A DRIVE THROUGH THE PAST

 I had a dino-mite experience at Jurassic Quest! It contains one of the largest collections of animatronic dinosaurs in North America. Due to COVID-19, Jurassic Quest offered a drive-thru experience at the Pima County Fairgrounds, which included an incredible audio tour, from the comfort of your own vehicle. Guests could enjoy over 70 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs placed in real-life scenes, with movement and sound. Each dinosaur was identified by name, region where they lived, identifying characteristics and eating habits. There were rows and rows of life-like dinosaurs. I was familiar with a few of the dinosaurs, but the majority were new to me. My favorites were the Elasmosaurus, Utahraptor and everyone’s favorite, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

In addition to the exciting tour, I was given the privilege of interviewing the famous dino trainer, Dustin Baker, also known as Dino Dustin. Dino Dustin is the hilarious voice of the main character in the audio tour. He makes Jurassic Quest educational and fun and has been a dinosaur trainer for approximately five years. Being able to travel with over 70 animatronic dinosaurs seems like it would be extremely hard to do, but Dino Dustin loves what he does, and it shows. He is a dinosaur expert and his favorite part of the job is taking care of baby dinosaurs. The hardest part of his job is making sure the herbivores, carnivores and omnivores do not eat together, or possibly each other. It sounds like being a dino trainer can be stressful but Dino Dustin told me having a good attitude and being confident in yourself were the key.

The time, creativity and energy Dino Dustin and his team put into the attraction made it an unforgettable experience. I have never learned that much from the backseat of our van before. Even if you were not a huge fan of dinosaurs, you definitely will be after visiting Jurassic Quest!

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