At the end of the summer last year, Universal Hollywood closed its doors on its iconic over 20-year-old ride based on ‘90s Jurassic Park. Now it’s time to cue back in John Williams’ score, because Jurassic World - The Ride has officially opened its gates. Just check out Universal Studios’ Twitter announcement:
On the heels of Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge opening earlier this summer-- and its next ride, Rise of the Resistance on the way -- theme park-goers may now have another trip to book, because Isla Nublar is back to Universal Studios in a big way. For almost a year, the studio has worked with Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, and Jurassic World filmmakers Colin Trevorrow, Steven Spielberg, and Frank Marshall on the updated experience. Take a look:
The new ride has added two big dino stars of the new movies: the seafaring Mosasaurus and behemoth Indominus Rex. Mosasaurus (as pictured above) is enclosed in a massive aquarium observatory that appears to be 60 feet in length and full of 3.5 million gallons of water. The lighting of the enclosure even changes throughout the day! You can check out this short sneak peek of it from Attraction Faction:
Wow! The ride has certainly come a long way from its past version. Of course, Mosasaurus is just one of many dinosaurs to be experienced on the ride, as Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Velociraptors, and Dilophosaurus can also be spotted while boarded on the rafts. Just as the original, guests will end their experience with an 84-foot drop down a waterfall.
Jurassic World - The Ride also features Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, and BD Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu reprising their roles in the experience as well. After surviving the ride, there’s also plenty of fun for guests to explore from the Raptor Encounter, Dino Play, and new Isla Nu-bar.
Guests can not only meet Blue, the Velociraptor, there's also an incredibly life-sized Triceratops named Juliet. Juliet does tricks and is petable, and she even has snot coming out of her nose! You can also check out Blue’s baby cousin Tango, take a look:
The dino-infested section of Universal also has a new location for kids called “Dino Play." It’s an interactive area where they can excavate dino fossils! On the flip side, adults can also now enjoy alcoholic beverages at the new bar in specialty tropical cocktails that come in collectible Tiki mugs, along with feasting on Costa rican inspired cuisine at the Jurassic Cafe.
Jurassic World - The Ride comes at the perfect time as we wait for the third film, not coming until Summer 2021.