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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.)

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Posted: March 29, 2014

What possibly could go wrong on a peaceful boat tour through Jurassic Park's collection of gentle, plant-eating dinosaurs? You'll float outdoors through an impressive collection of Universal's animatronic dinosaurs before... well, as Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm said in the movie, "Oooh, ahhh... that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming." Sure enough, the velociraptors escape, the meat-eaters are running loose, and, oh, is that a T-Rex trying to eat you? Hang on, because it's all downhill from there.

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135 votes, so far

If you don't count the Harry Potter ride, it's my favorite Islands of Adventure. It's fun and adventurous and the jurassic park music swelling in the background by the wonderful John Williams is brilliant. The ride is a blast and the dinosaurs still look convincing. A 10/10 for sure! - Brett Schutt

While a great depiction of the movie, this ride could use some TLC maybe connected to next year's Jurassic World. - Christopher Sturniolo

Probably one of the best flume rides in the country. Jurassic park river adventure starts off as a gentle boat ride that gives a look at some dinosaurs when something goes terribly wrong. Next thing you know you are face to face with a T-Rex! This ride will get you a little wet, but not as wet as Popeye or Ripsaw falls. The line moves very quickly and the posted wait time is almost always way less than the actual wait time. 9/10 highly recommended. - James V.

The first half of the ride is okay, with average animatronics and the theming is a bit jarred as one can see the boat in front of them most of the time. HOWever,once we enter the raptor containment area, the ride shifts into perfection. The suspense and tension are heightened, and the animatronics look better as it is dark in the building. You do get wet, and this ride is not to be missed. 9/10. - Quentin Scruggs

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Only slightly more entertaining than the run in the mill splash boat drop, the animatronics look weak and outdated.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

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