Hold onto your butts: Universal Orlando shares details about Jurassic World VelociCoaster

New high-speed attraction opening summer 2021

Jurassic World VelociCoaster (Universal Orlando)

ORLANDO, Fla – As Samuel L. Jackson famously said in Jurassic Park, hold onto your butts -- Universal Orlando has a wild ride in store.

The theme park shared new details Monday on its newest attraction, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster.

Universal said the new ride will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster.

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In a press release, Universal said the ride was conceived and designed by the award-winning Universal creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.


Officials said guests will join the original cast of the films like Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing as Jurassic World unveils the next evolution of its “carnivore expansion:” the VelociCoaster. The entire attraction will span more than 4,700 feet of track.

Creators said the ride will feature a series of intense maneuvers including two pulse-pounding launches, one reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. Riders will go airborne as they reach a 155 feet “top hat” element before falling into a thrilling drop. The attraction will also feature a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll above the Islands of Adventure lagoon. Officials said that fans will feel the rush of the hunt as they race alongside a pack of raptors through jungle-like terrain.

The new attraction has been under construction for several months in the “Jurassic Park” themed area of Islands of Adventure.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster, opening Summer 2021 (WKMG-TV)

Last month guests at the theme park began noticing construction crews lifting giant statues of the famous dinosaurs into the attraction.

Universal has been revamping its dinosaur-themed land, which is currently the home to the Jurassic Park: River Adventure, Pteranodon Flyers and raptor encounter, which allows guests to come face-to-face with Blue, the velociraptor.

Raptor Encounter at Universal's Islands of Adventure (WKMG Clickorlando.com)

This will be the first major roller coaster added to Universal Orlando since the addition of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure last year.

Officials said the new species of roller coaster will open summer 2021.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster, opening Summer of 2021 (WKMG-TV)

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.