Friday, September 06, 2019

5 survival tips to Walking with Dinosaurs - The Live Experience

Disclaimer: This is a I-paid-for-my-own-tickets post. No monetary compensation was received. All images and opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.

The talk of the town must be Walking With Dinosaurs: the Live Experience. Ok, at least that’s my opinion when I see all the FB & IG updates. It’s like every other mum or dad I know is posting about WWD. And no wonder. It really is a good show.

Backed by a credible source? Check. Think BBC.
Supported by loads of research and expertise? Check. It’s based on the highly successful Walking With Dinosaurs documentary.
Time travel? Check.
Lesson on evolution for 1 hour 20 min? Check.
18 I-can’t-believe-they-look-so-real live size dinosaurs? Oh yeah.. definitely a check. Plus a wow too!
Comedy? Yup.. that paleontologist Huxley was almost eaten by the T.
Heartwarming parental love? A check for sure.

For those of you who getting up close and personal with these beasts from yonder years over the next few days, here are some tips on how to survive the experience.

Arrive early
Gates open about an hour before showtime. You have to go through security check of your bags, and a second ticket check before you finally step into the area. So arrive early if you want to avoid standing in long queues and don’t want to miss any second of WWD. Arrive earlier if you plan to purchase merchandise and/or buy food. The queues can get terribly. And you don’t want to be stranded in the queues while WWD starts on time. Searching for your seat in the dark with your hands full of snacks & drinks isn’t a fun thing to do.

Choose between the toilet or the snack counter
The intermission is just 20 mins, which isn’t very long at all. So decide whether you want to go to the toilet or snack counter. If you are fast enough, you may be able to visit both, but deciding on one is the safer bet, because the queues for both can get really long really fast. You can do one before the show and one during the intermission. Our suggestion is to visit the snack counter before the show starts, so you can get that cup of beer to relax with while the dinosaurs ‘babysit’ the kids. Another benefit - the kids won’t keep asking for food.

Check before you queue
One of the two snack counters is quite near the merchandise store. Their queues are close to each other and it is easy to be confused between the two as they get longer and longer by the minute. So it’s good to check with the usher to make sure you are in the right queue.

Stay calm
There will be kids chatting, people getting up in the middle of the show because their kids suddenly needs to go to the toilet, or pop corn being accidentally spilled on the floor. Not forgetting the long queues, to the toilet, at the snack counter, at the merchandise store. So be patient and stay calm. Everyone is there for one reason - to see the majestic dinosaurs. So let’s respect and be understanding to each other, so we can all enjoy the show.

Enjoy connecting with the kids
Curious kids will ask you questions endlessly about how the dinosaurs move, why the raptors seem to have two extra legs (they belong to the puppeteers) and so on. This really is a good time to connect with the kids and nurture their inquisitive minds, whether it’s about evolution or puppetry that brings the dinosaurs to life.

If you’ve already bought your WWD  tickets, I really hope these tips help you.

If you are still considering, or never gave WWD a thought because you didn’t think WWD would be so awesome, start thinking. WWD ends on 8 September Sunday, so go grab those tickets NOW. It’s worth it!

If you really want to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs and have them an arm’s length away from you, get the Cat 1 tickets. They aren’t cheap though, and will set you back $148 per ticket.

If just being in the vicinity of dinosaurs is enough, there is a promotion for Cat 2, Cat 3 and Cat 4 tickets.

Cat 2 tickets are now $88 instead of $128.
Cat 3 tickets are now $68 instead of $98.
Cat 4 tickets are now $58 instead of $78.

So what are you waiting for? Go walk with dinosaurs before they stomp away. Last show is on Sunday 8 September.


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