After being able to ride Universal Orlando's newest attraction The Velocicoaster this weekend during an Annual Passholder Preview, it left me thinking how immersive this area of the park really is for those Jurassic Park/World fans. So we spent sometime in this part of Islands of Adventure and came up with five great ways those fans can really live their best Jurassic life!
1. ENJOY THE THEMING
The moment you walk through those iconic "Jurassic Park" gates you are completely immersed in the theming of it all. Surrounded by the jungle, immediately hearing that iconic theme-song, and even witnessing fossil imprints on the ground beneath your feet, you will truly feel you are part of the movie. Make your way through the land all while taking in the sights and sounds of it all.
2. VISIT A RAPTOR
Stop by Raptor Encounter and meet Blue from Jurassic World or their new baby Raptor, Sierra. One of the great perks of visiting this area is that they allow you to safely take off your mask for the photo opportunity as long as you are 6 feet away from the Raptor and it's handler! A little tip for you, make sure to remain calm around Sierra, although she looks cute and harmless, she can really sense your level of fear!
3. PLAY A JURASSIC PARK MIDWAY GAME
Are you competitive? Stop by the carnival type game area in Jurassic Park and test your luck with games such as Dinosaur Dash Up, InGen Egg Nursery, Jurassic Park Animal Control Training Zone with DNA Sequencing and Target Training areas, and Hammond's Hot Shots. Win yourself a cuddly plush creature, toys, and other neat dino-themed prizes to bring back home!
4. HAVE A MEAL
There are a few great Quick Service dining areas that offer a variety of food options. Our personal favorite is Thunder Falls. It is perfect for those of you looking for something a little different than the normal burger and fries. This restaurant offers an array of rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, smoked turkey legs, soups, salads, and more. It is also right next door to the Jurassic Park River Adventure. If you do not want to sit inside, you can grab a seat outdoors and watch guests plummet down the 85 foot drop all while enjoying your meal. You can even sip on a glass of wine or your favorite beer here while taking a break from the park crowds.
5. GATHER YOUR COURAGE AND RIDE THE VELOCICOASTER
I would be lying if I told you this ride did not slightly terrify me. But I made a commitment to ride it in the line of duty and boy, am I glad I did! We will keep the information about the coaster spoiler free since it does not officially open until June 10th, 2021 but we can say this, it is one of the fastest tallest launch coasters we have ever ridden before. The story behind the coaster starts in the queue. Film stars Chris Pratt (Owen Grady), Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Daring) and BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu) reprise their roles on video screens through out your wait on line. Fans of Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum should also keep their eyes peeled for those neat Easter eggs referencing their characters in the queue as well.
While we only stuck with five reasons to visit the Jurassic Park area in Islands of Adventure surely the list of reasons to visit goes on and on. It is also worth mentioning if you have little fans of the Jurassic brand you can even book a Jurassic World Kids Suite at Loews Royal Pacific. When your kids lay down in bed, they'll feel as if they’ve stepped right into their very own gyrosphere ride, maneuvering through the jungle terrain. This would make your vacation a true Jurassic themed adventure
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