On Saturday July 7, 2018 we went and spent the day checking out Jurassic Quest. The event was at the Lexington Convention Center and, according to their website, “Jurassic Quest is America’s Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event”, well how could we miss that?
The website goes on to claim that “Jurassic Quest is the only Dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs. From the very small, to the gigantic, skyscraping dinosaurs that can only be seen at Jurassic Quest events. Jurassic Quest has over 100 true to life size dinosaurs in each of it’s 2 events. In collaboration with leading paleontologists, each one was painstakingly replicated in every detail. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, had feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing this realism to life. In Jurassic Quests Dinosaur World, the dinosaurs roar and move, some even walk around. At a Jurassic Quest event, there’s a sometimes-blurry line between our visitors watching the dinosaurs… And the dinosaurs watching them.” So the question is, did it really hold up to all that?
We arrived and expected huge crowds, but didn’t find it, despite arriving at mid-afternoon on Saturday. With all the claims of how large the event was, and the continued advertising that it had expanded over and over, we expected every inch of the convention center to be filled, and it was not.
We made our way through to the entrance into Heritage Hall, and finally found the event. We fought our way through the lines and security to get in, and then had to walk all the way around the outer hall to the very back corner.
The way they have it set up you everyone walks in the same spot, and you filter along a kind of self guided tour that takes you through all of the dinosaurs. The lights are off, it’s dark, they have fog machines going, and lighting creating certain moods and effects on the different dinosaur sets. It was pretty cool to walk through, but it no way was I super impressed. Neat is where I would leave it.
This took up exactly half of Heritage Hall. Once you get to the middle, the lights were on, and it was set up like a normal convention. There were inflatables for the kids to play on, dinosaur scooters to ride, sand pits with fake fossils for the kids to uncover, and of course a very large retail booth.
The actual attractions were actually fine, and Jase had a great time doing all of them. The issue was the lines to get to do anything, and the amount of time each activity lasted.
There were times when we waited upwards 25 minutes, for him to ride a dinosaur scooter for literally 2 minutes. We spent over 2.5 hours waiting in line to do everything besides the inflatables.
All in all I would say that it was a good time for a child. My biggest gripe was that there was almost nothing there that was incredibly interesting for an adult, and nothing for an adult to do other than buy stuff on the “convention” side. Yet we still had to pay $20 each to get in the door. Jase’s ticket was $34. We bought him the VIP bracelet, but honestly, without the wristband you are just there to walk through the dinosaur display, as you can’t do any of the attractions without it. I feel that a “parent’s pass” should have been available for $10, like most other “kid” conventions do.
The other gripe was that a lot of what they talked about on the website and facebook page wasn’t even there. We didn’t see any baby dinosaurs besides the little ones next to the big ones in the displays. There was no one walking around with baby dinosaurs for the kids to play with. There was also no huge dinosaurs walking around you could touch or pet.
We had a good time with Jase, but spent way to much money for what it was, and spent over 50% of the time we were in the convention center waiting in line. As of now, I don’t think we will be returning next year.
If you went let me know what you thought.