Universal Orlando has officially announced the Jurassic World VelociCoaster; sharing first details and concept art on what will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster when it opens at Islands of Adventure in 2021.
This “new species of roller coaster” touts a series of intense maneuvers that will send guests catapulting up to 70 mph and more than 150 feet in the air with the swiftest of prehistoric predators.
The coaster will feature an original story that expands upon the thrills, dinosaurs, and environments fans have seen on the big screen. Guests will join the original cast of the films – Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing and BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu – as Jurassic World unveils the next evolution of its “carnivore expansion”: the VelociCoaster, where riders embark on a high-speed chase and feel the rush of the hunt while racing alongside a nimble Velociraptor pack.
Spanning more than 4,700 feet of track and reaching heights of up to 155 feet, the coaster’s signature maneuvers will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel rolling just inches above water, speeding through near-misses and launches within the paddock, and more…with just a lap restraint holding them in place.
Other stats and details touted by Universal include:
- Accelerate through two pulse-pounding launches, the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds
- Encounter a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon
- Experience a zero-gravity inverted stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track in a jaw-dropping maneuver that is the first of its kind
- Go airborne during the towering “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80 degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet
- Brace for a total of 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime – the thrilling sensation of weightlessness riders feel when they’re lifted from their seats – throughout the entire adventure
Universal also confirms that although the new attraction will be inspired by Jurassic World, the land will remain as Jurassic Park. However, they do tease that guests can “satisfy their cravings” with all-new delectable food items inspired by Isla Nublar – so it looks like we can expect some new menu items soon.
More details about the coaster will be revealed in the months ahead.
Stay tuned to Inside Universal for all the latest on the new coaster and other news around the Universal Parks & Resorts.