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World's Longest Flying Coaster Debuts at Universal Studios Japan Next Year

October 2, 2015, 9:09 AM · Universal Studios Japan revealed the name, sponsor and some additional details about its new Jurassic Park-themed roller coaster.

Jurassic Park: The Flying Dinosaur

Jurassic Park: The Flying Dinosaur, will be the world's longest Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster, at 3,688 feet, according to the park. Themed to (sort-of) tamed Pteranodons, the coaster will feature a 124-foot initial drop, the deepest on a B&M flyer, according to the park. Japanese credit card company JCB will sponsor the ride.

Construction photo

The coaster is now under construction for a spring 2016 debut. Thanks to reader Keizo3 for the construction photo.

Replies (11)

October 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM · Geez, you'd think that with such a record breaking coaster, they'd come up with a better name.
October 2, 2015 at 11:56 AM · Agreed the name is kinda lame but I'm sure it will be an awesome ride regardless. Wish they could somehow squeeze a version of it in IOA. Jurassic Park there needs something with a bit more punch.

October 2, 2015 at 12:14 PM · I don't know enough Japanese to know if the name sounds better in that language. Maybe it does.
October 2, 2015 at 12:19 PM · That looks so cool. I wish they had one in Orlando, or let this guy ride the Pteradon flyers at IOA...
October 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM · Rollercoasters - yawm. Cheap attractions.
October 2, 2015 at 3:11 PM · There's no direct translation for Pteranodons as it will be phonetic and that's not exactly the best way to call an attraction. Even Pteranodons is not a good name in English. Flying dinosaur is a compromise and I'm sure it already sounds disjointed in Japanese. Why do we use T-Rex? Because Tyrannosaurus Rex is too long?
October 2, 2015 at 10:45 PM · The Japanese title is precisely that "Za Furaingu Dainasoo" Saw it under construction last week. Kinda disappointing given USJ's claim of the greatest dinosaur ride ever.
October 3, 2015 at 6:53 AM · Sounds like a fun B&M. I have never been on a flying coaster. I got in line for SMUF at Great Adventure, but it broke down :(.
October 3, 2015 at 11:17 PM · "Roller coasters-yawn. Cheap attractions."

Oh, really? I did some digging on the interwebs and this is what I found:

From Quora.com: "The Millenium Force, at Cedar Point cost approx. $25 million to build...Generally, big time steel roller coasters cost around $12 million to build overall."

From fastcompany.com: "The newest steel coasters cost more than $20 million to build."

From answers.yahoo.com: "Top Thrill Dragster...cost Cedar Point $25 million...a much smaller Rollercoaster called Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge...cost $2.9 million."

(NOTE: both Quora and Yahoo cited Roller Coaster Database for their answers. Also, I understand that one wouldn't consider these legitimate sources of theme park info, so if you spot any errors in my evidence, please feel free to correct them.)

Now, even that lowly $2.9 million would be enough to put a dent in most people's bank accounts. So, yeah, roller coasters ain't "cheap" my friend.

Hey, I myself would prefer an intricately themed ride over an iron ride any day; but there's still a considerable amount of effort put into designing and building them. And saying that they're "cheap" is probably a huge insult to the people who work hard on them.

October 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM · Haven't seen B&M building flying coasters lately. Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia is the only B&M flying coaster I've ever rode... SFGAM & SFGADV built Superman clones, and could SFSL eventually getting a mirror image SUF clone.

With Universal Studios Japan building Flying Dinosaur coaster... it'd be interesting to see if it has that iconic pretzel-shaped loop, commonly found on B&M flying coasters, and give SFMM flying coaster Tatsu a run for its money... and if Orlando and Hollywood parks get a similar coaster later on. Cedar Fair needs a B&M flying coaster at one or a couple of its parks, seeing that they're phasing out the stand-up coasters.

October 8, 2015 at 10:59 AM · Not for nothing, but since this is being built in Japan, you'd think they'd have at least one Japanese person in this picture. Maybe two.

Felix

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