A few years back, Universal Studios made the bold move to refurbish and re-brand one of their most beloved rides- Jurassic Park River Adventure. The refurbishment rebranded the ride and its entire look to the new Jurassic World - The Ride. Whilst the ride and the experience remained pretty much the same, it allowed Universal to freshen things up and tie the ride into the newer Jurassic World films.
The new ride featured appearances from the Mosasaurus, Blue the Velociraptor, the Indominus Rex and of course Jurassic World stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Of course after this, fans thought the refurbishment had been finished. But, after Universal Studios Hollywood had to close their doors due to the pandemic they took the opportunity to add more including new scenery, signage and props from the films.
“Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride. Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronised movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity. From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.”
Originally the Indominus Rex just appeared alongside the boat from a bush for the ride's finale, not really adding anything except a tie in. Universal appear to have upgraded the animatronics as the dinosaur looks much more lively and actually takes on the T-Rex before guests take that plunge and escape. You can check out the full video below courtesy of Theme Park Shark.
The new and improved Jurassic World - The Ride will be open to guests as Universal Studios Hollywood reopens April 16th 2021.
Universal looks to be making the most of the Jurassic World films as their Orlando resort gears up to open their brand new Velocicoaster June 10th 2021. With Blue being the main theme of this coaster, I am beginning to wonder if this will mark the beginning of a complete rebrand for the entire Jurassic Park section in Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure park.