The basic layout of the Lower Lot flume ride remains, but the experience is getting a makeover, as Universal Creative installs new technology, show scenes, and some new dinosaurs to complete the transition from the original Jurassic Park theme to the rebooted Jurassic World films.
Universal hasn't provided much more than teaser art for the refurbished attraction, but this move does make Chris Pratt the king of rethemed Southern California theme park attractions, following the conversion of Disney California Adventure's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout last year. Pratt, of course, stars as Owen Grady in the Jurassic World films, as well as Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Frankly, I doubt anyone will care whether Owen Grady appears anywhere within the Jurassic World ride, because the stars of this experience will be the dinos, as they were in Jurassic Park before. The attraction here is being dwarfed by massive animatronic plant eaters... before being terrorized by the nimble meat-eaters, lunging nearly into your raft. We might escape the Indominus Rex everyone expects to play in the final scene of the new ride, but there's no chance of escaping the drenching splashdown that follows.
With 20 years of new show tech to play with, we are anticipating dinosaurs that look more lifelife, awe-inspiring, and terrifying than ever before. Jurassic World will open at Universal Studios Hollywood sometime in 2019, but the park has not yet announced a more specific opening date.
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