Are you brave enough to face down Velociraptor Blue and The Raptor Squad?
If you’re a thrill-seeker, you’re in for the ride of a lifetime with the Jurassic World Velocicoaster! Reaching speeds of up to 70 mph, you’ll feel like you’re practically flying as you soar, plummet, and barrel-roll in the air!
It’ll definitely be an experience for the books – or more likely, for your Instagram feed. Here are some of the features that you and your friends will be wow’ed by!
1. You’ll feel like you’re in a Jurassic World movie while you’re waiting in line!
The ride begins with an incredibly-detailed, themed queue. The story takes place before the events of the first Jurassic World movie, and Claire Dearing, the resort operations manager, decides to add more dinosaurs to the park.
She okays the development and addition of the Indominus Rex, but her plans for the addition are delayed. During this delay, the velociraptors begin to demonstrate signs of intelligence, and Claire designs a new ride – a roller coaster in the middle of a velociraptor exhibit!
As you walk into the lobby, you’ll see four sculptures of Jurassic World’s featured raptors – Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. As you continue on, the line meanders near the area where the roller coaster launches, making you feel the wind from the sheer velocity of the cars! Then, if you look to your other side, you can see the raptors moseying around in their habitat.
Next is one of the highlights of the queue – two incredibly-detailed, full-grown velociraptors! Here, you can find Delta and Echo in the stables, waiting to be groomed. You’ll get to see them scanning the room and occasionally testing the limits of their restraints.
It’s a truly awe-inspiring scene, since the dinosaurs are so close! Guests will be able to watch them and feel as if they’re really part of the action. Disney took care of all the details of this one – right down to creating the scent in the air and mimicking the dinosaurs’ breath! They really spared not expense here…
Towards the end of the queue, you’ll receive a briefing from Claire, and a warning from Owen Grady as you prepare for your adventure. Then it’s time for the ride itself!
2. The Jurassic World Velocicoaster is one of the first few in the country to only feature a lap bar when it goes upside-down!
Yes, you read that right. When you get into the vehicle, you’ll have to pull a lap bar down from overhead in order to secure yourself into your seat. There are no restraints above your shoulders! Feel free to raise your hands on this ride, because the lap bar has proved itself to be enough to hold you into your seat.
If you’re still skeptical, allow me to give you a brief physics lesson. Centrifugal force is what pulls you to the side during a hairpin turn, and keeps your tuckus in the seat when you’re going into a loop. In reality, that force is aiding your lap bar in its purpose to secure you nice and tight in your seat.
This lap bar roller coaster design has several advantages. If you’re on the shorter side, your head won’t feel like a pinball being bounced back and forth between the shoulder restraints for this one. If you’re on the taller side, you won’t feel like the shoulder bars are smushing and compressing your torso while you’re trying to enjoy the ride.
The lap bar is better suited to fit all shapes and sizes. Unlike most roller coasters, you can just set it and forget it while you go flying around above the velociraptor habitat.
3. The Jurassic World Velocicoaster was built for high speed thrills– and a whole lot more!
This new roller coaster breaks several of Florida’s records. It now has bragging rights to being the tallest and fastest launch coaster in Florida, with its start only taking 2.4 seconds to reach 70 mph!
On the ride, you’ll race through the velociraptor paddock with the raptors following closely behind. Then, as you emerge from the launch area, you’ll find yourself going over a hill and down into a corkscrew, twisting and turning your way through the vegetation at mind-blowing high speeds!
Halfway through the ride comes the feature that is a favorite amongst daredevils – the Top Hat. You’ll go twisting 155 feet straight up into the air, and have a brief second or two to take in the view before plunging downward at an 80 degree angle! The ride then continues swooping, turning, and soaring as you have some near misses with the raptors.
Another fan-favorite is the 360-degree barrel roll over the Islands of Adventure Lagoon! You’ll be so close to the water, you’ll feel like you can reach up and touch it before the coaster returns to its starting location.
4. The Immersion doesn’t end when you get off the ride – there’s a Raptor Encounter next!
At the Raptor Encounter, you will have the chance to interact with a caretaker who will introduce you to the baby raptors – Sierra and Tango! Here, you can watch as they crane their necks back and forth with curious expressions on their faces; and listen as their caretaker tells you more about them. You’ll even have the opportunity to get your picture taken with them!
As a bonus, you’ll also get to see Blue again as she makes a reappearance in the encounter area. Here, you can approach her and take a selfie with her – if you dare!
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