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Universal Studios Hollywood holds soft opening for Jurassic World – The Ride

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Universal Studios Hollywood has held the soft opening of Jurassic World – The Ride, which is replacing the former Jurassic Park – The Ride with groundbreaking tech and special effects.

Universal tested the ride last week, with fans posting their experiences of it on social media. However, the theme park is yet to announce a press event or official opening date for Jurassic World – The Ride.

The park confirmed on Twitter: “Jurassic World – The Ride is currently in ‘technical rehearsals’. Please note, rehearsals are subject to delay, closure or cancellation without notice.”

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong return to their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr Henry Wu for the innovative new ride.

Featuring groundbreaking technology and special effects with new dinosaurs from the film, Jurassic World – The Ride has been updated with a new indoor aquarium for the Mosasaurus.

Universal Creative teamed up with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) on the Mosasaurus, who can be seen in a realistic underwater environment using state-of-the-art visual effects and technology.

Once aboard the new rafts, guests will navigate the landscape, meeting dinosaurs including the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus, and predators including Velociraptors and the Dilophosaurus.

Jurassic World—The Ride will have an original storyline that takes place within Universal Studios Hollywood on the day the Indominus rex escapes.

At the end of the ride, the Tyrannosaurus rex and the Indominus rex meet for a showdown. In a recent TV spot, the predators are seen invading Universal Studios’ movie studio backlot.

Located next to the attraction will be a new Raptor Encounter where Blue, the Velociraptor from the Jurassic World franchise, and her beta Raptors will meet guests.

Meet the Mosasaurus in her giant aquarium

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Meanwhile, a new interactive Dino Play will invite children of all ages to take part in excavations and look at giant dinosaur fossils.

Images: Universal Studios Hollywood

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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