Universal Orlando gears up for Jurassic World VelociCoaster

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Universal Orlando Resort announced Tuesday that it plans to open Jurassic World VelociCoaster, one of the most highly anticipated roller coasters to debut this year, at its Islands of Adventure theme park June 10.

Known for attractions that combine sophisticated effects with edgy, high-octane thrills, Universal’s new dinosaur-themed ride may be its most scream-tastic yet. Among its most- striking features, VelociCoaster will attempt to outgun ravenous, lithe velociraptors with a magnetic launch that will hit 70 mph in 2.4 seconds and send passengers soaring up and over a 155-foot top hat tower.

“This will be one of the most thrilling coasters in the world,” predicts Greg Hall, Universal Creative art director and one of the attraction’s principal designers.

After passengers teeter over the apex of the top-hat tower, they’ll plummet at an 80-degree angle down the other side. They’ll also get tossed upside down four times, including a 100-foot-long, “zero-gravity stall” that will last mere seconds but probably feel like an eternity since riders will be inverted and dangling with nothing more than a lap bar holding them down. (The ride vehicles will not use over-the-shoulder restraints.) Hall says that most passengers’ feet will not touch the floor of the deep vehicles, which will add to their sense of vulnerability as they endure the coaster’s twists, flips and turns.

For its finale, VelociCoaster will perform a 360-degree barrel-roll inversion a few feet above the lagoon at Islands of Adventure. Riders will experience a weightless sensation, almost as if they are floating along the water. Universal has dubbed the maneuver a “mosasaurus roll,” in honor of the memorable dinosaur feeding show scene from the first “Jurassic World” movie. In all, the ride will deliver 12 seconds of airtime, the distinctive coaster sensation that passengers experience as they levitate out of their seats.

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