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Dinosaur Kingdom theme park proposed for Upstate New York

Orange County Dinosaur Park, LLC is looking to develop a dinosaur theme park called Dinosaur Kingdom in Wallkill, Orange County, New York.

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Dinosaur Kingdom would be located close to the Legoland New York Resort in Goshen. Neil Gold, a real estate investor and developer, is the brainchild behind the project, according to the Times Herald-Record.

“You won’t believe it,” said Gold. “It’s just incredible stuff. It will be a great benefit to all of Orange County.”

Gold is in contract to buy the land and has made formal planning board applications. If these are approved, Gold hopes to break ground on the project in spring 2021.

The proposed edutainment park would potentially include animatronic and static dinosaurs, as well as a fossil dig area, playgrounds and a train ride around the property.

Dino park located close to Legoland New York

Steve Neuhaus, Orange County executive, said: “I think this is going to be good, especially when we have a lot of heartache over the last nine months.”

“I think it’s going to be just a boost of some positive things to look forward to, and I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Neuhaus added. 

Real Estate In-Depth reports the project is proposed by Orange County Dinosaur Park, LLC, which operates other dinosaur theme parks such as Field Station: Dinosaurs in New Jersey and Kansas.

Field Station: Dinosaurs in NJ features live shows, wooded trails, games and activities, and more than 30 animatronic dinosaurs, including a T-Rex.

Animatronic dinosaurs and T-Rex in Wallkill

Town of Wallkill supervisor Frank DenDanto said final design plans have been submitted. He also confirmed that the park is smaller than Legoland New York, under construction less than 10 miles from the proposed dinosaur attraction.

The venture is a “multi-million-dollar project”, according to DenDanto, who explained: “Depending on how they decide to fit out the park – if they use static replicas or animatronic replicas, obviously that affects the budget line substantially.”

Elsewhere, the London Resort CEO PY Gerbeau recently shared an exclusive first look at the theme park’s new dinosaur land and attractions, Base Camp.

Image: Orange County Dinosaur Park, LLC

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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