Derby to have $6.5 million dinosaur theme park

Published on : Monday, November 27, 2017

kansasBy next year a $6.5 million dinosaur theme park will come up in  southern Kansas. There will be more than 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in the 14-acre theme park which is scheduled to open in Wichita suburb of Derby.


Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus will be among the featured dinosaurs.


Guy Gsell said that the park would be set up like a scientific expedition where the visitors can dig for fossils, walk past the life size dinosaur model and participate in events.


Kansas turns out to be the most fitting location for the park as it holds a  long history with modern paleontology.



The project is being funded from Sales Tax Revenue bonds and private financing. The bonds will help in incentivizing business that will create destination and attract out-of state visitors.


Wichita is full of scientific attractions- Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Zoo, the Kansas Aviation Museum, Tanganyika Wildlife Park.



Gsell further said that he felt it was a great place for family science tourism and creates synergy for top notch science attractions.



The tickets will be around $15 per person and will open on Memorial Day.



The Derby officials might plan to use the bond money to further establish hotel, retail shops etc.



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