minute train ride which they both enjoyed.
As it was our first visit to Paradise Wildlife Park, we wanted to explore the rest of the park as we had heard there was plenty more to see. Not only was there a huge play area for little ones to let off some steam, there was a fantastic selection of animals to see too.
My favourites were the White Lions who were just majestic and beautiful. Olly loved seeing the Cheetah and the Tigers whilst my husband Greg loved seeing the Jaguar and the Snow Leopard. We loved the Big Cats treetop walk (which was accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs) as it enabled us to get up high above the enclosures and look down at the cats below.
The zoo has a fantastic selection of animals to see and it’s brilliant how close up you can get to them. The Red Pandas were beautiful to watch climb up trees as well as getting a good view of the otters enjoying a splash in the water. There’s always feeds, talks and shows on so it’s worth checking the timetable at the entrance to the zoo. We listened to the Cheetah talk which was fascinating.
There was so much more to see and enjoy at Paradise Wildlife Park we will definitely be back in the summer to enjoy more of the attractions. We didn’t get to see all the farm animals, see the Penguins or the Meerkats this time but it’s something we’d love to do on our return.
It’s good to know that the World of Dinosaurs attraction is included in the ticket price for the park so it really does offer brilliant value for money. There’s something for everyone to do, see and experience. There’s plenty of snack and drink kiosks around the park but picnics are welcome if you’re the organised sort (ha, I’m totally not!) Overall, we had a brilliant day out and Olly slept all the way home!
You can find out more about the World of Dinosaurs and the rest of Paradise Wildlife Park at their website www.pwpark.com.
Disclosure: We were given free entry into the park for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own.