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New $1M Dutch Wonderland attraction to star animatronic dinos

By - Last modified: January 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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A rendering of Dutch Wonderland's planned Exploration Island.
A rendering of Dutch Wonderland's planned Exploration Island. - (Photo / Submitted)

A new attraction that will debut at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster County later this year will star lots of animatronic dinosaurs.

The project is estimated to cost just over $1 million and will include work by the amusement park’s staff as well as Caldwell Heckles & Egan Inc. and Healthy Turf & Landscape, according to park spokeswoman Ashlee Hurley.

Exploration Island and its three components -- an interactive Dino Dig, a Prehistoric Path, a Gondola Cruise, and a relocated and expanded version of Dutch Wonderland’s classic Turnpike ride -- will be located on the island that held the Ferris wheel, which was removed in 2012.

Hurley said the island will now have the highest concentration of rides and attractions within the park, and moving the Turnpike will free up a large chunk of land in the center of the park to be used for future development.

“We hope that the educational components within Exploration Island will make our park even more attractive to school groups who are searching for field trip destinations that offer a mix of entertainment and learning opportunities,” Hurley said.

“For our transient guests and Season Pass holders, the dinosaurs and fossil dig area offer an engaging experience that be explored at in individual pace with no prescribed time limit. Exploration Island will be a fantastic complement to our rides and entertainment line-up and will offer families even more reasons to spend time together at Dutch Wonderland.”

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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