Dinosaur attraction for pier

by Nigel Brown Oct 10 2022 2     5,332
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October 10, 2022

 

An exciting new dinosaur attraction is heading to Clacton Pier to replace its 40-year-old seaquarium.

The bespoke facility will involve a walk-through Jurassic themed area leading into a 4D virtual reality cinema.

It will include motion seats, 3-D glasses, water-squirters, wind and lighting to make it a fully immersive experience.

Animatronic dinosaurs will also feature as part of the walk-through which will be developed mainly by the pier’s own in-house team.

The cinema is being provided by Simworx of Dudley in the West Midlands, one of the world's top suppliers of motion simulation technology.

It has worked with the biggest names in theme park and entertainment such as Universal and Merlin.

Pier director Billy Ball said that the aim is to have the new attraction ready to open next Easter.

“Work will begin as soon as we have closed the seaquarium at the end of the month and rehomed all the fish and sea life,” he said.

“We will then start to deconstruct and remove all the exhibits and tanks ready to move forward.

“It is always difficult to say exactly how long a project will take and it will depend on any other demands that come along. But we are anticipating having it ready for Easter 2023 provided everything goes to plan.”

Mr Ball added that the cinema element will be flexible and also allow various types of content to be shown.

For example, it can be changed to a Halloween theme in October or a Christmas package in December. The pier will also be able to use it for staff inductions when needed.

Mr Ball said that it is something completely different and will appeal to a wide range of ages, especially children.

Bosses at the pier have taken the decision to close the seaquarium due to new higher standards being brought in and rising costs.

It meant either making a significant investment to upgrade the attraction which was introduced in the 1980s or shut it down and come up with something different for the space.

Talks have already taken place to rehome the sea life and that will be done in line with all the correct procedures.

“We are hoping that they will all go to one sea life centre, rather than split up,” added Mr Ball.

Photo: Simworx

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Mrs R Stapleford 1 year ago

Hello can you kindly tell me how much does it cost to go to the Dinosaur Adventure & the Dinosaur Cinema at all please as we are planning to come down tomorrow, is the Dinosaur Adventure and Cinema open tomorrow as well if so what time? Thank you x.

Daw.n 1 year ago

How are much are the tickets for the dinasour adventure and cinema

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