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Theme park guide: Dinosaur World upgrade bigger, better and more lifelike

Plant City's Dinosaur World opened a 12-acre expansion this spring that includes a new museum, gift shop, playground area and lifelike dinosaurs that move. The nearly $4 million project is the largest ever for the 13-year-old park founded by Swedish businessman Christer Svennson. Visitors who enjoyed the Florida kitsch experience before have considerably more to try out. The park kept the 1-mile dinosaur walk through lush Florida landscape but revamped everything else, from the parking lot to the fossil dig. There's now a grassy courtyard with 25-foot-tall dinosaurs, two playgrounds and a covered picnic area with more than 20 tables. It upped ticket prices about $2, to $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 3 to 12 and $12.95 for seniors. Dinosaur World is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Pets on leashes are welcome. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City; (813) 717-9865; dinosaurworld.com.

Times staff

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Theme park guide: Dinosaur World upgrade bigger, better and more lifelike 05/23/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:27pm]
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