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Monday, November 17, 2008

Dinos Alive! World Tour 2008 in Manila ( special preview)

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Dinosaurs will roam Manila this November 28, 2008- January 11, 2009

November 28, 2008 will be the day when giant lizard roam the Earth, and those giant lizard are called Dinosaurs, and yes! They will be here live at the SM Mall of Asia, the Block 5 for the world tour of Dinos Alive!. The walkthrough and interactive theme park will be opened for all ages, and it will be a great venue for kids and adults to see and get in contact with dinosaurs. As you see that they are already extinct million years ago, but here at the Dinos Alive! They will be brought back to life and thanks to prosthetics and robotic technology. Dinosaurs will live in robotic form only as you will see, and its just a replica of what will be the look of dinosaurs if they are alive in this era. Kids can learn and be educated as young paleontologist and scientist, studying dinosaurs and how they live the early days of the Earth. The Dinos Alive! Has a lot of activities, exhibits, displays and play shows. ( read more below)

The 12,000 sq.m (that’s equivalent to 30 basket ball courts) venue has been transformed into a modern Cretaceous and Jurassic echo park. And the great part of this venue is that every part is covered and air conditioned. Everything is all interactive and jam packed with activities and attractions, performers, jugglers, puppet show, clowns, face painters, magicians, fire eaters, balloon sculptures, human statues, Reptile show of crocodiles, pythons, iguanas, ride the dino train, QTV dino theater film showings and be a young scientist and join the Caltex Fossil Dig Adventure. A 3,000 square meter Food Court Area will cater a vast variety of great tasting food supplied by your favorite family brands like Purefoods, KFC, Alaska and many more. Moreover, games will keep the energy level high in the food court area with the Purefoods Cartoon Inflatable Attractions for kids to play with and parents can keep a watchful eye while enjoying their meals.

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You’ll see Triceratops, Iguanodon, Velociraptors, Dimetron, Stegosaurus and some giant dinosaurs like the T-rex, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus and many more at the Dinos Alive!. The theme park is brought here in our country by Max Entertainment and this attraction has traveled across Asia like in Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia. The park is visited by over a quarter million of visitors in their previous show, and now the Philippines is the next stop for their world tour, and dino fanatics will surely love this.

The Right Offer
All the activities from the entrance till the exit are free with the purchase of a ticket in. The only time you may need to open your wallets is when purchasing F&B, merchandise and capturing memorable moments at the photo booth.

Non-Peak Days
Adults - Php 550 *
Children (under 1m) - Php 400
Family Package - Php 1,600 (2 adults + 2 childrens + 1 free ticket)

Peak Days
* Peak Days include weekends, eve and official holidays
Adults - Php 600
Children (under 1m) - Php 450
Family Package - Php 1,750 (2 adults + 2 childrens + 1 free ticket)

Senior Citizens get 20% discount on adult prices

Dinos Alive Tour organizers have considered the economic situation and how the Filipino loves going out in large groups. So on top of the family pack, 3 supplementary tickets are available for purchase at Php 200 each.

The Dinos Alive Tour sponsors have generously pledged extra goodies for all DAT visitors. The first 45,000 theme-park goers (who purchase the Family pack) will be entitled to a free Purefoods Tender Juicy Hot Dog. Alaska is also offering free yoghurt for the first 30,000 students who are brought to the DAT on a school trip.

There are specially designed KFC boxes available at KFC outlets that will offer a 10% discount for the first 10,000 customers who purchases a ticket. Ticket purchases from BDO issued credit cards -BDO, Equitable and American Express can also enjoy a 10% discount as well. Junior Inquirer cardholders can buy tickets at Php 350 and 2 free tickets are given away with weekly quizzes from the Junior Inquirer since October 13 onwards.


Marcus Luer, CEO of MAX Entertainment said: “The feedback has been very positive from the past visits in other countries and we are targeting the largest turnout of the Tour so far with an estimated 350,000 people over the 6 weeks duration”. Mr. Luer adds on to say that this is an interactive edutainment “walk through” exhibition with dramatic displays of life size Dinosaurs, dino train & simulator rides, merchandise, and fun activities for children and the whole family that anyone would not want to miss.


Behind the scenes
The ‘Dinos Alive World Tour - Manila will hit the SM Mall of Asia from 28th November to 11th January, 10am-10pm on weekends and 12pm-10pm on weekdays. Here are some fun facts behind the preparations and the making of Dinos Alive Tour in Manila:
- 3000 kva of power is required to stage the show (enough to run a small town).
- 450 people have been used in the creation of the venue.
- In excess of 125 people are required to manage the show on a daily basis.
- 30 tons of concrete has been used to make the venue.
- 250m of drainage pipes have been installed.
- A 10m waterfall standards at the entrance to the show (the tallest in Manila).
- The total weight of all the Dinosaurs on-site comes to 45 tonnes.
- The total distance the Dinos Alive Tour has travelled is in excess of 10,000km.
- To date a quarter million people have seen the DAT World Tour.

Tickets are available for purchase from Ticket World by calling 891-9999 or online at www.ticketworld.com.ph. There are also Ticketworld booths in selected National Bookstore outlets or at the avenue.


For enquiries, contact www.dinosalivetour.com


Blog commentary

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photo op with a baby Stegosaurus
I got invited for the press conference and also a short preview of Dinos Alive!, I got excited and become a kid again, because during my youngling times I am very amazed and a big fan of Dinosaurs, Anything that is dinosaurs or prehistoric topics from books, to comics, magazines, toys are part of my life and my collection. Thanks to my Dad and Mom who introduced me early for learning about these giant lizards. I remember that during my grade school days, I have this pet dinosaur at home. Hmm it’s a toy, hahahah. It’s a green rubbery plastic stegosaurus toy. Me and my sister named the stegosaurus toy “Amoy”, until now stegosaurus is my favorite dinosaurs, and whenever I see the creature in any movies, cartoons, comics or exhibit, I feel happy and love the dinosaur so much.

Ok back to the story. After the press con and getting to know more about the exhibit, the organizers brought us inside the site of Dinos Alive!, and its nearly constructed and everyone inside are still busy finishing the touches of all construction jobs, because the park will be opened on November 28, 2008 for public, while for the press opening it will be on the 27th. I got thrilled inside the park when I saw a giant T-rex skeleton and a triceratops nearby, I just asked the people there if it is okay to take some photos, and then they allow us since all of the people inside are member of the press and medias, and I’m glad that they invited us bloggers to have a little preview on what’s inside the Dinos Alive!. Thanks to Juned for inviting me to join with them, and its great to hang out with fellow bloggers like Noemi and Lace. I think we are the only bloggers there, but it was a different experience inside, although that the ventilation is not yet functional,but they installed some worm exhaust to blow some air and give some short ventilation for the people inside.

I didn’t expected that the venue is big, I got tired a little, but I enjoyed seeing the gigantic dinosaurs which are placed in some of their designated spots, others were not yet completely assembled and we just touched the part of the dinosaurs and it feels like that the skin they have is real. I played as paleontologist myself during grade school and I team up with my sister and we collect and analyze rocks and minerals, but today, kids will sure enjoy being a young scientist as they can be part for a prehistoric dig adventures, they can dig in a desert like venue and search for bones and parts of dinosaurs.

I just saw the area of the food court, and it is big!, not sure if it is outdoor or indoor, because the area has no roof, so maybe they will put the tent there soon. Also there are kiddie rides and funny robotic animals. They just told us that it is okay to take photos or video once you are inside the park, but there are some slight problems like if you exit the park, it means that there is no turning back, they will not provide any stamps or stickers for you to come back when you exit the venue. So they just say that it is better to be prepared and enjoy a long stay inside the Dinos Alive!.


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I just got a talk with the bloggers and some press, we were thinking that kids who haven’t briefed well about dinosaurs might get scared when they see a replica of it. For kids who are big dino fans will enjoy the most,but others should brief well their kids that these things are not real and they are robotic dinosaurs. Because I got a freaky experience in my first encounter of a robotic dino aahahaha, it was hilarious alright. In all siblings, they got in contact with a robotic dino ,but this year at the Dinos Alive! Will be my first ever contact with replica robotic dinos hahaha.




more photos in my album at Dinos Alive! World Tour 2008 in Manila ( press con and behind the scenes)



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MAX Entertainment is a whole owned subsidiary of Total Sports Asia Ltd, Asia’s leading independent sports marketing and entertainment group. MAX’s range of services include: conceptualization and implementation of entertainment events, access to global marquee properties and brands ranging from top music performers to family entertainment shows. MAX is also the owner and creator of the Dinos Alive! World Tour. MAX works closely with local promoters, agencies and corporation across Asia in optimizing their brand message through customized and relevant entertainment content.



Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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