Velocicoaster Opening “Few Months” Away, Walls Down, Human Test Runs, and More Details Appear.


The Jurassic World Velocicoaster at Universal Studios Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park continues to make big advances towards the public having their first go at riding! The Intamin-built roller coaster is now scheduled to open in a few months, with lots of new details going up in the immediate area. Let’s take a look at what has changed recently in Jurassic Park.

Film crews were spotted earlier this week in Islands of Adventure, with a familiar face that some may recognize from Universal Orlando commercials sitting in the front row. A small segment filmed on Jurassic Park pathways just outside the Velocicoaster has already aired on local Orlando stations as of 1/27/21.

Universal Orlando has also released a few more statistics on the ride as well:

The Jurassic World Velocicoaster is 1,556 meters long and features plenty of new-style elements. “It has four inversions, two launches, something called an “inverted zero-gravity stall,” a 155-foot tall “top hat” with a 140-foot drop at eight degrees, and all this with only lap-bar restraints on the vehicles.” -Universal Orlando. The attraction also features a 360-degree barrel roll perfectly centered in front of the Discovery Center.

Most work walls have been removed around the enclosed first turn out of the station, making the pathway much wider.

Universal Orlando has also stated that there is “just a few months between now and the opening of the coaster (announcement coming soon!).” Other details around the area have also been uncovered:

Another view of the work walls down at the entrance to the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.
A waterfall has been turned on inside the Paddock area.
A vehicle with lights on goes through the first element, an Immelmann loop. The waterfall can also be seen (behind the number 3), riders will pass by this during the first launch and pass over it before the entry of the second launch.
Riders will fly by multiple raptors while riding.
You are greeted by two Raptor statues as you enter the newly re-done front of the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.
The train at the top of the 140-foot drop. The biggest drop on the attraction.
A 360-degree barrel roll. Headlights on the lead car can be seen if you look closely.

A video of the testing action and a walk-around the front half of the ride can be found below.

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