JURASSIC WORLD ‘VELOCICOASTER’..’NOUGH SAID
Around the same time that Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was under construction in 2018, early reports indicated that Universal Orlando Resort had filed permits earlier in the year under the name “Project 791” calling for the demolition and site clearing of the area that formerly housed the Triceratops Encounter attraction. The attraction had been closed and abandoned for nearly a decade, signaling that a new attraction was being planned as a replacement. Construction walls were erected in January 2019, and project documents were leaked online shortly after showing an overhead layout of a proposed roller coaster project.
After a website leak on September 25, the Universal Orlando Resort formally announced the Jurassic World VelociCoaster on September 28, 2020, billing it as a “new species of roller coaster” and as the tallest and fastest launch coaster in Florida. The ride was confirmed to feature 12 airtime moments, a 100-foot (30 m) long zero-g stall, and a barrel roll over the lagoon. Needless to say, it sounds incredible!
Since then, Universal has continued to release new information on VelociCoaster as well as make progress towards the slated Summer 2021 opening. On December 4, 2020, new official closeups of the ride’s sleek set of trains were revealed, and it would begin making consistent tests in front of the public eye. On January 25, 2021, reports indicated that the ride had begun testing with riders after nearly two months of running with test dummies and yesterday, we got to see it first hand!! I cannot tell you how excited we were and now I cannot wait to get on this bad boy and ride it!
Also, the past few days have seen more additions to the VelociCoaster area. More dinosaur statues have been put into place and thanks to our friends at ClickOrlando, they are going to look amazing entering the attraction and also near the bridge that connects Jurassic World and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The posted trailer for the ride (below) also confirms it will bring most of its theming from the Jurassic World films, including close run-ins with Velociraptor animatronics — namely Blue, the loyal raptor who shares a special bond with Owen Grady, who was played by Chris Pratt in the 2015 blockbuster and its sequel, 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In fact, franchise characters like Pratt’s Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, and BD Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu are all set to play a key part in the ride’s story, which revolves around the fictional park unveiling a new carnivorous experience for guests aimed at recreating the rush of a raptor hunt. This for me makes it even more intriguing as I am all about theming and storytelling.
Jurassic World: VelociCoaster is set to open in summer 2021 at Islands of Adventure. Watch the trailer for the ride above.