With the opening of Jurassic World VelociCoaster just weeks away, there is truly little else on my mind. So whether you’re like me and have literal dreams of what it will be like to ride for the first time, if you’re just now learning about all things VelociCoaster, or somewhere in between — I’m here to catch you up and hype you up on this new species of roller coaster opening June 10th in Universal Islands of Adventure.
The coaster is first and foremost a thrill ride.
The team developing Jurassic World VelociCoaster initially set out to bring a new thrill ride into Universal Islands of Adventure. And boy did they hit the mark with this ride! It has four inversions, two exhilarating launches, a one-of-a-kind 360-degree barrel roll right above the lagoon, an inverted zero-gravity stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track, and a 155-foot tall “top hat” with a 140-foot drop at eighty degrees. Hold onto your butts, am I right??
The adrenaline will be nonstop.
Once you’re strapped in and VelociCoaster starts going, you are in for over 2 minutes of nonstop adrenaline spanning more than 4,700 feet of ride track. The ride has no brakes until it’s over, which means you get no breaks until it’s over. It doesn’t even slow down! In fact, it actually speeds up; the second half of the ride is faster than its first, so it ups its own game throughout the entire experience.
The environment will add to the thrill.
Surrounding VelociCoaster are a whole slew of incredible foliage, plant species, and rockwork that don’t only fully immerse you in the jungle setting of Jurassic World, but literally make the ride more thrilling. The team working to combine the roller coaster and the environment (including the 36,000 square feet of rockwork) aimed to make it feel like the attraction itself has teeth.
BONUS: The environment will also add to the convenience. VelociCoaster offers the first ever dual-sided lockers at Universal Orlando Resort. You will be directed in by Mr. DNA himself to one side of the lockers to drop off your belongings after having been through most of the queue (don’t worry — we know you want to snap those pictures of the Raptors!). And then, after the ride, you’ll head to a whole other area that holds the other side of the lockers so you can retrieve your belongings easily!
The coaster and Raptor Encounter will tie together.
Once VelociCoaster opens, you’ll really be able to see a full story thread throughout both attractions. It will be very clear that the new Raptor Encounter paddock exists because the handlers are trying to train the Raptors to deal with the various elements of the park and that story continues to some degree in VelociCoaster.
You’re going to want to ride in both the front row and the back row at least once.
’Cause they’re unique experiences either way! If you’re sitting in the front row, you will experience extreme air time as you ride over the top of the top hat. And in the back row of the train, you will experience extreme air time as you get pulled down over the 80 degree drop on the other side of the top hat. Either way, you’re getting extreme air time!
It is going to be so much more than a coaster.
While the team developing the ride was always committed to making sure adrenaline and thrill were at the forefront, in order for VelociCoaster to truly stand out, they knew they needed to also pull in the unique environment of the Jurassic World franchise wherever they could. This happens through horticulture, through the Velociraptors you’ll be racing on the ride, and all the rockwork and elements in the paddock. You will literally be eye-to-eye with dinosaurs, so yes, there is thrill being delivered on several different levels.
There are a handful of hidden gems to keep an eye out for.
I won’t spoil them all for you because half the fun is trying to find them yourself, but. I’d recommend keeping an eye out for a book by Dr. Ellie Sattler, taking a closer look at the attraction posters throughout the queue, and maybe even some nods to classic Islands of Adventure attractions.
VelociCoaster will be the first Jurassic World ride at Universal Orlando Resort.
VelociCoaster takes place shortly before the events of the first Jurassic World film. Claire Dearing has been instructed by her boss Simon Masrani to add “more teeth” to the park. Work has started on the Indominus rex, but VelociCoaster is the first step while that exhibit is in development. This is the first time in UOR history that the Velociraptors are front and center for an attraction. For that reason, the Raptor Pack — Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo — are the stars. Speaking of the stars…
There are so many incredible facts surrounding the Raptors of VelociCoaster.
So many in fact, we’re writing a blog just about them! Keep an eye on our blog here and be sure to stay up-to-date on all the news and details about VelociCoaster.
Share in the comments below what you’re most excited about for your first, second, third, sixty-six millionth time riding Jurassic World VelociCoaster. And we’ll see you there on June 10th!
Well yesterday was all about the screaming. Only when I got off I realised I hadn’t looked around me to take in all the environment! June 10 I will definitely be doing that! Love this ride so much. The best thing I’ve ever ridden. Oh and the queue…just incredible. Looking forward to finding the hidden gems next time too
Wow! We were able to ride at the Passholder Preview and what an amazing coaster it was! Our girls rode in the front row and my husband and I rode in row 12. The coaster rides very smoothly (like riding on butter!), but the track itself is full of so many twists and turns. I easily get headaches on coasters and this one didn’t do that at all! However, it was so intense that my legs were shaking for quite a while afterwards! The first half of the coaster seems like a very traditional coaster, but as soon as you go through that second launch, it’s like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. UOR has done an excellent job with this and I can’t wait to see what they do next!
That was a really fun article to read, thanks for the info on Velocicoaster!
Hi Bev! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! We can’t wait to see you again soon!
I was blessed to ride it front row on Monday. BRAVO UO for doing it all right on this!
Glad you enjoyed it, John!
Hi Belky! We can’t wait to see you in July! We recommend checking our website closer to your visit for any updates regarding our operations.
Amazing coaster team! Our family loved it (rode in the Passholder preview and soft open) Keep up the great work and loving these additions to Jurassic park – keep them coming!
There has been so much hype around this ride…and it does NOT disappoint. Great airtime, great inversions, amazing theming, awesome layout. And (unlike The Hulk) it’s really smooth. Also, with only a lap bar holding you in place, the airtime and heartline roll are even more intense. Seriously, I rode this two weeks ago during the soft opening and it’s STILL on my mind. Oh — and the two-sided locker system is great, IF you remember the color code for your locker. (My group didn’t, but it’s really easy to find out.).
Already rode it, Floridians have have been riding it for three weeks now, we have been in it 8 times, best rollercoaster ride ever. Absolutely amazing lost my voice and it felt like it would never stop.
🌎’s above Disney. Yes, even EPCOT!!!
You’re not wrong, Jerome.
Our first trip to Universal a year ago my son would not ride the Velocicoaster (he loved Flight of the Hippogriff). This year he rode the Velocicoaster six times in two days (and on the second day wanted the first row!) Amazing ride! I usually refuse rides that turn you upside down, but even I loved it, especially the low barrel row over the water! Thanks Universal!!!
That is amazing to hear, Stephanie! Jurassic World VelociCoaster truly is dino-mite!