Fans of the classic film Jurassic Park, and dinosaurs, recently said a sad goodbye to the 22-year-old Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood in Florida.
After Universal studios celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg box office hit, Jurassic Park, held at Jurassic Park – The Ride this May, the immensely popular ride is closing. Opened back in 1996, the ride the ride was filled with animatronic dinosaurs. It was accompanied by the iconic John Williams soundtrack from the films.
Once the closure was announced, many fans began flocking to the park in the past few months to experience the ride one last time. Hundreds of people even waited in line for hours on its last day. Ironically, the ride is closing (in part) due to the success of the recent revival of the dinosaur franchise, with the Jurassic World films.
The fan favourite Jurassic Park ride closes at Universal after 22 long years
Dinosaur fans can now get their fix at the new Jurassic World Ride that is set to open in 2019. This ride will be inspired by the new films, rather than just the old trilogy from the 1990s. Universal Studios says that it will feature more technologically-advanced rides based on iconic moments from the movies.
However, the new ride will also retain elements of the older Jurassic Park ride. This includes the well-known 84-foot drop, making it “part expedition, part heart-pounding water ride”. The classic ride will still remain open at the Universal Parks in Orlando and Osaka.
Fans can also experience the upcoming Jurassic World Live Tour that is set to debut in the US in the fall of 2019. A collaboration between Universal and Feld Entertainment Inc., it will be “an innovative format in an immersive arena setting coupled with a unique narrative that includes iconic locations and fan favourite dinosaurs”. Featuring a herd of animatronic dinosaurs that fans can actually engage with, it will also continue on a global tour.
You can also visit the newly opened Dinoparque in Portugal, which has been called the “real Jurassic Park”.