On Friday, Universal Studios Hollywood gave us our first peek at the highly-anticipated re-design of the Jurassic Park area of the theme park, Jurassic World: The Ride! Including a new poster, the official press release dropped exciting details of the new attraction, slated to open this summer. According to the release:
This ambitious ride is being re-imagined under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., the brand stewards at Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall. The state-of-the-art attraction will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World. It will feature additional new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design, and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.
The release also announced a redesigned “raptor encounter” as well as an interactive “Dino Play” area for people of all ages. While waiting in line, guests will see informational videos about the dinosaurs they’ll soon see. As for the main attraction itself, Universal described what to expect.
Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering just an arm’s length away from visitors. Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey. When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new behemoth dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.
If you have experienced the original Jurassic Park version of the ride,you’ll know the new ride did not change the huge waterfall drop. While the ride may not be 100% redesigned from scratch, it sounds like very little remained the same from the original version. Judging by the poster from the press release, could the aquatic Mosasaurus be the new dinosaur? That would certainly count as ground-breaking technology.
It’s definitely worth noting that you can still check out the original Jurassic Park version of the ride at Universal Studios in Orlando! I had the privilege of visiting Universal Studios Orlando last year, and I highly recommend the trip. The theme park immerses you so deep into these films’ universes, you’ll forget what real life is. Having been a fan of Jurassic Park since early childhood, the experience was a dream come true. Make the trip, you won’t regret it!
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