Jurassic World VelociCoaster will open on June 10, Universal Orlando announced Tuesday.
The ride, billed as Florida’s tallest and fastest launch coaster, has been taking shape along the Islands of Adventure waterfront for several years. Universal is sticking to its original summer 2021 opening window despite the ride being seen testing for months.
“This all-new species of roller coaster was conceived and designed by the award-winning Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment – bringing to life a new ‘Jurassic World’ story that combines the epic thrills and popular characters from the blockbuster film franchise with jaw-dropping roller coaster maneuvers,” Universal said in a press release.
“Jurassic World” cast members Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong reprise their roles in the attraction, which is themed after the films’ raptor paddock.
Along 4,700 feet of track, the coaster features two launches — including one hitting 70 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds — and a 155-foot-tall “top hat” that sends riders into an 80-degree drop.
VelociCoaster was manufactured by Intamin, the same coaster firm behind Universal’s last coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Universal has aimed to avoid the technical problems that plagued Hagrid’s with a much longer test-and-adjust period for VelociCoaster.
Early soft openings are not out of the question, however, given Universal’s past history. The resort’s 2018 addition, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, was originally supposed to debut on May 3 of that year. The attraction began soft openings on April 14 and ran reliably enough to be declared officially open ahead of schedule on April 23.
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