Jurassic Park River Adventure reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Jurassic Park River Adventure, a flume ride in Jurassic Park at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 42 inches.)
Written by Edward Morgan
At first you hear the Jurassic Park theme song. then the gates open to Jurassic Park where you tour dinosaurs. Then you take a wrong turn. The sirens go off, and they are trying to call you out because the raptors have escaped. It's too late you turn and see a box with live raptors which almost fals on you but doesn't. You go through a long lift seeing many raptors. Then a raptor spits on you. After that, you see a T-Rex which tries to eat you, but you drop a 85 foot plunge and survive.
Good water ride ! 8/10 - Owen Scott
Only slightly more entertaining than the run in the mill splash boat drop, the animatronics look weak and outdated. The plot is thin, with almost no connections to the books or movies aside from dinosaurs. It's the stepchild ride of the park, never seeming to get any love or updates. - Ringmaster A
Its a nice ride that I always do when I go to IOA. The AAs need to be replaced but the ride is close to the movie and book. Must ride if you want to cool down or get soaked. 8/10 - Jaiden Cohen
There is a change when you visit the park and you don't know this ride that you haven't seen the splash in the end. That happened to me and my family because we did the park counter clockwise. Imagine our surprise. Even 2 of 3 are afraid of heights we had no problem with this ride because you'll never get the height of this ride because you are enclosed and the fall happens in the dark. It's beautiful and fun and exiting ride. Don't miss it! - O T
We rode it this year with all the features fixed & working. Now I have a new found appreciation for the attraction. Universal does a good job of immersing you in the Jurassic world. Moved it up to outstanding status. - Rob Pastor
Jurassic Park River Adventure is one of the better attractions at Islands of Adventure. It's not a thrill ride, but it does offer a thrilling conclusion. Most of the dinosaur animatronics still look good after all these years (especially the T-Rex), but some do look very dated. This attraction is a boat ride that is very pleasant and relaxing in the early minutes of the ride. While it never gets uncomfortable, the relaxing part is lost (which is a good thing) as it shifts into the "thrill" portion of the ride. You will get wet, but most likely not very much. Before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter came along, I felt this and The Lost Continent were the attractions that definitely epitomized what the Islands of Adventure theme park is meant to be. 8 out of 10. - Joshua Bixler
The actual river component of the ride is pretty lame because it relies too heavily on kind of bad animatronics. Once the boat gets inside the building it gets better because the lighting makes the dinosaurs look better. That final drop is great, it makes up for the lesser river part. - Jeff Moon
This ride is great for a number of reasons. Firstly, if you are in Universal and want to do a water ride that you don't get very wet on, then this is your pick. You still get wet, but no where near as wet as Dudley Do-Rights or Popeye's. The animatronics are a little old, but still plausible and entertaining. And this is the only water ride at Universal that tells a story in a way. Lastly, the drop at the end is always very enjoyable and exciting, although no where near as good as Dudley Do-Rights - Tyler Colan
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