Pteranodon Flyers reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Pteranodon Flyers, a track ride in Jurassic Park at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 36 inches.)
Written by Matt Paulin
An 88 Second Flying Swing Ride Designed for Children. It has 3 Ride Vehicles that seat 2 people. The Vehicles are themed to resemble Pterodactyls. The Seats Swing Front-to Back and Side-to-side. The Track twists and turns at a high velocity allowing riders a view of all of Jurassic Park.
Be advised that this ride is one of the only rides in the park without an Express Line, So ride it early. Also, during busy times, they have a rule that you can only ride if you have a child with you.
This is a nice attraction but your enjoyment of this ride will probably depend on how much time you wait in line. This extremely low capacity ride frequently has the longest wait in the park and it really isn't worth anything more than a 20 minute wait. If you wish to try this you also need to be with a kid between 36 and 56 inches tall. - Manny Barron
This ride has to go. I ride it with my little brother waited 20 minutes, and ride it. Universal should tear the ride down and build a new ride (thinking kiddy coaster), and remove the 56 in limit for hight. This new ride will help IOA, and put through more riders per hour. And add express pass. Ride rating 2/10 - Jaiden Cohen
Very enjoyable but short ride, you need a small kid to be able to do it, in November the lines aren't really that bad, but on peak times, forget about it. - David Shaul
9/14/2012: There was not a single person on line and the seats were flying empty, but we two adults were still not permitted to ride. - Jennifer Schwing
I was only able to ride it because I was with my kid brother. It was an okay ride but not worth the wait in line. Great for toddlers though, my little brother loved it. - Michelle Kowalski
To ride Preranodon Flyers, you MUST enter the park as soon as it opens. I went straight to the ride, ignoring an employee that said it was not open yet... it was. I waited just a few minutes. As a big fan of suspended coasters, the Flyers did not disappoint. The seats not only swing side-to-side, but back and forth as well. When I got off the ride, the line was already over 45 minutes long! That's too bad... I would not have even waited 15 minutes for the ride! It's an enjoyable ride, but definitely not worth waiting for. - Russell Fox
A bit silly you must have a kid and an awful wait time but I still thing it's a half decent ride. I was expecting to see some Dinosaurs though. 7/10 - D H
It looks fun, but like others have mentioned, you can't ride without a child, so we couldn't try it. - Kevin Norris
not alot of train cars to ride makes very long line waits - chris cona
I rode this at the end of the day and still had to wait about an hour and a half. Great beginner thrill seeker coaster, though. I ended up liking this fun ride, and I would not ride this during the afternoon, because that's when the line is really long. - Bradley Keith
This looked cool and I wanted to ride, but couldn't. You have to have a child with you. If you are childless, you're out of luck. DISCRIMINATION!!! - Brandy Schroeder
More attraction and restaurant ratings:
Stories from a Theme Park Insider
What's it like to work in a theme park? Stories from a Theme Park Insider takes you inside the famous tunnels and backstage at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a look at how theme parks really work, sharing the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your job is someone else's vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive