Do you have a dinosaur fan in your family that loves all things Jurassic Park?
We’re talking classic and new Jurassic Park series – Welcome to the Ultimate Jurassic Park Day at Universal Orlando Resort, where guests of all ages are transported to a realm where dinosaurs rule the land. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey that blends cutting-edge technology, heart-pounding thrills, and the iconic wonder of Jurassic Park.
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Enter Jurassic Park
As you step through the towering gates, the lush landscapes of Isla Nublar surround you, echoing with the roars and calls of long-extinct creatures along with the sounds of the iconic theme song. Whether you’re an avid paleontology enthusiast or a thrill-seeking adventurer, the Ultimate Jurassic Park Day promises an experience like no other, combining the magic of cinema with the interactivity of a theme park.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a destination that promises to transport you to a world of wonder and thrills. Get ready to start your day on a journey that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the past and a sense of awe that will stay with you long after you’ve left the land of the dinosaurs behind.
Beginning your day of adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure takes a thrilling turn with the roaring excitement of the newest gem in the park’s crown: the VelociCoaster. With the primal calls of dinosaurs echoing in the distance, you make your way to the VelociCoaster, a marvel of engineering and imagination that promises to redefine the coaster experience. If you thought you knew coasters, Velocicoaster will truly ruin you for roller coasters for ever.
Strapping into the sleek and futuristic coaster trains, you feel a surge of excitement and a touch of nervous energy. The launch sequence is a burst of acceleration that pins you back into your seat, propelling you into a world of twists, turns, and inversions that defy gravity. The VelociCoaster boasts an impressive array of elements, from a jaw-dropping 360-degree barrel roll to a towering top hat that sends you soaring high above the park. The coaster’s agility is awe-inspiring as it navigates swift changes in direction and speeds that leave the wind whipping past you.
Don’t lose an ankle to a velociraptor!
As you plummet through heart-stopping drops and race through a series of inversions, you can’t help but be amazed by the sheer intensity and artistry of the VelociCoaster. The sensation of speed, the rush of air, and the immersive world-building all come together to create a symphony of thrills that leaves you breathless and craving for more.
Meet a Real Life Dinosaur
Yes, that’s right! You can meet a real dinosaur in Universal’s Islands of Adventure! It’s real and it certainly looks like a dinosaur. You may think it’s just an animatronic, that’s for little kids. Not this animatronic! It looks and sounds and snaps at you just like a real creature.
But be prepared for a spine-tingling thrill, for Blue’s wild instincts are never far from the surface. Just when you least expect it, she may lunge forward with a snap, her razor-sharp teeth mere inches from your outstretched hand. The screams of excitement and surprise from fellow guests around you are genuine, a testament to the authenticity of the experience. It’s a calculated dance between fear and fascination, a momentary glimpse into the untamed world of the velociraptors.
The animatronic meet and greet with Blue and her baby creates an unparalleled connection between visitors and the ancient creatures that have captured our imaginations for generations. It’s a mesmerizing blend of cutting-edge technology, masterful storytelling, and the raw thrill of encountering these awe-inspiring creatures up close. As you leave the encounter, heart still racing and adrenaline coursing through your veins, you can’t help but feel a newfound appreciation for the majesty and mystery of the prehistoric world.
Camp Jurassic at Universal Studios Florida is a hidden gem for families seeking adventure. Tucked away in the prehistoric corner of Islands of Adventure, this interactive playground takes you on a thrilling journey back in time.
As you step into this lush Jurassic world, you’ll encounter towering waterfalls, mysterious caves, and even a raptor encounter. But it’s not all about the sights; kids can climb and explore to their heart’s content, making it a dino-sized playground paradise. This attraction is a must-visit for young explorers and their parents, offering a great mix of education and entertainment. Camp Jurassic guarantees a roaring good time for all ages, and you might just leave feeling like a true paleontologist.
For families with young adventurers, the journey through Jurassic Land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure takes an enchanting turn as you discover the whimsical Pteranodon Flyers attraction.
The Pteranodon Flyers is a unique high-flying swinging attraction designed exclusively for the tiniest explorers, those who measure 36″ or smaller and their parent or guardian. As you and your youngling prepare to take flight, you’ll notice that the attraction’s intricate design and safety measures ensure a secure and comfortable experience for both child and parent or guardian.
Boarding the Pteranodon Flyers is an adventure in itself. The attraction’s gentle swaying motion and the awe-inspiring views of Jurassic Land create an ambiance of wonder and excitement. As you soar through the skies, suspended beneath the massive wings of a lifelike Pteranodon, you’ll find yourself caught in a dance of movement and discovery. The breeze tousling your hair, the panoramic vistas unfolding before you, and the joyful laughter of your youngling create an unforgettable bonding experience that will be cherished for years to come.
Don’t ask us why there is the height restriction. If you’re on an adult-only trip, or one with older kids, you’re going to have to walk on by. Parties MUST have a child 36” or below to ride. Why this is weird is because an adult also has to ride with them, so adults can fit. So, if you’re looking to do everything in Jurassic Park, make sure you have a child with you!
Lunch: Thunder Falls Restaurant
With the midday sun bearing down, the refreshing option of mobile ordering awaits. A modern touch in this prehistoric setting, mobile ordering allows you to skip the line and maximize your time in this immersive world. As you peruse the menu, your senses are captivated by the diverse array of dishes inspired by the flavors of the past and the present.
A standout recommendation that has garnered the hearts of many visitors is the Rotisserie Chicken Citrus Salad. A fusion of flavors, the tender rotisserie chicken mingles with vibrant greens, zesty citrus, and an array of fresh ingredients that invigorate your taste buds. Each bite is a symphony of textures and tastes, an ode to the culinary craftsmanship that Thunder Falls is known for. 10/10, highly recommend!
After placing your order, step inside for a blast of blessed air conditioning. If you would rather stay outdoors, you can still cool off by eating around the back of the restaurant. This area faces the big drop of Jurassic Park River Adventure. (Don’t worry, more on that later!) The cool, misty breeze will keep you cooled off and the anticipation of whether or not you’ll get soaked is as invigorating as it is rejuvenating!
The Watering Hole is a refreshing oasis for park-goers seeking respite from the Florida heat. Nestled amidst the lush, prehistoric landscape, this delightful spot offers not only a place to cool off but also a chance to immerse yourself in the world of dinosaurs. It’s the perfect spot to recharge and soak in the unique ambiance of Jurassic Park.
Pizza Predatoria is a tasty retreat for those exploring the dino-filled wonders of the park. Nestled in this prehistoric landscape, it’s not your ordinary pizza joint. With every slice, you’re transported back in time to an era of colossal creatures. Whether you’re savoring a slice of their “Pterodactyl Pepperoni” or a “Tyrannosaurus Veggie,” Pizza Predatoria offers a delicious break from the excitement.
Jurassic Park Discovery Center
Calling all devoted dinosaur enthusiasts and curious minds alike! As you revel in the captivating ambiance of Thunder Falls, the hidden gem awaits just beneath the surface, ready to transport you on an educational journey like no other. Just down the stairs you’ll discover The Institute – an extraordinary underground sanctuary that delves into the mysteries of dinosaur life and evolution.
The first thing you will be greeted with is a full fossil dinosaur that spans more than 20 feet tall! It is a replica made from molds made by real fossils. So, you’re not just on vacation, you’re on an educational trip!
Prepare to be awe-inspired as you step into the heart of The Institute’s nursery and dinosaur breeding program. It’s a rare and remarkable opportunity to witness the early stages of prehistoric life unfolding before your eyes. As you gaze upon the delicate hatchlings and experience the marvel of nurturing these ancient creatures, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the intricate processes that once shaped the world we know today. Don’t worry, they’re all genetically modified to be female… We think.
There are also fun interactive elements, like a program to see yourself as a dinosaur. The screen will prompt you with a series of questions to determine what species of dino you would be, and then it even captures a photo of you to blend into your new dinosaur face. Warning, you may not come out as cute as you think. Maybe you should abandon your dream of becoming a dinosaur…
And for those in the know, keep your eyes peeled for a whimsical treasure that harkens back to a beloved cinematic moment. The iconic Barbosol can, a nostalgic nod to a Jurassic Park classic, is tucked away amidst the displays. It’s a playful homage that adds an extra layer of connection for those who recognize its significance – a delightful Easter egg that enhances your journey through The Institute.
The Institute beneath Thunder Falls isn’t just a side attraction; it’s a testament to Universal’s commitment to storytelling and immersion. It invites you to delve deeper into the world of dinosaurs, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their fascinating existence and the innovative conservation efforts that aim to preserve their legacy. So, for those with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a passion for the prehistoric, The Institute beckons – an educational and engaging adventure that adds a layer of intrigue to your exploration of Jurassic Land.
Take in the Details
After your lunch at Thunder Falls, take a moment to let it settle and allow your adventurous spirit to reignite. Jurassic Park is a land filled with details and easter eggs for guests to look and find. You probably missed most of the details this morning on your race to the Velocicoaster, so now is your time to slow down and take it in!
Your first stop is the iconic jeep, a symbol of daring expeditions and thrilling escapades. Don’t miss the opportunity to strike a pose and capture a snapshot with this legendary vehicle. It’s a moment that encapsulates the essence of adventure, immortalizing your journey through Jurassic Park.
But the real excitement lies in the discovery of the dinosaur footprints that have been cleverly concealed throughout the landscape. From the mighty stomps of the T. rex to the delicate imprints of the Velociraptors, each footprint tells a story of the creatures that once roamed these lands. Hunting for these hidden details becomes a game of exploration and observation, a chance to connect with the rich history of the ancient world and the creatures that inhabited it.
As you walk along, your senses will be heightened by the immersive atmosphere that surrounds you. The rustling leaves, distant roars, and captivating details transport you to a time long gone, where mysteries await around every corner. Each discovery, whether it’s a hidden footprint or a subtle piece of theming, deepens your connection to the Jurassic Land and adds a layer of authenticity to your adventure.
Jurassic Park River Adventure
After a day of exhilarating exploration, heart-pounding thrills, and uncovering the wonders of Jurassic Land at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, it’s time to embrace the ultimate refreshment that nature provides – water. And what better way to cool off and complete your adventure than with the Jurassic Park Adventure, a water ride that promises a splash-filled journey through the heart of this ancient realm.
You may be thinking to yourself, wait… All of the Jurassic Park movies involved a Jeep and land, why is this attraction a water ride? This is a great easter egg! The Jurassic Park series was inspired by the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. In the original book, the adventure was on a boat, not on land, so the attraction in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is an ode to the original story.
WARNING: When Universal Orlando Resort says that something is a water ride – Watch out! You WILL be wet.
As you approach the entrance of the Jurassic Park Adventure, the promise of cooling waters and aquatic excitement beckons, a welcome respite from the warmth of the day. Climbing aboard the raft, you and your fellow adventurers embark on a watery voyage that takes you deep into the lush and vibrant landscapes of the park. You’re just there for a calm, tranquil exploration ride, ride? Nothing bad can happen, right?
The ride is seemingly easy-going and calm. You might actually forget that you are on a Jurassic Park ride until you see a little dinosaur here and there. But where’s the thrill? Where’s huge iconic dinosaur that Jurassic Park is known for? Just when you relax and think that the ride is over, THERE SHE IS! Just when you think you’re going to get eaten you fall off a waterfall!
For families, friends, and solo adventurers alike, the Jurassic Park Adventure offers the perfect way to cool off and conclude your expedition through this captivating land. It’s a dynamic blend of immersion, excitement, and aquatic escapades that leaves you drenched in memories and laughter. So, as you relish the watery embrace of this thrilling ride, you’ll find that the Jurassic Park Adventure is the ideal grand finale to an unforgettable day of exploration, discovery, and wonder.
Say Good Night
After a long day in the land of dinosaurs the sun is beginning to set and the torches are being lit. Just like in the movies, the huge gates are bracketed by big torches. The firelight makes for great selfie lighting, so end your ultimate Jurassic Park day with one final photo to remember this day for years to come.
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This Post By: Steve Bell and Erin Schreiver
Steve is the founder and Editor in Chief, Erin loves going to Universal with her family and all things Harry Potter!
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