Will Universal Orlando's next thrill ride be the Velocicoaster?

July 30, 2019, 11:56 AM · Searching the U.S. Patent and Trademark database for potential Universal Orlando new theme park names yielded some interesting news. No, it's not a new theme park name. But Universal has filed a trademark application that might be for the name of its new roller coaster under construction at Islands of Adventure.

Velocicoaster sure sounds like it could be the name of the coaster that's going to wrap around the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Especially with those velociraptor logos on the construction walls surrounding the site, right?

Universal hasn't announced the project yet, but we know from permit applications, plus the obvious construction going on, that a new terrain coaster is coming to Islands of Adventure's Jurassic Park land. 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. The coaster also will 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.

All signs also point to the coaster having a Jurassic World theme and starring the velociraptor Blue from those films.

We will be in Orlando on Thursday morning for Universal Orlando's big press conference. Although we expect that to be about the planned fourth gate now under construction across from the Orange County Convention Center, perhaps we will get additional news about other projects including the Velocicoaster, too.

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July 30, 2019 at 12:19 PM

Not another roller coaster, please no. That makes it 8 roller coasters accross the 2 Universal parks.

It's now becoming the screen fatigue issue but with coasters.

How about some family rides that involve physical practical sets? They only have ET in Universal that fits the bill, that everyone from a 3 year old to a 60 year old can enjoy.

Coasters are the lowest common denominator attractions, reserved for Six Flag local parks, not a high calibre theme park.

July 30, 2019 at 12:32 PM

Did you know an early name for The Incredible Hulk Coaster was "Hulkoaster"? Sounds like someone at UO Creative maybe at last getting a chance to merge a character name with the word coaster.

July 30, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Incredicoaster, again?

Maybe Blue leaves its child behind somewhere, and it all goes terribly wrong?

July 30, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Totally unrelated, USF announces completely unique Num Num Velocicookies stand.

July 30, 2019 at 3:27 PM

I love the thrill rides at Universal! If you want family rides, I hear there is another resort in the Orlando area that has quite many of them built already.

July 30, 2019 at 3:55 PM

@AndrewMciveR it's not "another" roller-coaster. It replaces Dragon Challenge 2 thrill coasters with 1 family coaster (with AA's and the kitchen sink) and this new thrill coaster.

July 30, 2019 at 4:35 PM

It’s the great space coaster - get on board - on the great space coaster we’ll explore....

July 30, 2019 at 4:52 PM

I bet the announcement on August 1st will go something like this:

Universal: We are opening a new theme park! (They then give more info)
After they finish
Universal: But don't worry about us abandoning the original two parks. We are opening Velocicoaster at IOA and the terminator replacement at USF!

Back to this ride itself. It sounds like a lot of fun plus you can never go wrong with Jurassic Park/World. Plus what is extra cool is nothing was replaced to add this new ride. Major props to Universal!

July 30, 2019 at 5:14 PM

@ Chad H -- I loved that show! It taught me how to spell gnu :-)

As far as the new coaster goes -- can't wait!

July 31, 2019 at 12:27 AM

The tough thing here is that Velocicoaster seems like a super cheesy name for Universal, yet it also seems like something that would be at home in the Jurassic World universe. Regardless, I've heard Universal's new coaster has the potential to be the best in Florida. Hopefully it will be bundled with Thursday's epic announcement.

July 31, 2019 at 5:04 AM

It will be called:

Jurrasic World The Ride 2: Electric Bluegaloo

get it the velociraptor blue from the new movies... it's ok... i'll show myself out

July 31, 2019 at 7:59 AM

I am glad it is a coaster. At Disney, what has the longest waits? Sure, the faster attractions are slowest to load, but the long lines make people not show up too. The faster thrills are sort of what Universal is known for. I shall quote the line from the Horror Movie Makeup Show, "We don't have to be nice to kids." That never fails to get laughs, and it sometimes gets roaring applause. These Orlando theme parks are becoming more and more movie parks, and it is basically counter programming.

All that being said, E.T. Does need a major makeover. They had some family friendly attractions that I liked: Earthquake, Jaws, and Twister are three that come to mind, but people prefer other things. I may be the only person that really liked Twister, by the way. I kind of think Gringotts is a family coaster, but I bet many would disagree. I am a big fan of really extreme attractions, and I wish we had a Jurassic Park ride where you got in one of those circular balls and got kicked over a mountainside while constantly spinning upside down like they did in the films. Something tells me the liability lawyers would disallow that.

July 31, 2019 at 10:02 AM

Remember that this is a THEME park and not an amusement park. The Velocicoaster will be a heavily themed experience -- that is the definition of what makes these parks great!

For those saying too many screens / too many coasters, get over it. What you will have is a good combination of ride systems: motion-base, themed coasters, dark rides, thrill coasters, 3D screen based, etc. Universal is pivoting quickly to a well rounded park.

Adding the 3rd and 4th gates on the new property will further up the ante. Expect a good mix of cutting-edge attractions, as well as an eating/shopping district to rival Disney Springs. Will this cause Disney to open a new gate? Doesn't matter. Disney is such a large and slow-moving organism that it will take them a decade to plan a new park and and actually complete it.

August 1, 2019 at 6:02 AM

Remember we used to talk about "Six-Flag-isation" panic decisionmaking with Disney, in the 199O-ies ? Disney feared take-over competition from Six_flags & co. and started installing coasters and flat carnival rides "to win back the teenage people". Idiocy of the highest level.
To start with, "real" theme parks never lost the teenage people, because teenage people never go alone to Disney or Universal. It's too expensive to start with, to far to travel too, and in many cases, not even allowed to enter without parents/adult attendent. The parks are family affairs and adult friend group affairs.
Every million $£€ invested in (naked) coasters / carnival rides is "lost forever" for alternative investment in real storydriven experiences. It brings down the overall theme park value, at a given total investment capital.
Choices must be made, and "a bit of everything" is degrading the focus business.

( AndrewMciveR
July 30, 2019 at 12:19 PM <<<< Thumbs up !)

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