Guests of Universal Orlando’s newest thrill ride, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, were not only treated to manageable waits on its opening day, but also a free churro.
The Jurassic World VelociCoaster had its official grand opening yesterday, June 10th. This was originally meant to tie into the theatrical release of the latest film in the franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, but that movie’s release date has been pushed back until 2022 due to the pandemic.
Guests started arriving around 5:00 AM, more than 90 minutes before they would even be allowed to park their cars. By 7:00 AM they were already being queued up by the entrance to the Islands of Adventure theme park.
Shortly before 8:00 AM everyone was let into the park, an hour before the park’s posted opening time. Despite reports that the coaster may be delayed until 10:00 AM due to filming for The Today Show, the first regular guests were on the ride before 9:00 AM.
And to everyone’s surprise, every guest departing the ride was given a free churro.
This move may have been related to an ongoing joke from the last year. When asked what they were building, Universal’s social media team would often respond with, “just a churro stand.”
Throughout the day the wait time for the brand new roller coaster, which boasts speeds of up to 70 mph, four inversions, and two launches, remained around two hours or less.
Despite many guests having already ridden VelociCoaster in recent weeks during previews, including locals and annual passholders, many still came out for the grand opening, with some re-riding multiple times due to the reasonable wait times.
Guests can check the official Universal Orlando app any time to see what the current wait time is for the attraction. There is a Single Rider line, but it may close periodically as it fills up.
Some guests were comparing this “successful” grand opening to other recent openings, such as Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, located in the same park, which saw much longer lines and slower waits when it opened two years ago.
Other guests mentioned the frustrations of recent openings at Disney Parks, where you’re required to reserve a hard-to-get “Boarding Group” to ride—where even if you are able to snag one, you can only experience the attraction once per day.
One thing seems pretty clear, Universal Orlando appears to have a pretty popular “Churro Stand” at the Islands of Adventure theme park, and guests are likely going to be flocking to it all summer.