The Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The all new Jurassic World VelociCoaster is an amazing roller coaster  that recently opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.  Located on the site of the former Triceratops Encounter, this coaster will take guests on an amazing thrill ride through the parks raptor paddock where you will soar up to 70 miles per hour and more than 150 feet up in the air, passing velociraptors as you speed by.

Manufactured by Intamin (also the builder of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure) this attractions is located adjacent to the Jurassic Park River Adventure and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center on the site of the former Triceratops Encounter.  The VelociCoaster will be an excellent compliment to the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure as well as the parks thrill rides as a whole.

Check out our full on-ride POV video which was taken on May 4, 2021 during the passholder preview days.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Frequently Asked Questions

When will Universal Orlando’s Jurassic World VelociCoaster open for visitors?

Universal Orlando announced that the Jurassic World VelociCoaster will open for theme park guests on June 10, 2021.   Universal Orlando annual passholders were able to make reservations to preview this ride from May 2nd to May 5th, 2021

How fast will the Jurassic World VelociCoaster go?

The Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

Does the Jurassic World VelociCoaster go upside down?

Universal’s Jurassic World VelociCoaster does go upside down and has a total of four separate inversions.  

How tall do you need to be to ride the Jurassic World VelociCoaster?

Riders for the Jurassic World VelociCoaster need to be a minimum of 51 inches in height.

How far is the drop on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster?

The “top hat” on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster climbs to a height of 155 feet and the drop is 140 feet at almost 90 degrees.

Is the Jurassic World VelociCoaster the most intense ride at The Universal Orlando Resort?

Taking over the top spot from the Incredible Hulk, we consider the Jurassic World VelociCoaster to be the most intense ride at The Universal Orlando Resort.

The ride itself features 4,700 feet of track length with which will have four inversions, two high speed launches, up to 12 airtime moments and a 155-foot tall top hat (90-degree ascent followed by a 90-degree descent).  The ride vehicle will consist of six cars which will seat 24 riders per train (four riders per car – two rides wide by two deep).

Construction originally started in early 2019 and the VelociCoaster will be open to theme parks guests as of  June 10, 2021.  We would anticipate that wait times will easily exceed two hours during the first few weeks (or even months).

Timing could not work out better for Universal as it will have to compete for vacation travelers during Orlando’s busy summer months.  With a host of new coasters having recently opened or coming soon, this themed coaster will definitely be the one of the ones to watch.

Other new roller coasters in the Florida theme parks include:

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Where Should We Stay When Visiting the Universal Orlando Resort?

The Universal Resort has a number of great on-site hotels and each and every one of them have their own benefits, characteristics and price points.

There are multiple “categories” of hotels but the highest quality on-site hotels are the Premier Hotels.  Premier hotels are Universal’s premium hotels that have the highest quality amenities & accommodations, the closest locations to the theme parks and largest amount of on-site hotel benefits. 

What sets Premier hotels apart is that they provide a free Universal Express pass to every guest staying in the room.  Universal Express allows guests to skip the regular lines and ride the most popular rides as many times as they would like.  Once you get used to Universal Express, you will never want to visit a theme park without one.

In addition Universal’s Premier hotels and resorts, there are a number of other on-site and off-site hotels options. 

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Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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