Are you thinking about going to Walking With Dinosaurs at the Tacoma Dome? There has been a ton of buzz about this Jurassic spectacular, and I was super excited to get the chance to go on opening night so I could bring you a review. I promise there aren’t any spoilers!
My family had gotten a sneak peek of the show several weeks ago, so we were super excited about it even before it began,and we definitely weren’t disappointed.
The dinosaurs are incredibly realistic. They tower over the audience and roar at their prey, and they display an incredible range of personality. I know it sounds odd to say you feel like you get to know the dinosaurs, but you really do! These pics were taken from our seats so you can get an idea of what the experience is like.
The show was a great mix of education and entertainment. I was amazed at all we learned from the actor playing the palentologist/narrator, but it definitely didn’t feel like a boring lecture.
Both of my boys absolutely loved it, and my husband says it’s one of the best live shows he’s seen. There were lots of young dinosaur lovers around me who were on the edge of their seats the whole time.
A few things to know if you decide to go
- It is dark and there are a number of sudden noises and lights. You might want to bring ear protection for young children. I would probably not take a little one with sensory issues.
- I saw lots of preschoolers and none of them seemed to be frightened. I did see some younger children who were needing to sit on their parents’ laps.
- The theater is configured so that all the seats really are good ones, though obviously you’ll feel a bit less part of the action from higher up.
- The Tacoma Dome is a tad on the drafty side, so I’d dress in layers.
- There are snacks for sale and some souvenirs, which are cute but on the pricey side in my opinion.
- Be prepared to pay for parking, although we were able to find fairly close street parking for free near the Best Western (not at the actual hotel).
- Do know that there will be lots of kids in attendance. The ones around us talked through out the show. While it didn’t bother us, if it would bother you, you may want to choose a section with more empty seats.
If you can fit this show in your budget this holiday season, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Dinosaur lovers in particular will be talking about it for years to come! Don’t forget I have a post here with a code you can use on your ticket purchase.
Disclosure: My family was provided with tickets to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated.