Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching

October 7-29, 2022

Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11pm


Do I need a special ticket?

Yes. You need a Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching ticket.

What is the recommended age for Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching?

Due to mature content, this event is recommended for ages 13+. Visitors age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (age 18+).

Do you offer refunds?

All ticket sales are final sale and non-refundable.

How much are tickets to Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching?

$29.95 Per person,

How do I get tickets?

Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching tickets are available for purchase online only. All visitors, including Members, must reserve a date- and time specific in advance. No tickets will be sold on site.

Do I need to print my ticket?

Online tickets can be scanned from your mobile device and do not need to be printed. If you do print your tickets: use best quality resolution on white paper; bring ALL the printed tickets. Ticket (printed or digital) must be presented for entry. Each ticket scan is unique. If you are not arriving with all guests in your order, be sure each person has their tickets in advance. There is no will call or ticket holding window available.

Is there a group rate?

For groups of 10 or more, please contact our Group Sales Department (wcsgroupsales@wcs.org, 800-433-4149) for special rates and offers.

What if the event is canceled or postponed?

We will make all announcements about overall event schedule or closures on our website: BronxZoo.com

While we plan to be open all of our operating dates, please understand if a significant weather event or storm might cause a change of schedule. In the event of a closure, you will be issued new ticket(s) for another operating date.

For specific weather-dependent activities or unforeseen changes in program, please use our mobile site.

Can I stay for Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching if I come during the day?

No. Daytime park hours while Dinosaurs in Darkness is featured are 10:00am – 5:00pm on Fridays and 10:00am – 5:30pm on Saturdays. The last tickets sold for daytime operating hours is 3:00pm. Guests with daytime admission tickets must exit the park by regular zoo closing hours, then enter for Dinosaurs in Darkness at the time slot purchased.

I didn’t get an email with my tickets – what do I do?

We are sorry for the inconvenience – but please don’t worry! If you did complete your purchase, received a confirmation page once your order was processed with an order number, and you see the charge was completed on your credit card, you have an order. We expect the ticket reservations emails to be resent, but if you do not have it on the day of your visit you can stop at a Ticket Services window at our admissions area to look up your order when you arrive. Your order can be looked up by your order number, or name, or email, or phone number.

Getting Here

Is parking available?

Parking at the Bronx Zoo is available via theBronx River Parkway ONLY, GPS coordinates 40.853964, -73.872057. $10 car. Free parking is only available to members who have Bronx Zoo parking added to their membership. Availability is on a first come first served basis and not guaranteed. If you're using public transportation, please use the Pelham Parkway subway station as Asia Gate will be closed.

What is the best place for me to get a shared ride service or taxi?

Bronx River Pedestrian entrance.

How do I get to the zoo if I don't have a car?

The BxM11 express bus makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo's Bronx River entrance (Gate B). For your return trip, pick up the bus just outside the same gate at the MTA BxM11 sign (just before the underpass). ADA-accessible route: #2 train to Pelham Parkway. This station has three elevators* that lead down to street level. Head west to the Zoo's Bronx River entrance (Gate B). Please check with the MTA for schedules./p>

The Experience

When is Dinosaurs in Darkness?

Friday and Saturday nights – October 7, 2022 – October 29, 2022

What are Dinosaurs in Darkness hours of operation?

There are 5 designated time slots to attend: 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 10pm.

You must select a time and attend only your selected show time purchased.

Which gates/entrances are open for Dinosaurs in Darkness?

Bronx River ONLY. The Southern Boulevard and Asia Entrances are not open for Dinosaurs in Darkness.

Is the entire zoo open?

No. Only a portion of the zoo is open. All animal exhibit buildings and some other areas will be closed after 5:30pm. Please adhere to all posted signs or barriers that block off some pathways as well as one way paths.

Will animal exhibits be open?

No, there are no animal exhibits open during Dinosaurs in Darkness operating nights.

Can I eat there?

A variety of food trucks will be available to purchase food in the Bronx River parking lot. Members discount offers do not apply.

Is the zoo shuttle running?

No, the Zoo Shuttle will not be operating.

How long does it take to experience the whole event?

The experience is expected to be 45 minutes long.

Can I touch the displays?

For your safety, please do not touch any of the light displays. Stay on marked pathways and do not wander into planters or display areas.

Can I rent a wheelchair or stroller?

A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.


Do members get Dinosaurs in Darkness free?

No. Members do receive an exclusive discount for the amount of individuals covered on their membership. Membership tickets are $23.95 per person. Tickets must be purchased online in advance for a specific time and date.

I have a WCS IDNYC Membership - what discounts do I get?

Dinosaurs in Darkness is a special event with extended park hours and is not included in IDNYC Member benefits. A WCS IDNYC Member can purchase a Dinosaurs in Darkness ticket at our Member discount. Member discount is only for the quantity of people on the Membership (IDNYC Membership covers one person - only the individual named on the card). Valid Membership card and ID must be presented on entry with Member ticket. If you'd like to upgrade your existing Membership you can! Call us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5 pm daily!

Is there a WCS member discount?

Yes! WCS Members pay $23.95 per person with discount code HATCHING4MEMBERS.

Discount code must be entered at the time of checkout. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Not applicable towards prior purchases. Non-transferable.

Must present a valid Membership card + ID on arrival. You will be asked to pay the $6 difference in ticket price per person if proper credentials are not presented.

As a WCS Member, can I buy discounted tickets for my friends/family?

The Member discount for Dinosaurs in Darkness tickets is for Members only. You must show your Membership card and photo ID upon entry when using discounted Member tickets. Discounted tickets are only for the quantity of people covered on your Membership.

Know Before You Go

Important Warning: Some areas may include intense audio, UV lighting, extremely low visibility, strobe lights, fog, and/or special effects. It is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic, pregnant, are prone to seizures, or have heart and/or respiratory problems.

Please review the Bronx Zoo Know Before You Go webpage for updates to park operations and policies.

Additionally, our First Aid station will be open and NYPD will be present throughout the evening.

What items are not permitted?

Balloons, radios, bikes, skateboards, or scooters are not permitted in the Zoo. Playing ball is also prohibited. Firearms, pocket knives or any weapons, fireworks, drugs and outside food or drinks are not permitted.

For a complete list of park rules: bronxzoo.com/rules

Can I smoke?

The Bronx Zoo is a smoke-free park. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is only permitted in parking lots.

Is Dinosaurs in Darkness wheelchair accessible?

The route is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us in advance if someone in your reservation needs assistance or accommodations for accessibility, so we can help support the best experience. Send email to guestrelations@wcs.org with subject “Dinosaurs in Darkness ACCESS INQUIRY”. Note: Only working service dogs permitted, in accordance with the ADA. For complete details, go to bronxzoo.com/servicedogs

Will there be bag searches prior to entry?

Bags may be subject to search prior to entry. Firearms, pocket knives or any weapons, fireworks, drugs and outside food or drinks are not permitted.

Can I attend a different time period from what I purchased?

Due to capacity restrictions, you are only permitted to attend the event for the time slot you purchased.

What safety measures are in place?

Your safety is our priority. Our First Aid station will be open and NYPD will be present throughout the evening. Disorderly conduct will result in your immediate removal from the park. This includes, but is not limited to, trespassing into restricted areas; touching actors or staff.

All guests must abide by the park rules in effect in October, 2022. When changes happen, we make every effort to align our website and park signage with updates. Always check before you arrive for the most up-to-date information. bronxzoo.com/rules bronxzoo.com/planahead.

Can I leave and return?

There is no re-entry. If you leave the event for any reason, you will be unable to return.

Please be advised that this event is being photographed, filmed, videotaped or otherwise recorded for future use. WCS has the non-exclusive right to record your likeness while participating in the event and to use your likeness in all media worldwide in perpetuity, without remuneration, for WCS's institutional, educational and promotional purposes.

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