We have our first look now at the track layout for the all-but-confirmed new roller coaster that will be coming to the Jurassic Park land in Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park.
Chip Skambis from Orlando's WFTV has gotten an advance look at the soon-to-be-filed construction permits for the roller coaster, which will twist around the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.
JURASSIC PARK COASTER: Looks like a roller coaster is headed to the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure. Docs indicate construction should take 1/2 years. Here's the track layout and more details: https://t.co/ElS5puw98K pic.twitter.com/dPwHqvMZHN— Chip Skambis (@chickenlilchip) January 18, 2019
The coaster will load on the old site of the Raptor Encounter in Jurassic Park, which is moving. Most of its run will take place in the space between the Discovery Center and the Camp Jurassic playground, that was once home to the Triceratops Encounter. But the coaster will also run behind the Discovery Center and across the edge of the park's central lagoon, extending as far as to the back of Mythos Restaurant.
No word yet on specs for the coaster, much less a manufacturer. Universal later this year will open a new Forbidden Forest-themed coaster next door in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, so one wonders how this ride experience will differ from that one, beyond their themes. Construction appears imminent, however, as just this month, Universal put up construction walls around the Jurassic coaster site.
We also don't yet have word on whether the Jurassic Coaster will be themed to Jurassic Park or Jurassic World, but the smart money would bet on Jurassic World, as that's the current iteration of Universal's biggest film franchise. Who's up for a run with Blue the Raptor?
Prior permits suggested an 18-month construction time for the project, which would put the new coaster on track (sorry!) for a summer 2020 opening.Tweet
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