UPDATE: Universal today unveiled some more new details about its Jurassic World upgrade to the former Jurassic Park: The Ride, along with providing our first sneak peek at the new experience in commercial form.
Here’s what we now know: the attraction will be set during the first Jurassic World (released in June 2015), when the Indominus rex escapes her pen, and during this interruption of Jurassic World’s normal operations, guests will get the chance to see the “magnificent” Mosasaurus in her three-million-gallon aquarium observatory tank.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: When Universal announced that it was closing Jurassic Park: The Ride last May in order to make way for a brand-new upgrade themed to the Jurassic World (spinoff) franchise, the company contained lots of excitement in its press release – deploying such phrases as “state-of-the-art technology that includes elements never previously experienced within a theme park” – but had little in the way of any hard details.
All of that changes now.
Here’s what we now know: Jurassic World: The Ride will debut this summer, and it will bring along with it a slew of new dinosaurs and “lush” environments of dense vegetation from both Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). Even before guests board the newly-redesigned rafts, however, they’ll see just how much Universal has transformed the attraction, starting with the new landscaping stonework and the “contemporary redesign” of the iconic Jurassic pillars in the ride’s facade, and then progressing to the refreshed queue videos, which will contain various bits of information about all the dinosaurs that are about to be encountered.
Oh, yeah – those dinos. Universal has promised Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Velociraptors, and Dilophosaurus, which isn’t to mention the Tyrannosaurus rex, who now does battle with one of World‘s “behemoth” new creatures (our best bet? Why, the Indominus rex, of course). Some of these beasties will be stationed “just an arm’s length away,” according to Universal, which should provide the perfect opportunity for Jurassic World: The Ride’s brand-new audio-animatronics to be shown off. And, of course, the attraction’s legendary 84-foot drop will still serve as the watery climax to the proceedings, providing the only way for passengers to escape the T-rex’s fight to the death with his mysterious adversary.
Even more exciting than all this, however, is this little tidbit: the ride’s storyline will be entirely original (as opposed to attempting to recreate a particular scene or sequence from the films), and it’ll be set in the fictitious Jurassic World theme park that audiences have been introduced to on the big screen – perhaps a fitting replacement to Jurassic Park: The Ride, which opted to similarly carve new (aquatic) ground with its own source material.
Re-opening alongside the attraction will be other elements of the mini-land that were also shuttered last year, including a now-elaborately-themed Raptor Encounter starring Blue and her beta raptors and a renovated Dino Play children’s area, which will feature educational and excavation-themed experiences, among others. (It’s currently expected that Jurassic Cafe and Jurassic Outfitters, the eatery and gift shop attached to the old Jurassic Park area, will get the same upgrade in aesthetics and color.) Helping to supervise this grand evolution are none other than Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Frank Marshall, the filmmakers behind the Jurassic World trilogy.
Jurassic World: The Ride opens summer 2019.
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