The New Jurassic Park Raft Ride Will Have An 84ft Waterfall
Universal Studios Hollywood has revealed plans for a new Jurassic Park raft ride, which will have an 84ft waterfall.
Set to open in the summer, the new, updated ride will replace the theme park's last one, which closed down in September 2018 after 22 years in operation.
Based on the film franchise, 'Jurassic World - The Ride' is said to be more 'immersive'. Once aboard the raft, theme park visitors will be taken through a jungle themed maze of dense vegetation, where they'll come face to face with various dinosaurs from the films.
According to Universal, they'll be taken past the gentler dinos, such as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus, but then will be hunted down by more aggressive ones, like Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus, apparently 'turning guests from spectators to prey'.
The only way they can escape will be to drop down a huge 84ft waterfall at the end of the ride.
Taking on more of a narrative than the first one, the ride will take guests through a new Raptor Encounter area where they'll be able to interact with Blue and her beta Raptors.
The last Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood opened in 1996, after the success of the film in 1993. It had anamatronic dinosaurs and a soundtrack by film composer John Williams, but as you'd expect, it was probably due an upgrade.
When the park announced its closure last year, hardcore fans waited up to three hours to experience it one last time
The original ride remains open at the Universal Studies in Orlando and Osaka.
The most recent of the films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - came out in June last year, and it had one scene that left viewers feeling gutted for the gentle giant of the dinosaur world, the Brachiosaurus. The scene sees the dinosaur, the first one to ever be spotted in the original, left stranded by an erupted volcano, waiting for its inevitable death.
The film's director J.A. Bayona, told the Hollywood Reporter at the time that it represented the tying up of 25 years of movies, saying the scene was symobolic of the end of the franchise.
He said: "That scene represents the ending of a dream that started 25 years ago. You are telling the ending of that island and the ending of that dream."
It looks like that isn't the case though, as it's been confirmed that the release date of Jurassic World 3 is set for June 2021.
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