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Jurassic World VelociCoaster launches at Universal Orlando

Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Florida’s fastest, tallest and most intense launch coaster, has opened at Universal Orlando‘s Islands of Adventure.

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Jurassic World VelociCoaster is a new thrill ride at Universal Orlando that sends riders into an immersive dinosaur habitat at speeds of up to 70mph across more than 4,700 feet of track.

VelociCoaster is the world’s first coaster based on Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. It features an 80-degree drop and steep inclines, and is one of the most ambitious roller coasters ever designed.

It was conceived by Universal Creative in partnership with filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

According to a release from Universal, fans who previewed the ride ahead of the opening described it as “unmatched”, “a beast of a coaster”, “relentless”, and “hands down, the best coaster ever”.

Florida’s fastest, tallest launch coaster

VelociCoaster features an original storyline that stars the Velociraptor pack comprised of Blue, Echo, Delta and Charlie.

Visitors are immersed in a Jurassic World-themed environment, with 36,000 square feet of rockwork, a giant waterfall and lush jungle vegetation.

The coaster takes riders through the raptor paddock before a series of extreme manoeuvres and high-speed launches that culminate in a 360-degree inversion above the lagoon.

Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong reprised their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr Henry Wu for the VelociCoaster.

VelociCoaster ride statistics:

  • No brakes until the end
  • Universal’s fastest roller coaster
  • No slowing down
  • More airtime than any other Universal coaster
  • Several inversions
  • Dive loop where riders rotate upside down
  • Inverted stall where riders flip upside down
  • Speed barrel roll at around 50mph

Jurassic World VelociCoaster can be found at the immersive Jurassic Park land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This includes the Jurassic Park River Adventure raft ride and Raptor Encounter.

Universal Studios Hollywood added an Indominus rex to Jurassic World – The Ride. The dino spans nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and features fluid motions and synchronised movements.

Images: Universal

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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