Jurassic World VelociCoaster Adds More Raptors While Preparing for Summer Opening
Set to open this summer, Universal Orlando’s newest roller coaster just doubled its dinosaur count in one day!
Currently finishing up construction, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster has been announced to be opening this summer at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The new coaster will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster, reaching a top speed of 70 mph and a maximum height of 155 feet.
Over the weekend this exciting new attraction got a bit more ferocious as workers brought in four raptor-shaped statues to add to the area. Two of these dynamically-posed statues were quickly installed above the ride’s future entrance, while the other two were placed atop pedestals along the pathway into the new ride’s courtyard area.
These new raptor statues are different from the four dinosaur figures that were previously installed on the actual ride itself. Looking at their color where the wrap has been removed along their feet, we can see that these figures are meant to look like man-made statues, whereas the dinos on the ride are painted more realistically. The figures on the ride may also be larger than their entry area statue counterparts.
And speaking of the realistic raptor figures on the ride, their protective plastic was recently removed, revealing their final designs. As had been speculated previously, these four raptors are designed to look like the raptors from the Jurassic World film: Blue, Charlie, Echo and Delta.
These figures are placed near the track on the first half of this new roller coaster. Aerial photography from user Bioreconstruct on Twitter gives us a good view of all four of these dinosaurs, but if you stand in just the right spot outside of the coaster area, you can sneak a peek of Blue from the ground!
While the VelociCoaster is officially set to open this summer, many are wondering whether or not we could see it open sooner — or at very least, whether it could soft open to guests sometime in the spring.
They have been testing the ride, with trains zooming around the track nearly every day, for several weeks now. Construction around the site appears to be winding down as well. Lately, the lighting packages have been testing, both on the trains and for scenic elements around the ride. It’s rumored we may even start to hear sound effects testing next month!
In addition to the four raptors we can see on the ride, which many believe will be stationary figures, there are rumors for additional raptors visible in the queue. Unlike the ones seen outside, the ones for the queue are rumored to be animatronic and include some sort of movement. These rumors have not yet been confirmed though.
We may not have to wait long to learn more about what exactly awaits us in the queue, as well as the rest of the Jurassic World VelociCoaster ride itself. Whether we get a chance to ride it in a few months as part of previews, or some time during the summer when it officially opens, 2021 at Universal Orlando certainly is the year of the RAPTOR.
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Alicia is a lifelong Floridian and has been visiting the Orlando theme parks since the age of 3. Her years of experience, both working at and exploring theme parks, allows her a unique perspective for helping others plan and get the most out of their own visits to the Orlando parks.