After two days of Annual Passholder previews, guests are raving about how Universal created one of the greatest roller coasters in the state.
Dozens of passholders took to social media after getting their first rides on the all-new Jurassic World VelociCoaster yesterday and today.
The ride, which reaches speeds up to 70 miles per hour and a maximum height of 155 feet, is one of the more intense attractions at the resort, something that may attract more die-hard coaster fans.
But the new attraction has more to offer than just pure thrills. With creative theming, an impressive queue with special effects and animatronic figures, and a unique story, this ride may be the complete package.
Guests come face to face with realistic raptor figures in the stables while making their way through the ride’s queue. Then they’re told by Owen, Chris Pratt’s character from the Jurassic World film series, that they’ll be riding a roller coaster through the raptor paddock. “What could go wrong?”
Apparently, for Universal anyway, it would seem that everything may be going right.
This new attraction was built on unused land, most of which held the former Triceratops Encounter, which closed at Islands of Adventure well over a decade ago.
The new ride expands the Jurassic Park area of the park, offering a whole new Jurassic World experience, complete with music from the new films in the ride’s courtyard.
Annual Passholders with reservations lined up to be some of the first members of the general public to be able to ride the new roller coaster yesterday morning. Within minutes of 9:00 AM, gleeful screams were filling the back side of the theme park as they zoomed over the lagoon for the first time.
The new ride packs a punch for sure, offering what Universal says is 12 seconds of airtime, 4 inversions, and some new moves you won’t find anywhere else in Central Florida.
Riders will experience two intense coaster launches on the ride, helping it maintain non-stop energy throughout. Just when you think you may have a chance to catch your breath, you’re launched from 40 to 70 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds, straight up the ride’s signature 155-foot tall “top hat.”
The attraction also features detailed raptor figures, and other themed elements, throughout the ride itself, helping to set it apart from your usual thrill ride you may find at a local amusement park.
Jurassic World VelociCoaster is officially set to have its grand opening on June 10th, but passholder previews will be continuing now through Wednesday, May 5th. Universal Orlando has not yet said what, if anything, will be happening between those two dates.
With the VelociCoaster joining rides like Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and the Incredible Hulk Coaster, Universal’s Islands of Adventure has set itself up as a destination for families of coaster fans. The new ride’s minimum height requirement is 51″ (129.5 cm).