Jurassic World - The Ride with the director and stars of the films.Universal Studios Hollywood this evening celebrated the grand opening of
Universal's Karen Irwin and Ron Meyer welcomed director Colin Trevorrow, who was joined by actors Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt (along with Blue) for the opening moment.
Jurassic World updates the park's old Jurassic Park - The Ride to match the new films. In the queue, new videos show off some of the franchise's human stars, while on the ride, it's the dino-stars who take the spotlight. (I am so sorry for typing that.) Once on board and up the ramp, Jurassic World wastes no time showing off its fanciest new set piece — the Mosasaurus.
Universal amps the technology it used on Orlando's Hogwarts Express to bring this enormous marine dinosaur to riders' eye level. The conceit is that we are sailing past a giant aquarium that holds the Mosasaurus, complete with water spilling over the top, splashing us as we cower in fear while the marine giant smacks — and cracks — the glass containing it. The effect relies on a scaled-up installation of the parallax screens that Universal uses on Hogwarts Express, but the scene reminded me most of a PG-13 version of the encounter with the whale in Efteling's much gentler Symbolica ride.
Nothing was going to go horribly wrong on that magical journey, but this ain't no enchanted castle. This is Jurassic World, where the dinosaurs come on vacation to enjoy an all-they-can-eat buffet. We all know it's going to go terribly wrong. There's no point in pretending otherwise. The only question is how much of Chekhov's arsenal we can cram into the ride in acts one and two before we ignite the inevitable fusillade in act three.
On that count, Universal delivers. We lose the herbivore pool from the original to get the Mosasaurus aquarium, but Universal's Mesozoic menagerie still impresses. While the original Jurassic Park introduced us to the wonder of living dinosaurs, the Jurassic World films deliver a more cynical view, playing upon our expectation that everything will go horribly wrong in this genetically engineered world... and delivering that.
So it is, too, on Jurassic World - The Ride. After a moment gawking at the Stegosaurus in the remaining Herbivore Cove, it's time for the red lights to flash as buffet opens in the Predator Cove next door. There we eventually meet two more of the stars of Jurassic World, the big, bad Indominus Rex, and that frenemy Blue.
Universal has rendered each as impressive animatronics, but it's the star of the original Jurassic Park - the T Rex - that steals the scene at the ride's climax, jumping out to attack as we escape down the soaking waterfall. It's a stunning moment to complete a ride that's filled with them.Tweet
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