Delighting passengers and visitors has always been, and continues to be, at the heart of what Changi does. Adding the latest (and most exciting!) dimension to the airport experience is the Changi Airport Connector. Linking Changi Airport to East Coast Park and the rest of Singapore’s Park Connector Network for the first time, the 3.5-km cycling and jogging path is also home to the Changi Jurassic Mile, Singapore’s newest and largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs.
With more than 20 different pre-historic creatures displayed over one kilometre at the Jurassic Mile, Changi Journeys (CJs) sits down with Delfine Ong from Changi Airport Group’s Experience Creation team to understand how the mammoth creatures were created and built, and the thinking behind the attraction.
CJs: Firstly, why dinosaurs?
Delfine: When the Changi Airport Connector was built, the 1km stretch leading to the Park Connector Network runs along the perimeter fencing of the airport. It looked almost like a prison wall. It occurred to us that it also looked quite like a dinosaur enclosure with its high fence. Looking at the natural terrain at the adjacent Tanah Merah Country Club, we thought the area was a perfect ‘habitat’ for life-sized dinosaurs, which we can use to create the very first walkthrough dinosaur experience in Singapore’s nature. And that was how Jurassic Mile was born!
Dinosaurs have always been a great source of fascination among both the young and young-at-heart. Through the Chang Airport Connector and Jurassic Mile, we hope to bring the airport experience up yet another notch, following the opening of Jewel Changi Airport last year.
CJs: How were the dinosaurs created and what was the production process like?
Delfine: All the dinosaur displays were produced and manufactured locally. We worked with a local company whom we had partnered with in previous projects, such as A Frozen Wonderland at Changi last year, and A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi the year before.