Jurassic World Live Tour roars into AmericanAirlines Arena

MIAMI (WSVN) - The Jurassic World Live Tour will feature 3D backdrops and life-sized prehistoric animals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.

7News got a sneak peek of the tour’s set on Friday.

The show’s engineers showed 7News cameras how they use technology to bring the animals to life.

Dinoteer Charles Clark compared suiting up in a dinosaur suit to being strapped into a fighter jet.

“This LCD screen is kind of like your heads-up display, and it shows you everything that’s happening in front of you,” Clark said. “You get strapped in real tight, and then, you take your hands, put them on the controller, and you’re about to control a dinosaur. It’s how it always feels like to me every time I get strapped in.”

The show took over two years to make, and the dinosaurs took 20 months to build.

“It is a fully-immersive show,” dinoteer Brittaney Talbot said. “We have seven different species of dinosaur, over 20 different puppets. We have motorcycle stunts. We have live-action stunts.”

“The dinosaurs all weigh between 100 and 140 pounds, and we all went through 10 weeks of training to get ready to bring these dinos to life,” Clark said.

The live-action performance picks up where “Jurassic World” left off, meaning a genetically engineered dinosaur breaks free and scientists have to catch it.

“I specifically operate Jeanie, and the show focuses on finding Jeanie, finding Jeanie’s eggs and following her journey throughout the show,” Clark said.

The show also features a gyrosphere like the one seen in “Jurassic World.”

“This is a fully functioning gyrosphere,” performer Kevin Campbell said. “You can sit inside and control it, roll around this entire arena. We use it for one of our opening shots.”

The tour began Thursday and will continue through Sunday.

The dinosaurs will be at the BB&T Center in Sunrise from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26.

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