First Look: The 2013 Chinese Lantern Festival, in Photos

Last night they flipped the breaker, turning on this year's bigger, brighter and more brilliant Chinese Lantern Festival for a private media preview.

It's changed a lot since we last saw it: there are 17 new scenes, making 24 total, and the overall layout and groupings are more orderly. It feels calmer, somehow -- even with the addition of two screaming, slow-dancing dinosaurs. You'll find heightened interactivity on this year's visits, thanks to a 300 foot-long, water-spitting Imperial Dragon Boat and a stroll-through Flamingo Lagoon.

It's stunning, and we get to keep it until January 5, 2014. The Chinese Lantern Festival opens with the State Fair of Texas on Friday, September 27.

See also: Ten Amazing Photos from the Chinese Lantern Festival (2012)

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Jamie Laughlin
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