Universal Orlando Reveals More Details and Hints at Opening of Jurassic World VelociCoaster
Universal Orlando says an announcement is coming soon and that we’ll be able to experience the Jurassic World VelociCoaster in just a few months.
In a new interview with two members of Universal Creative behind the new roller coaster, we’re learning more about how the attraction went from conception to reality in just a few short years.
According to Gregory Hall and Shelby Honea, the Art Director and Show Producer of the project, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be more than just a roller coaster.
They say that the story for the attraction, as well as its place within the Jurassic film series canon, was very important to them while designing the new ride.
“Everything is there for a reason,” Greg says. “The whole team made sure that every element makes the whole experience better for the guest. Whether it’s upping the safety or the storyline — everything about this ride has multiple purposes..”
The ride designers even met with filmmakers Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg to run concepts by them and get their blessing. Greg recounts Spielberg’s reaction to seeing the design for the coaster train for the first time:
“There was this moment when we were going through everything,” Greg starts. “And he says, ‘Stop; is that really what the ride vehicle is going to look like?’ And so we pause and I look at Shelby, back at him and say ‘Yes, that’s what it looks like.’ And then he goes, ‘I absolutely love it! It looks so modern.’ Shelby and I both took a big sigh.”
“The challenge of taking a coaster and elevating it to meet the immersive levels that Islands of Adventure demands was such a compelling challenge to me,” Shelby says. “Jurassic World’s involvement was the spark for me to really know that this was going to be so much more than ‘just a coaster.’”
The VelociCoaster will reach a maximum speed of 70 mph across 1,556 meters of track and feature four inversions, two launches, an inverted zero-gravity stall, and a 155-foot tall top hat with a 140-foot drop.
It will use a lap bar that is lowered into place and not a shoulder restraint, despite going upside-down. Universal Orlando has confirmed that the height requirement for the attraction will be a minimum of 51 inches tall.
Work has been continuing in recent days as additional dinosaur figures have been added to the site, and the ride even started testing with real people.
Universal says we’re “just a few months between now and the opening of the coaster” and that an announcement is coming soon!
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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.