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We have been coming to Cardo Land every couple of years when we are in the area on holiday. Agreed, it is not a modern technological theme park. But that is part of its charm...that it is a family...
We have been coming to Cardo Land every couple of years when we are in the area on holiday. Agreed, it is not a modern technological theme park. But that is part of its charm...that it is a family... more »
Some of the dinosaurs are oddly dysmorphic but the kids enjoyed it and not bad for the adults either. Prices for entry and food are about right.
Some of the dinosaurs are oddly dysmorphic but the kids enjoyed it and not bad for the adults either. Prices for entry and food are about right. more »
Cardoland is a dinosaur park named after its creator, Raoul Cardo Irigaray, born in 1924. He first was an artist and choreographer who has worked with the greats at the time, such as people like Edith Piaf and Marcel Marceau. After his dancing career he created this park, where he single-handedly made most of the sculptures for. This reminded me a lot of the Efteling fairy tale park in The Netherlands, where Anton Pieck (a famous Dutch painter) has created all sketches for. After Cardo's death in 2009 his children and grandchildren have carried on with his work and have been adding some more impressive dino sculptures. The sculptures are clearly made with love. However, they are not very realistic for today's standards, and will therefore mostly appeal to smaller children, and not to teenagers. That said, standing under the sculpture of a Diplodocus or T-Rex makes you fully appreciate the enormous size of these beasts, more than an image or film will ever do. There are also signs at each sculpture explaining what dinosaur it is, where/when it lived, what it ate, etc. So also the adults can get something out of it. They have several shows, of which I can recommend the nursery. They will let you feed a "baby dinosaur" that is held by the ranger, which for children is very cool. Also the cave with its light and sound effects is nice. Another show however, isn't that great. The show takes place in an open-air theater. It mainly consists of junior-level circus acts of people dressed as cavemen that are nice to watch for 10 minutes or so, but the show drags on for *more than an hour* and you are not allowed to leave in between. They just keep on coming with variations to the same acts. After the circus acts there is also a live show with "real" dinosaurs (a bit like the walking with dinosaurs show) which is nice and funny, but doesn't make up for the waste of time that the rest of the show is. If you go to this show, make sure you're sitting in a spot where you can easily leave without disturbing others, for example, on the other side of theater from where the main seats are. The first dinosaur is only shown about half an hour after the show starts. To the team: I appreciate your effort, and you're really nice people, and what you're doing isn't that bad, but cut the time per act in half. That will make people appreciate it more instead of being annoyed. The circus show is why I have given the park 3 stars. Otherwise it would have gotten 4. Worth a visit, especially with children of ages around 6 to 9 years old.
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