Giant Dinosaurs Take Over Westwego

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The Dinosauria Experience is a show a millions years in the making.

“If a meteorite hadn’t splashed into the Earth, they’d probably still be here today, and we probably wouldn’t,” Arnold Duke Dinosauria founder explains.

Arnold has been fascinated by these prehistoric creatures since he was a kid, now he’s able to share that love with fans of all ages.

“Five years ago when I looked into it, the price of making on animatronic dinosaur was about $75,000,” Duke said.  “As technology improved, the price came down. And when I could put a show together for $1-million, I said, ‘It’s time to do it.'”

A traveling crew of 25 people and eight tractor trailers to bring back to life this prehistoric land before time to the presence.

“It takes the crew about forty eight to fifty  hours to set it up,” Robert Smith, show manager explains.

After these creatures come back to life one of Robert’s favorite parts of the job is introducing these dinosaurs to kids for the first time.

“I have had several children over various shows, I have walked with or carried.  I’ve rubbed dinosaur noses, so the kids weren’t afraid,” Smith said.

The Dinosauria Experience takes over the Alario center this Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 until 9 p.m, and Sunday 10 to 7 p.m.  Tickets are $20.

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