Jurassic Park: The Flying Dinosaur is the park's fifth roller coaster, and at 3,688 feet long is the world's longest Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster, according to the park.
Think of this one as Islands of Adventure's Pteranodon Flyers, all grown up. Instead of riding underneath pteranodons that sway gently along a relatively level track, riders on USJ's far-more-extreme version of a pteranodon ride face multiple flips and inversions, following a 124-foot initial drop.
We are awaiting an official POV video from the park [*and here it is], but in the meantime, here is some off-ride video of the coaster in action.
The debut of the new coaster is just one of the festivities that Universal says it is planning to celebrate the park's anniversary. The park's actual 15th birthday comes on March 31 this month, but Universal kicked off the celebration today with a freshly decorated front gate and the celebration theme "RE-BORN!"
In Japanese, language on the park's anniversary logos exhort visitors to "Let's overdo it and rejuvenate yourselves."
USJ also goes for the world's record for most IP in one promotional image.
Okay, maybe some subtlety is lost in the translation there, but a direct appeal such as this seems, well, pretty rejuvenating, doesn't it? Universal Studios Japan is already the world's most attended Universal Studios theme park, and another major expansion of the park, featuring Nintendo, is said to be in the works.