Universal Studios’ Jurassic World: The Ride details have been revealed. The Jurassic Park franchise has grown and evolved over the years, reimagined as Jurassic World with the release of 2015’s mega-blockbuster of the same name. The new series is intended as a trilogy, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom having been released in 2018 and a third film due for release in June of 2021.
From the moment Jurassic Park was released in 1993, the film’s excitement and groundbreaking CG effects blew audiences away. Universal had a bona fide blockbuster on its hands, though there was no way of knowing at the time just how big the series would become. Three years after the film made its mark, however, Jurassic Park: The Ride was opened at Universal Studios Hollywood. Construction began on the ride during the film’s production and by 1996, Jurassic Park was well entrenched in the cinematic zeitgeist, allowing Universal to open similar variations of the popular attraction at its theme parks in Japan, Singapore, and Florida.
With the birth of a new Jurassic Park series in 2015, Universal realized that their theme park ride was also in need of being re-imagined. The end result is Jurassic World: The Ride, which is set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. According to a Universal press release, the new attraction is being overseen by a host of key players, including the award-winning crews at Universal Creative and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), as well as Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World series producer Frank Marshall, and director Colin Trevorrow.
The new and improved ride boasts new jungle environments, as well as some new animatronic dinosaurs that fans will remember from the Jurassic World films. Describing the aesthetics of the revamped attraction as “dramatically enhanced,” Universal has updated the entry to the ride, redesigning the park’s stone pillars - complete with billowing flames – and adding a large Jurassic World logo. Plenty of video information on the dinosaurs in the park will be broadcast to guests lining up, and the ride itself features redesigned rafts that will transport guests through the park’s lush environments. As the journey progresses, various dinosaur inhabitants turn menacing, before an angry T-Rex and one of Jurassic World’s new dinosaurs begin to do battle with one another. At this point, guests’ rafts will plummet down an 84-foot waterfall in order to escape. The park also contains a “Raptor Encounter” area and an interactive “Dino Play” educational area for children of all ages.
From the sound of things, this new take on Universal’s dino-centric ride will continue to delight fans and adventure seekers. If there is an issue to be raised with the updated attraction, it’s that it perhaps hasn’t changed enough. The original Jurassic Park ride also culminated with an 84-foot drop and offered numerous animatronic dinosaurs from the first film. Some might feel slightly let down by the fact that the ride wasn’t given a complete concept overhaul to match the expectations of a new generation of fans and dinosaur lovers. Still, the new animatronic dinosaurs and environments could feel far more immersive and real than those of its predecessor, so for that reason alone, Jurassic World: The Ride might end up offering some highly unique and fascinating thrills.
Source: Universal Studios
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