• Gina Rullo

New Jurassic coaster, more at Universal Orlando


Jurassic World VelociCoaster is now open at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park. (Courtesy Photo)

Jurassic World VelociCoaster opened at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park in June—unleashing Florida’s fastest, tallest and most intense launch coaster ever created, catapulting riders 155 feet into the air at extreme speeds up to 70 mph while racing alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack, inspired by the blockbuster Jurassic World films.


Jurassic World VelociCoaster is an astounding thrill ride that propels guests into an immersive dinosaur habitat and on a breathtaking adventure complete with 360-degree inversions and a dynamic inverted stall that alone spans more than 100 feet of track. As guests plummet along a severe 80-degree drop and steep inclines, VelociCoaster lives up to its name, delivering an unparalleled roller coaster experience.


A game changer within the theme park industry and raising the bar as one of the most elaborate and ambitious roller coasters ever designed, Jurassic World VelociCoaster was conceived by the award-winning Universal Creative team in collaboration with the visionary filmmakers of the Jurassic World films, including Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall. Its ingenuity redefines the roller coaster experience, and fans who were fortunate to preview the ride prior to its official opening praised it as “unmatched,” “a beast of a coaster,” “relentless” and “hands down, the best coaster ever.”


Featuring an original story starring the Velociraptor pack—Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo—VelociCoaster will immerse guests within a genuine Jurassic World environment surrounded by 36,000 square feet of elaborate rockwork, a giant waterfall and lush jungle vegetation and catapulting them along 4,700 feet of pulse-pounding track, 155 feet in the air at 70 mph. The coaster dashes through the raptor paddock and hurtles at breakneck speeds, there is no turning back as guests are swept along a series of extreme maneuvers and high-speed launches that culminates in a spiraling 360-degree inversion, inches above the lagoon. Securely strapped into revolutionary-designed ride vehicles, VelociCoaster’s intensity will amplify a sense of weightlessness from start to finish.


As part of original content created exclusively for this groundbreaking new ride, the film’s original cast—Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong—reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu. True to their characters in the blockbuster films, Claire and Dr. Wu convey their enthusiasm in bringing guests within close proximity of Velociraptors as part of the coaster, while Owen believes otherwise.


Jurassic World VelociCoaster is the next exciting addition to Jurassic Park at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Only in this immersive land can visitors come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs in incredible theme park experiences, including Jurassic Park River Adventure, where a leisure raft ride turns into a daring eight-story plunge to escape a ferocious T-rex; and Raptor Encounter, where guests can test their bravery and get up-close to Velociraptor Blue and the newest additions to the paddock—ferocious Velociraptor Bravo and baby raptors, Sierra and Tango—while learning more about the clever carnivores. Guests can also enjoy epic thrills at Universal Studios Hollywood in “Jurassic World: The Ride” where they’ll encounter the all-new, extraordinarily realistic Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.


Guests may visit the Control Room, Raptor Paddock and Lab in the tribute store. (Courtesy Photo)

Guests will also have the opportunity to enter the iconic Jurassic World gates and purchase new merchandise in a one-of-a-kind themed environment at the Summer Tribute Store, at Universal Studios Florida.


A customizable retail space typically used to celebrate various Universal Orlando events, this Tribute Store will be the first one Universal has ever created to celebrate an all-new attraction and an epic film franchise.


Featuring highly-themed rooms inspired by the blockbuster films, including the Control Room, Raptor Paddock and Lab, the retail location will be the one-stop-shop for guests to stock up on all of their Jurassic World gear, such as apparel, collectible items, themed food and beverage and more. Guests can also browse new collections based on Mr. DNA, the hit animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, and custom items made exclusively for Universal that can’t be found anywhere else.


Surrounded by lush landscaping, the iconic Jurassic World entry gates will welcome guests to the Summer Tribute Store, and upon entering, they’ll encounter:


• Control Room: The first room transports guests to the Jurassic World VelociCoaster control room, where they’ll analyze a variety of dinosaur vitals while they shop new merchandise centered around the thrilling new coaster experience.


• Raptor Paddock: Those brave enough to enter the Raptor paddock may see a member of the Raptor pack as they shop the new “Into the Wild” and “Tropical” merchandise lines. “Into the Wild” features dinosaur-themed, neutral-colored items like spirit jerseys, socks and key chains, while the “Tropical” line features trendy tie-dye hoodies, beach hats and bright summer-colored items.


• Lab: See where dinosaurs were created and get a behind-the-scenes look at rare, authentic props that were used in the original Jurassic Park films. Here, fans can check-out the new Mr. DNA merchandise that includes stickers and tumblers.


Plus, guests can get up close with a few gentle giants, including a Triceratops, while shopping the all-new Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous merchandise, inspired by the popular animated series. Guests can also grab a “human treat” with fun food and beverage offerings, from Jurassic World VelociCoaster s’mores and cupcakes to chocolate dinosaur eggshells and a “Dig-In” dessert jar filled with decadent chocolate cake and frosting.


Guests can also browse an assortment of Jurassic World-themed merchandise and make purchases online by visiting Universal Orlando’s Online Merchandise Store at www.shop.UniversalOrlando.com.


For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com.