Walking with Dinosaurs arena spectacular is a MUST!

WWD Mama and Baby T 3 - Photo by Patrick MurphyWalking with Dinosaurs is a limited arena style show currently playing at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA (September 3-7 and then at Staples Center in LA from September 11-15) featuring full-sized animatronic dinosaurs in a live show that you won’t forget. Produced by Global Creatures, this arena spectacular brings both a fun and educational look at what it was like to be a dinosaur back when they ruled the earth.

walking with dinosaurs nerd reactorThe Nerd Reactor crew posing in front of the Honda Center

When I first arrived at the Honda Center I wasn’t too thrilled about being seated so very high up, but then I thought, “Hey, what the heck.” I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I could tell that this was a program that was marketed and targeted towards kids. With only one person acting as the live paleontologist host, I hoped that it would still be entertaining and not boring. Let me tell you that was I entertained.

This show focuses on the different periods of time such as the Cretaceous and Jurassic period, going from beginning to end and teaching kids how fish, insects, dinosaurs and even mammals came to be. What surprised me is the immediate death of the baby dinosaurs in the beginning, showing the harsh environment that is the wild. I wondered if any kids would be scared by this, but none were because of how it was presented. From there it goes to show how different dinosaurs interacted with one another whether it was herding together, fighting, or protecting their young.


The entire show featured huge animatronic dinosaurs that mesmerized me and made me wonder how they were built. It wasn’t just the legs that moved, but it was the arms, mouth, tails, and facial expressions. Even the skin seemed real in how it folded. It was even greater to see the smaller ones like raptors be played by people, but not be noticeable enough to lose interest.

The scenery changed when the center masses (representing Pangea) moved, and just everything was fascinating. From nearly every angle there isn’t much you can miss, even in the worst seats. The only time I felt I missed a little bit of the experience was when the ornithocheirus (similar to a pteranodon) was flying through the sky with the background screen behind it, making it look like it was actually soaring.

WWD Brachiosaurus & Huxley 2 - Photo by Patrick Murphy (1)

The entire time I was enthralled and couldn’t keep my eyes off this show. I was smiling and becoming anxious during certain scenes, because you kind of become involved with each dinosaur. There were even a few moments that make you laugh, whether it was from the dinosaurs roar or from the host making a joke about the weight of fashion models. I was wrong in thinking that this was only for children since everyone seemed to enjoy it. I highly recommend going to this and taking any dino-lovers you know!

Walking with Dinosaurs at the Honda Center will have a limited eight-performance engagement from Wednesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 7 and STAPLES Center for a limited eight-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 15. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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Torosaurus 2 - Photo Credit Patrick Murphy


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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.