CONCEPT ART: Jurassic World VelociCoaster Details Finally Announced for Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Two intense launches. Four inversions. It’s a new species of roller coaster: the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, officially coming Summer 2021 to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal’s finally blown the lid on the hard-to-miss massive coaster expansion rising at IoA, releasing concept art and even a POV video depicting just what the finished product will look like. You can view the video over in this post, and here we’ll be showing you concept art featured in the video as well as supplemental material.
Here’s how Universal Orlando Resort describes the coaster:
Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster – along with a pack of fierce Velociraptors – will be unleashed at Universal Orlando Resort in 2021 with the debut of Jurassic World VelociCoaster. Concepted and designed by the award-winning Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, this new species of roller coaster touts a series of intense maneuvers that will send guests catapulting up to 70 mph and more than 150 feet in the air with the swiftest of prehistoric predators.
Opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be the world’s first coaster based on the blockbuster franchise, and will feature an original story that expands upon the thrills, dinosaurs and environments fans have seen on the big screen. Guests will join the original cast of the films – Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing and BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu – as Jurassic World unveils the next evolution of its “carnivore expansion”: the VelociCoaster, where riders embark on a high-speed chase and feel the rush of the hunt while racing alongside a nimble Velociraptor pack.
The Jurassic World VelociCoaster will raise the bar in extreme roller coaster design and become the ultimate experience for coaster enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. Spanning more than 4,700 feet of track and reaching heights of up to 155 feet, the coaster’s signature maneuvers will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel rolling just inches above water, speeding through near-misses and launches within the paddock, and more…with just a lap restraint holding them in place.
Universal’s hyping this up as “a new species” of roller coaster, also billed as “the apex predator” of coasters. The coaster will offer the following thrills:
Accelerate through two pulse-pounding launches, the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds
Encounter a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon
Experience a zero-gravity inverted stall that will send riders upside down across 100 feet of track in a jaw-dropping maneuver that is the first of its kind
Go airborne during the towering “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80 degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet
Brace for a total of 12 heart-pounding seconds of airtime – the thrilling sensation of weightlessness riders feel when they’re lifted from their seats – throughout the entire adventure
Guests starting at 51″ (129.5 cm) tall will be able to experience Jurassic World VelociCoaster.
Here, we have a first look at the ride vehicles, which will feature the Jurassic World black and blue color scheme, with headlights at each seat.
Lap restraints will lower down to keep riders tightly in place—they’ll need it.
From there, you’re zooming past the rockwork, foliage, and dinosaur cages of Isla Nublar as you race through the jungle alongside raptors.
Here we see as the ride vehicles coast atop the coaster’s tallest peak—currently home to a pair of ospreys.
Finally, we have a full overview of the final product, beautifully lit up at night by the blue glow of the ride vehicles and the newly-redone Discovery Center.