The Bronx Zoo Is Launching a Dinosaur Safari With Life-Sized Animatronics

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The Bronx Zoo is home to some incredible wildlife, including tigers, giraffes, and gorillas. This summer, the New York City institution is opening an attraction featuring recreations of animals that have long been extinct.

As Time Out New York reports, the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari will let guests get up-close-and-personal with life-sized dinosaur animatronics. Forty realistic dinosaurs have been installed in the zoo, with featured species including the iconic Tyrannosaurus rex, a plant-eating Omeisaurus, and the massive Spinosaurus. Carl Mehling, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History, worked with the Bronx Zoo to make the look, movements, and sounds of the dinosaur models as close to scientifically accurate as possible.

During the safari, guests will ride through a 2-acre wooded section of the zoo, with a field guide educating them on the real evolutionary adaptations of dinosaurs and where they can be seen in the animal kingdom today. At the end of the tour, families can explore an ADA-accessible fossil dig area and enjoy other special dinosaur-themed activities around the zoo.

The Dinosaur Safari opens at the Bronx Zoo on April 19 and is included with a Total Experience ticket. Much like real-life dinosaurs, this attraction won't be around forever: It closes on November 3, 2019.

[h/t Time Out New York]

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

LEGO
LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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