Nine of the park’s 31 animatronic dinosaurs were severely damaged by the hurricane in November of 2012. Several dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus rex and the 90-foot Argentinosaurus located at the top of Snake Hill, were toppled over, requiring a crane to right them. Engineers and scenic artists then began the months-long process to repair the motors and controls, sew and paint the dinosaurs to be ready to welcome children and their families back to the Field Station in the spring of 2013.
“It was touch and go for many months but we were determined to reopen after Sandy,” said
Guy Gsell, executive producer at Field Station: Dinosaurs. "This grant is the final step in our long battle to recover from the storm.”
“Attractions like Field Station: Dinosaurs are so important to the tourism sector of New Jersey’s economy, said EDA CEO Michele Brown. “Tourism is going strong in our state post-Sandy, and we are delighted to support businesses that add to New Jersey’s appeal for visitors.”
“This is great news,” said New Jersey State Assembly Leader Vincent Prieto. “Field Station: Dinosaurs is a wonderful educational and recreational outlet for residents and visitors. I’m glad that the theme park will be able to use this grant to repair the damage caused by Sandy and exhibit the dinosaurs in all their glory.”