PHOTOS, VIDEO: We Finally Get to Join The Hunt at Jurassic World VelociCoaster During Passholder Previews
While the newest attraction officially opens on June 10th, we attended the Passholder Preview of Jurassic World Veloicoaster this morning at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Come along with us for a high-speed dash through Jurassic Park’s raptor paddock, on the apex predator of roller coasters!
The roar of the ride and the themed music add more excitement to our experience as we approach the entrance!
The two raptors look like they could pounce on Guests at any moment—that is, if they weren’t statues.
The warning sign describes the ride as a “high-seed roller coaster that includes sudden and dramatic acceleration, climbing, tilting, inversions, and dropping.” There is also a list of conditions that persons with should not ride, including heart conditions or abnormal blood pressure, expectant mothers, and fear of heights.
As this is a Passholder Preview, the wait time is still “Coming Soon”.
Once seated, Guests will notice the seat has a lap bar restraint—it does not have an over-the-shoulder harness. This is to give the Guests an experience in which they feel like they’re truly flying over the water as they race along the track.
There is also an area to check to make sure the size of bags and personal items will fit in the free lockers before boarding.
If items do not fit, you must purchase a paid locker inside the Discovery Center.
Railings line the extended outdoor queue—and physical distancing markers don’t.
This area will most likely be needed once the attraction opens to the public next month.
Ceiling fans cool us down as we go into the interior queue.
The queue has intricate details throughout. The strips of light on the ceiling and walls alternate colors. Here, the first room lights up orange.
A statue of velociraptors sits beneath a honeycomb ceiling in one of the queue’s main rooms.
Guests are met with exciting music while walking through the queue, growing the anticipation to finally board the ride!
The lights pulsate and change colors, illuminating the velociraptors statues in the process.
The lights alternate between orange and shades of blue.
While changing colors, the music changes and becomes more ominous.
Those with a good eye can see the VelociCoaster train and track as part of the centerpiece statue.
Raptor noises and growls increase in volume and frequency when the colored lighting ceases, before changing back to orange.
The Jurassic World: Dominion logo is backlit on the wall.
Mr. DNA appears on screens within the queue with information for the ride.
A notable feature of the queue is that Guests are able to see the VelociCoaster vehicle launch while waiting. Watch as raptors target the trains!
Raptor Training Rooms line part of the queue.
Guests are given complimentary lockers for their belongings—if they fit. A better look at the free ride lockers can be seen in our previous post here.
References to the film series appear in the queue.
A model of a VelociCoaster vehicle sits within one of these lockers.
DNA references are made on the screens in standby,
Dr. Henry Wu, Lead Genetic Biologist, appears on the screens to discuss the technology that allows Guests to run free with the velociraptors in “thrilling, close proximity.”
To prepare Guests for their adventure, Mr. DNA gives instructions to secure all items, including loose change and cellphones, in lockers as Guests will undergo metal detection. This is to ensure the safety of Guests and the raptors.
He also reminds Guests to empty their beverages into the sink before placing the drinkware inside lockers as well.
On the path to the lockers, we find some very vengeful-looking velociraptors locked up in grooming stations, making low growls as they shake and rattle the restraints.
We encountered two more grooming stations and the raptors don’t seem too happy—no wonder they end up chasing us.
As there are metal detectors before boarding the ride, Guests cannot take phones, wallets, keys, etc. with them on the ride. We had to lock our devices up. Sorry, we couldn’t film our full-ride point of view—but enjoy a full tour of the heavily detailed queue!
Jurassic World VelociCoaster does have an on-ride photo opportunity. Guests can purchase their photo at the exit of the attraction.
We thoroughly enjoyed Jurassic World VelociCoaster and can’t wait for it to open to the public next month!
Will you be riding Jurassic World VelociCoaster during Passholder Previews? Let us know what you think in the comments!