Dinosaurs Island in Clark, Pampanga is a fascinating attraction which takes you in an era that existed millions of years ago. This prehistoric-themed amusement park gives you a good feel and idea of what it’s like to stand close to the ancient giant lizards because the sizes of these model dinosaurs are based on their actual fossil sizes. On top of that, they’ve put growling sound effects for each dinosaur and some even have moving mouths and legs.
This Dinosaur theme park reminded me of how delighted I was in reading children’s books about dinosaurs and how I enjoyed watching old school cartoons like Dino-Riders and Dinosaucers during my childhood days. I even had dinosaur toys and have drawn some of them. When the movie Jurassic Park came out in 1993, I even got more fascinated and now, there’s an upcoming Jurassic World movie in 2015 which will serve as the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series which I’m looking forward to see.
My son has the same fascination for dinosaurs as I was. He has posters of dinosaurs in his room and has plenty of dinosaur toys. He also had fun watching the movie Dinosaur (2000) which he liked so much — he can tell you what will happen in the next scenes. How I wish that this Dinosaur theme park existed already in my childhood days but I’m very happy to see that our son is able to enjoy something that we missed as a child.
This place is a good treat if you’re a fan of dinosaur movies and books because it also gives you a better understanding of how terrifying these giant lizards are if you get a close encounter with them the way that is projected in the movies. It’s amazing how these were sculptured and painted so artistically that their scales looked like the large monitor lizard we’ve seen in Palawan. These dinosaur statues would really make you feel like an insect in front of a lizard. They’re so realistic, that the dancing mascot dinosaur made our son cry while all of us were laughing.
According to a morning show which featured Dinosaurs Island, some of the dinosaur statues were imported from China and some were made here in the Philippines. These are made out of plastic and their sharp-looking teeth are made out of rubber which is safe for children to touch. You can even ride some of them in the theme park’s entrance.
In the middle of the park, you’ll see a small museum with dinosaur fossil replicas plus some paintings depicting paleontologists looking for fossils and paintings of the meteor shower theory that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. I believe that this museum was strategically placed here so that visitors can rest a bit before exploring the second half of the theme park. The place has a good shade and has plenty of log chairs.
What’s nice about this park is the number of old and large trees entangled by vines which gives it that jungle look. There’s even one very large tree arching down as if it was hit by a hurricane then tumbled. Some people who are more afraid of the sun than of the dinosaurs won’t feel that bad because most parts of the park are shaded by large trees. With everything green, the air is fresh and the sweet sound of birds chirping — exploring this prehistoric-themed park was really a pleasurable experience for our whole family.
The final section of the park is the Dino World of Fun. This is the part where you’ll see how talented the dinosaurs are when it comes to dancing. They’ve put up some coliseum-like chairs so that everyone can interact closely with the dinosaurs before the dance. Despite of my son’s fondness of dinosaurs, we can clearly see how he doesn’t want them very close. His grandma kept telling him that it’s just a mascot with rubber teeth but fear got the best of him. We can’t help but laugh at his reaction.
Dinosaurs Island – Jurassic Jungle Safari
The Jurassic Jungle Safari is an optional attraction within the Dinosaurs Island park for an additional 100 pesos per person. It’s simply a short train ride where lurking carnivorous dinosaurs are out to greet you with a surprise. It may not really be a surprise for some, but for the three women in front of me who are constantly screaming whenever there’s a dinosaur peek-a-booing in our train — the shock and scare factor was really a sold out.
The walking dinosaurs used here are same exact dinosaurs doing the dance in the Dino World of Fun. This Dinosaur Island Jungle Safari is just beside the Dino World of Fun which makes it easy for the dinosaurs to quickly transfer and work as safari scare agents as a part time job. The size of the dinosaurs here can be compared to velociraptors which lets you experience that Jurassic Park raptor chase moment.
Dinosaurs Island Rates:
Safari Ride: P100.00
Dino ride: P50.00
For School Field Trips
Private School Tours: P300.00
Public School Tours: P250.00
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