Welcome to Jurassic Park

Well it’s been awhile since I wrote about Universal Studios…The reason being we let our annual passes expire last year, and didn’t get new ones again until last month, and just in time to say farewell to Jurassic Park: The Ride.

When Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park hit theaters in 1993, it was an instant success. And just three years later it was the basis for a ride at Universal Studios. This weekend, after an amazing 22 year run, Jurassic Park: The Ride closed, but will not be altogether lost. The ride is getting refurbished and re-themed to the new chapter, Jurassic World. But, being kids who grew up in the 90s, we had to visit Jurassic Park one more time.

Myself and Patrick have never been all that willing to take the camera on this ride, due to its nature as a water ride, but as its facing extinction (yeah, I went there) I begged Patrick to try to snap a few photos!

Guests board rafts for a peaceful ride through the land of herbivore dinosaurs, but quickly something goes wrong, as guests are diverted and enter a building where raptors and other vicious dinosaurs wreck havoc, and soon guests are face to face with a T-rex before plunging down an 85 foot drop and getting soaked.

The archway into the Jurassic Park ride, just like in the film - a medium brown stucco like material with red text outlined in yellow reading "Jurassic Park"

A raptor juts out from the leaves near the entrance to the ride.

Standing just outside the waterfall lagoon wearing a green t-shirt featuring the yellow and red Jurassic Park logo, and black shorts.

After passing through the archway you pass under the sign reading "River Adventure Ride" in green text.

guests make the plunge into the waterfall lagoon below.

Standing just outside the waterfall lagoon wearing a green t-shirt featuring the yellow and red Jurassic Park logo, and black shorts.

Screens in the queue offer guests insight into Jurassic Park and how the park was created.

An ice cream cart in line feature imagery and text like that in the film - including what looks like dinosaur skin and markings.

A cartoon feature "Mr. DNA" who looks like DNA explains how the dinosaurs were made.

Standing just outside the waterfall lagoon wearing a green t-shirt featuring the yellow and red Jurassic Park logo, and black shorts.

The Central Control for the ride.

In large rock work text reads "Jurassic Park"

A caution sign lets guests know they are entering the herbivore area and that there is an electrified fence, and unrestrained animals ahead.

A dinosaur lounges in a pool and rocks and flowers spring up.

A long neck rises high above the guests as they pass through the river.

A rock reads "Stegosaur Springs"

A large stegosaur.

Tiny dinos fight over a box of popcorn.

A guest boat looks like it caught a snag, a Dilophosaurus appears from out of an empty boat with bits of yellow ripped poncho from his mouth, he may have eaten some tourists.

A Dilophosaurus squirts guests one last time.

A can of Barbasol shaving cream, like that in the movie, sits upon the rocks.

Looking down upon the boats as they glide by, they are yellow with red seats and feature the Jurassic Park logo.

Standing just outside the waterfall lagoon wearing a green t-shirt featuring the yellow and red Jurassic Park logo, and black shorts.

Standing just outside the waterfall lagoon wearing a green t-shirt featuring the yellow and red Jurassic Park logo, and black shorts.

A sign informs guests that the velociraptor likes selfies.

Guests may meet a fairly friendly raptor just outside the ride.

Standing just outside the waterfall lagoon wearing a green t-shirt featuring the yellow and red Jurassic Park logo, and black shorts.

I won’t lie, I will greatly miss this ride. Not only was it one of the most well done rides, it was also a nostalgia trip for sure every time I rode it, but the times change, and so must the attractions at Universal Studios. Jurassic World is slated to open sometime next year.

Outfit
Jurassic Park Tee: Universal Studios
Shorts: Voodoo Vixen
Shoes:Β Re-Mix

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