Alicia Stella

Now that we’ve seen the final version of the Jurassic World ride in Hollywood many are asking when Orlando will see its version changed over?

Jurassic World: The Ride’s updated finale and middle scenes have been impressing riders since the attraction soft opened to guests recently at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The ride is so impressive in fact, that even those in Orlando that were unsure before now seem to want their version of the river ride to be converted as well.

With a brand new roller coaster based on the Jurassic World franchise opening on June 10th at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, many assume that a complete re-theme of the park’s Jurassic Park land is inevitable… But, I wouldn’t be so certain.

It has been rumored for awhile now that Universal Orlando was faced with the choice to either convert their River Adventure ride to Jurassic World, just like Hollywood was doing at the time, or start work on the roller coaster they had been designing.

Obviously with the new coaster opening this summer it’s pretty clear what route they chose to go with, (if that rumor is to be believed, of course).

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Jurassic Park River Adventure in Islands of Adventure

Currently, the Jurassic Park land in Orlando is based on the original “Park” franchise. The River Adventure ride still includes John Hammond in the queue videos. The Discovery Center facade was inspired by the original film’s Visitors Center.

Even the land’s color scheme is straight out of the original film, with bold oranges and reds, as opposed to the cold blues and grays of the new Jurassic World films.

However, some of that has changed in the past year or so. The addition of the new Raptor Encounter location brought with it the land’s first official “Jurassic World” branded attraction.

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Raptor Encounter at Islands of Adventure

It is subtle, but the signage for the new Raptor Encounter is in blue, and the new area features electric fence and corrugated metal walls that are straight out of the Jurassic World film’s style guide.

Plus, the raptor trainer’s new uniform features a Jurassic World logo and the voice over explicitly says “welcome to the Raptor Encounter at Jurassic World.” (Not to mention the fact that you’re meeting Blue from Jurassic World at the attraction.)

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will expand upon the Jurassic World offerings in Orlando. The waterfront area and bridge leading towards the attraction now play Jurassic World’s original score by Michael Giacchino, replacing music from The Lost World: Jurassic Park by John Williams.

The new coaster will feature characters and dinosaurs from the newer films, including Owen and Claire, and Blue the velociraptor.

It seems like careful attention was paid when combining these Jurassic World elements into a Jurassic Park land. Jurassic World logos and characters are not visible at the coaster area when standing within the land itself.

InGen logos are used instead when viewed from the entrance to River Adventure, a way to utilize the company that appears in all of the Jurassic films.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Islands of Adventure

Okay, but certainly that just means that the Jurassic Park land is slowly being taken over by Jurassic World… It’s just not happening all once to save money, right?

Maybe not.

Gregory Hall, lead designer for the VelociCoaster has spoken about keeping continuity between the two parts of the land when the coaster is viewed from the Jurassic Park side. It seems that a conscious effort is being made to keep the Jurassic World area as a type of mini-land next to the Jurassic Park area.


I’m not sure that so much effort would be taken to ensure these two areas could co-exist together if there were plans to simply re-theme the original areas down the line anyway.

In fact, rumor has it that there will be a line spoken by Claire at the end of the VelociCoaster that will actually tie the ‘Park’ and ‘World’ areas together, creating some sort of cohesive explanation that ties it all up with a nice little bow.

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Indominus rex on Jurassic World: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

So, despite the incredibly impressive additions to Jurassic World: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, it sounds like those changes won’t be coming to Jurassic Park: River Adventure in Universal Orlando…. At least not any time soon, (and probably never).