Check out the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster in Orlando


ORLANDO, Florida – Universal Studios in Orlando will open the Jurassic World VelociCoaster to the public on Thursday morning. You let some guests ride along during a technical run.

It’s Florida’s tallest and fastest launch coaster and even has the blessing of Steven Spielberg, executive producer of Jurassic World.

TA Walker tries out the new roller coaster

“You start at 80 mph right next to these birds of prey in this beautiful, immersive habitat,” said Shelby Honea, show producer for the roller coaster.

“I mean, it’s just this immersive environment where you’re not just sitting on a roller coaster, but while you’re being chased by raptors that you’re hunting, it’s a lot more fun,” said Deb Buynak, VP of Entertainment .

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The theme of the ride is based on ‘Jurrasic World’s Raptor’s Paddock’. “We see this in the first Jurassic World movie, so it gave us as designers a really fun world to play in,” said Honea.

The team worked with the film studios that made the films to understand Jurassic’s creative canon. “Yes [it was] very unique because we know there is no such thing as a roller coaster movie, ”said Gregory Hall, roller coaster art director.

“So we got together with the filmmakers and talked to them a bit about whether it would be crazy if they put a roller coaster in the Raptor paddock and it made perfect sense in the cannon. It definitely feels like a deleted scene. ” the excitement you’d expect from a Jurassic franchise, “said Honea.

Get up close with a raptor

And got the support of an A-list celebrity producer. “Steven Spielberg himself gave a blessing you know when we spoke to him and showed them everything we had and you know he was excited about the new things that were in the queue,” Hall said .

And when Hall told his family that his work was praised in Hollywood. “Oh, they jumped up and down like you were scoring a goal at a soccer game, your mom is just crazy.”


Janet Smith