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Jurassic Park: The Ride
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The final splashdown of the ride
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Area Jurassic Park
Status Operating
Opening date May 28, 1999 (1999-05-28)
Universal Studios Japan
Area Jurassic Park
Status Operating
Opening date March 31, 2001 (2001-03-31)
Universal Studios Hollywood
Area Lower lot
Status Closed
Opening date June 21, 1996 (1996-06-21)
Closing date September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)
Replaced by Jurassic World-inspired water attraction
General statistics
Type Shoot the Chute
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Universal Creative
Lift system 3 chain lifts
Drop 85 ft (26 m)
Length 1,900 ft (580 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Max vertical angle 51°
Capacity 3,000 riders per hour
Duration 7:19
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Universal Express available
Single rider line available

Jurassic Park: The Ride is a water-based amusement ride based on the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park and Michael Crichton's novel of the same name which the film is based on located at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan. It was formerly located at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.

The ride was researched and built as the film was still in its production phase and opened at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 1996. Duplicates of the ride have since been built at Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan under Jurassic Park River Adventure. A river rapids ride version of the attraction, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, opened at Universal Studios Singapore in 2010.


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Jurassic Park: The Ride

Among the guests in attendance at the ride's grand opening celebration in 1996 were film cast members Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, and Joseph Mazzello. Steven Spielberg also attended the opening, but requested that he be let off of the attraction before the 85-foot (26 m) drop.

On August 12, 1996, Universal launched an online game titled Jurassic Park – The Ride Online Adventure, to promote the ride.

On May 10, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood announced that its version of the ride would be closing on September 3, 2018 for a 9 month long renovation to transform the ride into a new attraction based on the Jurassic World line of films in the franchise. This version is slated to debut in 2019 and will include all new animatronics and special effects.

Dinosaur Adventure
Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dinosaurs featured in the rides

Jurassic Park in the Dark

Robosaurus face

During Universal Studios Hollywood's annual "Halloween Horror Nights", the ride was temporarily renamed "Jurassic Park in the Dark." Most of the lights inside the Environmental Systems Building near the end of the ride were turned off. In addition, the ride's original soundtrack transitioned into Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'N Roses.

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