Kings Island Removes Dinosaurs Alive And Starts New Construction
When Kings Island announced they had closed their Dinosaurs Alive attraction after the 2017 season, enthusiasts were curious of what would happen to the site. Well, during the 2018 Season Pass preview event, super fans got their answer, sort of….
While the site appears to be turned into a designated smoking area, there is more than what meets the eye here. Surrounding the perimeter of the old entrance way of Dinosaurs Alive is a construction fence that approximately 214 foot long (yes, we counted lol). At the old entryway to Dinosaurs Alive, there is a now a wooden hinged swinging fence. Beyond that fence, there is evidence of work being done behind the scenes.
First, on the right side of the image, we noticed some average trees have been removed. It don’t appear they were removed by trimming, but rather pushed over or pulled out with an excavator.
Furthermore, as seen from rides such as Diamondback and Vortex, numerous trees have had their upper portions removed. These trees are on the western and southern part of the land. Below is a satellite image of the area with the red lines representing the construction fence, and the orange highlighted regions representing areas where tree removal was spotted.
Remnants of the old Dino Shop still are visible on the site. The concrete footprint of the old tent makes up the western section of the smoking area. Furthermore, utility boxes are still present on site, against the west fence of the smoking area.
Views from the Eiffel Tower indicate that there are signs of horizontal construction happening on site as well. Approximately, a .75 acre area of land on the western edge of the attraction has signs of alteration. Part of the alteration involves the former “dig site” feature of Dinosaur’s Alive. As seen in the topography map below, the small ridge surrounding the dig area is approximately at 740 feet above sea level. The site is currently flat, so at most 296,000 cubic feet of earth has been removed.
Guests can see the site in question from the Eiffel Tower by looking over the Racer behind the maintenance buildings as shown in our photo below.
Signs of new construction didn’t stop there, we seen more signs of construction at the Eastern end of the park as well. Nearly all the trees were removed along the Northen edge of the Beast. We also noticed that there were several storm / sewer pipes onsite, so it begs the question, are the two projects related in any way? Could one of these be the giga? Could we see the return of the antique cars? Sorry to leave readers with more questions than answers, but only time will tell, Stay Tuned!
For tickets and more information, visit the official Kings Island website here.
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