Review: Walking with Dinosaurs Arena Tour

The dazzling $20 million production features new, state of the art technology, making this the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 18 life-size creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Raptors, and the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-rex!
Marvel at the story of their 200-million-year reign on earth, as the continents split and the show transitions from the Triassic to Jurassic eras. Watch them walk, hear them roar, and see their fight for survival and supremacy depicted in almost cinematic realism in front of you.
 Walking with Dinosaurs

I never really know what to expect with these dinosaur experiences. I don’t particularly like them but with a son whose obsessed it’s inevitable that I’ll have to endure them. Having visited Dinosaurs in the Wild a few weeks ago and being rather impressed I decided to give Walking with Dinosaurs a go at the O2 in Greenwich. I couldn’t find any ‘decent’ seats and was ready to wait until December until the show returned to London but somehow last minute (as in five minutes before the show was due to start) I managed to blag one seat in the front row with my toddler getting in for free! Result!

And so began the rush to park the pram in the buggy park and find our seats before the show was due to start! Try as we might we missed the first five or so minutes of the show but it was easy to catch up on.. TV presenter Michaela Strachan played Huxley, a palaeontologist who shares her knowledge of dinosaurs. I was guided on a journey through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. As an audience we’re given a unique perspective into what it would be like to walk with dinosaurs (or sit with them) as towering Brachiosaurs swing overhead and the terrifying T-rex roar from afar. You can get a glimpse of all of the dinosaurs featured in the show here


As it was only me and my little’un it didn’t work out too expensive (£45 for my adult ticket) but I can imagine those in larger families would find it rather pricey.

I found the experience rather lifelike (or as lifelike as it could possibly get seeing as dinosaurs are extinct) and as big as the arena was it still had a personal feel to it. What I will say is that a lot of information is thrown at you – great because it’s an informative show but your younger ones may become restless when the dinosaurs disappear for a bit. There’s also a 20 minute intermission halfway thorough (about 40 minutes in). I loved that there was no distraction from the people controlling the dinosaurs as they could barely be seen. What I will say is that if you’re situated at the far back of the arena and are relying on the screens to keep up with some of the action you may be disappointed as they sometimes struggled to keep up with Huxley. 

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to bag a ticket this time around – the tour dates have been extended. Tickets can be purchased here 

Top tips:

·       Sitting right at the front isn’t always best – you can see all of the dinosaurs BUT there are a lot of animations on the ground during the show so you’ll have to rely on the screens. For that reason I recommend sitting around the 4th/5th row

·       Even if you don’t manage to secure front/centre seats don’t worry, the dinosaurs are huge and the animated floor displays mean you still get a spectacular show

·       Bring money – merchandise was around the £20 mark for plush toys

·       Get your kids into the spirit by trying some of the Walking with Dinosaurs activities before you go you can find them here

 Overall I’d give the show a 4.5 

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