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Universal Studios Hollywood May Re-theme Jurassic Park: The Ride to Jurassic World According to Rumor

Might we finally get a Jurassic World themed attraction at Universal Studios theme parks?

Yes! Well maybe….kind of? According to a rumor from Theme Park University, Universal Studios Hollywood may be gearing up to transform Jurassic Park: The Ride into a Jurassic World themed ride.

It’s been made public that Comcast wants a new attraction in every Universal park every year moving forward….Which brings us to 2019. If what I’m hearing from folks who work at Universal Studios Hollywood is correct, Jurassic Park: The Ride will be operational through at least part (most?) of the summer season and then close to make a transformation into a Jurassic World The Ride attraction.

While nothing is official and any report should of course be taken fully as a rumor, it does make sense for Universal Studios Hollywood to update Jurassic Park: The Ride. Having opened in June of 1996, the ride will be entering its 22nd year of operation. As pointed out by Theme Park University the animatronic dinosaurs in the ride have become quite dated and are in the need of a major upgrade so a Jurassic World revamp may also indicate new upgraded animatronics.

Further, this aligns with reports we heard some time back, suggesting a makeover was planned (then at IOA rather than Hollywood), re-branding the area to Jurassic World, complete with a state of the art Indominus Rex animatronic. If the general concept still stands, while the ride will take place within ‘Jurassic World’, Jurassic Park should still make an appearance as the ride vehicle is diverted through the old park ruins.

Our speculation would be that it is likely that the ride itself would remain the same as a boat on the same track but that the theming, dinosaurs and ride story would be new (while still following the same basic story structure). It is also likely that the new ride would not only include the Indomnius Rex from the 2015 film, but also Velociraptor Blue and a Mosasaurus cameo. Finally, the old dinosaurs are expected to get entirely new fixtures, featuring actual film accurate designs.

It is unclear if dinosaurs or aspects from the yet unreleased Fallen Kingdom would be included in any possible revamp.

Sadly, this does mean the great ‘Jurassic Park’ theming for the rest of the ride and area would switch to the more modern ‘World’ look – as World borrows from real world parks like Universal and Disney, it offers less of a unique sense of escapism. It remains to be seen how they will keep Jurassic unique, in line with its more safari adventure vibe it is known for, and is currently featuring.

Theme Park University also says that they are hearing this will only be for Universal Studios Hollywood and that currently the Jurassic Park ride at Islands Of Adventure in Flordia won’t be changing.

Also make sure to check out the full rumor article at Theme Park University as they make guesses and speculate themselves of what a Jurassic World themed ride may entail.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on our forums!

Source: Theme Park University

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22 thoughts on “Universal Studios Hollywood May Re-theme Jurassic Park: The Ride to Jurassic World According to Rumor

  1. “Sadly, this does mean the great ‘Jurassic Park’ theming for the rest of the ride and area would switch to the more modern ‘World’ look – as World borrows from real world parks like Universal and Disney, it offers less of a unique sense of escapism. It remains to be seen how they will keep Jurassic unique, in line with its more safari adventure vibe it is known for, and is currently featuring.”

    Well, I am not sure how I feel about this. I’ve always felt “safari” and Jurassic Park” were synonymous. If they do go into an artless, bland, and may I dare say “Sterile” modern look, it would feel ugly to look at. I hope they keep the safari style, just a different art direction. Every time I hear “modern” I feel like it’s going to be bland and without soul. That’s just me though. Too bad, I only been on twice. I barely remember the ride.

    Again, this might just be a rumor, totally unverified and may not even materialize into fruition.

    Certainly seems to be the year to be a Jurassic Park Fan, regardless of our personal opinions.

    Hold Onto Your Butts.

    1. 70% of the ride itself is spent on the outside with the herbivorous dinosaurs, with the rest of the ride being inside a geothermal powerplant. I wouldn’t expect the ride to change dramatically to be in the style of Jurassic World, it’s not as though they’re going to build Main Street and have it be part of the river adventure.

  2. As long as you guys are covering rumors, can you cover the rumor that Lego is making Jurassic Park 25th anniversary sets? I’ve heard only a little about this rumor, but I’m sure you guys know more.

  3. From what I understand. Islands of Adventure will not be getting this upgrade. Universal is planning a 3rd park to the south of their current orlando resort and rumors are strong Jurassic World will be one of the main themed lands there.

  4. Usually I would be mad but the Jurassic park ride just looks terrible now compared to new rides like the Harry Potter rides and avatar.

    1. I agree, having been on the other rides you mentioned, The Jurassic Park rides need to be upgraded. Universal should keep in mind that their highest grossing film to date is a Jurassic movie, not the WB owned Harry Potter. Even though I love both franchises, it is the truth. It’s just embarassing to promote a movie with a worn-down ride.

  5. If it means they’ll finally invest in fixing those goddamned animatronics, I’m all for it. But please keep the Tyrannosaurus at the end, make new room for the Indominus somehow. Destroy another historic soundstage or some shit, I don’t know, just don’t userp the T. rex.

  6. I hope they wait until after July to close the ride, I was hoping to go on it when I see the new film (I’m waiting until I go to universal studios to see it). It would seem ill advised to close the ride during the time the new movie releases.

  7. I think what would be cool is if USH could add the Pteranodon Flyer ride from Orlando and convert it into a VR Island Flyover adventure. That way, we could see “World” and remnants of “Park”.

  8. The park needs a new attraction every few years to invigorate guests interests. Kinda like the space program.

    I’m all for this. After seeing that video it looks really dated. I would go to this new attraction especially if they remake the Main Street at universal. That would be awesome.

  9. Wouldn’t it be odd to replace a the T-Rex with an I-Rex, when the I-Rex only appears in one movie of the series, while the T-Rex appears in all of them?

  10. I really hope this is true I love Universal. But it seems like sometimes they don’t care about some of their beloved attractions Jurassic park is a classic ride but it does really need a major update like close it for a year or something. And I want lifelike animatronics. I will be soo happy if this happens.

  11. Do you know the date next year when you will have an Indominus Rex in Jurassic World ride? Will it be a regular ride, or a water ride, or a 3-D ride?
    I am a big fan. Thanks for your help.

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