A look back at Universal’s new species of coaster

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort is planning for the huge day when its latest attraction, the Jurassic World Velocicoaster, opens to the general public.

When specialized rehearsals have been underway due to the fact early May possibly, the new roller coaster is scheduled to open up June 10. When the attraction opens formally, thrill-seekers will have the chance to soar 155 feet in the air and catapult up to 70 mph along with a ferocious Velociraptor pack.

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The attraction found at the Islands of Journey concept park will be Florida’s fastest and tallest start coaster.

For Universal followers, receiving to the attraction’s major opening day has felt like a million decades in the generating.

Research and advancement of the coaster has been four yrs in the making, but in general design took a small a lot more than two a long time.

“This coaster was just a squiggle on a piece of paper,” mentioned Shelby Honea, clearly show producer for Universal Innovative. “We required to make sure this was a thrill coaster, we needed to make certain we were being defending the environment — the lush progress we have right here at Universal’s Islands of Journey, and of course, you have to have teeth at a Jurassic Environment attraction, which is a challenge on a 70 mile per hour coaster.”

Common Orlando very first submitted permits to build the new attraction with the City of Orlando in May well 2018. At the time, it was dubbed Undertaking 791. Review of people designs by a variety of metropolis departments were accredited.


On Jan. 17, 2019, crews begin clearing house close to the very long-shut Triceratops Experience attraction, adjacent to the waterfront at Islands of Adventure.

Universal enthusiasts started to speculate what could be on the horizon for the region. A new trip or a lengthy awaited huge churro stand? The globe would have to wait around.

More fueling the speculation, Universal’s social crew took to Twitter with an impression of a little one dinosaur hatching with the caption that read through, “A star is born.”

The put up quite possibly hinted at the potential attraction or the success of the 2018 Warner Bro’s film, “A Star is Born,” which had just gained Academy Award excitement.

Construction walls went up with a Jurassic World symbol and a brief time afterwards items kiosks ended up moved.

Development walls in Jurassic Park in Jan. 2019 (McReynolds)

Common staff members were alerted the exact month by way of inside communications that a pedestrian bridge connecting the “Jurassic Park” and the Dropped Continent lands would be closing on Jan. 22, 2019.


Building in front of Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Feb. 23, 2019 (McReynolds)

For a number of months, clearing began all over the Jurassic Park Discovery Center in Islands of Journey. Not only did Common have to eliminate the previous Triceratops attraction, but they also experienced to eliminate the former Velociraptor Experience.

In late 2019, cranes arrived at the construction web site as clearing function wrapped up.

Development on Velocicoaster noticed on November 3, 2019. (McReynolds)

Building crews built sizeable groundwork on the coaster through the getaway time and into early 2020, but everything changed when Universal Orlando produced the selection to close its concept parks in March 2020 because of to the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 15, 2020, Universal closed its doors to attendees in an effort and hard work to stop the unfold of the coronavirus, but the closure didn’t halt building on the new attraction.

Officials stated get the job done continued less than health and fitness and basic safety protocols put in put.

In Could 2020, WKMG’s Sky 6 helicopter flew above the website to see crews earning sizeable development with the attraction’s monitor structure, station and numerous guidance beams. The 155-foot “top hat” element was also in its early stages of becoming constructed.


Jurassic Coaster at Common

Following months of being shut, Universal Orlando was specified the green mild by Orange County leaders to reopen underneath new overall health and safety protocols on June 5, 2020.

When company arrived, they could see the progress that had been created on the new attraction for the duration of the closure.

Velocicoaster building. June 13, 2020 (McReynolds)

When friends stepped inside of the park, they were being able to spot design crews building some of the spectacular immersions the coaster offers together. The raptor paddock walls had been in early stages alongside with some of the rock function.

Velocicoaster building. June 13, 2020 (McReynolds)

As the topic park continued to function below confined capability and new COVID-19 basic safety protocols, progress on the coaster continued.

In August, design crews attained a key milestone with the completion of the coaster’s 155-foot “top hat” ingredient. During the month, friends ended up stopped in their tracks as giant velociraptor statues were lifted, and at times rolled, into the design web page.


Sky 6 flies in excess of new coaster at Common

Late a single day in September, enthusiasts obtained the news they were being waiting for. The identify, the Jurassic Globe: Velocicoaster, was introduced. For the duration of that exact same time time period, officials confirmed off the first marketing artwork, information about the coaster and even shared an image of it at night time at Islands of Adventure.

Prior to the name reveal, Universal had only said the new experience was opening in summer season 2021.

Universal announces ‘Jurassic Environment VelociCoaster’ opening Summer 2021 (WKMG-Tv set)

The particulars arrived as the observe for the new attraction was at, or around completion.

Through September, the journey motor vehicles, which ended up wrapped in plastic, began undergoing screening on the accomplished coaster track.

Journey automobiles undergoing testing on the completed monitor. Sep. 20, 2020 (McReynolds)

In Oct, movie started to floor demonstrating the ride at its full prospective as officers commenced the first test operates.


Some admirers waited from afar to see the coaster rushing about its tallest position in the early early morning several hours.

Construction on Jurassic World: Velocicoaster on Oct. 22, 2020 (McReynolds)

By December 2020, momentum encompassing the coaster was commencing to make as Common gave admirers a to start with glimpse at the ride vehicles. The coaster’s autos are lined in a sleek light-weight blue and black color. Photographs also showed a scratch mark on the entrance conclude of the coaster and an Ingen and Jurassic Park brand on the sides.

With the start out of 2021, construction was being wrapped up and remaining specifics ended up staying added ahead of the summer season time.

News 6 flew in excess of the attraction to see the last work underway.

Video shows construction progress on new coaster at Islands of AdventureVideo displays construction development on new coaster at Islands of Experience

  • January: Attendees begin noticing development crews installing further statues of the prehistoric predators. Just one pair of Velociraptors could be viewed on major of the attraction’s entrance, whilst the other established is on major of pedestals in close proximity to the bridge that connects Jurassic Park to the Wizarding Globe of Harry Potter

Velocicoaster testing on March 6, 2021 (McReynolds)

  • March: A new remodeled bypass bridge from Jurassic Park to the Dropped Continent opened. It gave attendees a seem at the roller coaster. Company also obtained their to start with likelihood to see the wonderful Velociraptor statues that are sitting on pedestals
  • May perhaps: Universal commenced previews for its passholders on Might 2. For a range of times, during decide on situations, annual passholders ended up authorized to be among some of the initially to trip the attraction before its official grand opening. Just a few days adhering to the previews, Universal started technical rehearsals for the attraction for each day friends

Jurassic Globe: Velocicoaster on Might 3, 2021 (McReynolds)

On Thursday, June 10, thrill-seekers will have the prospect to soar 155 toes in the air and catapult up to 70 mph together with a ferocious Velociraptor pack as Universal Orlando Vacation resort opens Jurassic Entire world VelociCoaster – Florida’s quickest and tallest start coaster, located at the Islands of Experience theme park.


Jurassic Globe: Velocicoaster on June 9,2021 (McReynolds)

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