The Future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

Feature: The Future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

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Islands of Adventure has bloomed from a reasonable attended, beautifully themed Park to one of the premier Theme Parks in the World. The addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has catapulted the Park into the limelight, and with more Wizarding World goodness on the way at sister Park Universal Studios Florida, the Universal Orlando Resort has become one of the most well regarded Theme Park destinations on the Planet. Now, with Worldwide focus on the Park, what about the future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure?

The Future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

Jurassic Park opened with Islands of Adventure, and had originally been planned as an addition to Universal Studios Florida, after the success of the attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood (with the original attraction costing more than the Jurassic Park movie). The area that was opened, however impressive, was somewhat scaled down from the original concepts (which you can find over at the Ride Design Warehouse). The original land would have included a roller coaster, as well as a simulator ride, in addition to Pteranodon Flyers, Triceratops Encounter, the Jurassic Park Visitors Center and Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Triceratops Encounter has been closed for a number of years now, and we’ve already discussed the possibility of a new attraction in the space behind River Adventure,  but with Harry Potter construction dying down, could Jurassic Park be next on the list for investment?

The Future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

Jurassic Park as it stands in 2014.

Islands of Adventure has already added Midway Games to the Jurassic Park area at the tail end of last year, and this proves that the Park is not beyond spending money on the area (even though the midway games are inherently designed to generate revenue, and in some people’s eyes, cheapen the area somewhat).

The Future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

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With a fourth Jurassic Park movie on the way, will we see a new attraction in Jurassic Park in the future? Possibly. Triceratops Encounter sits empty, and whilst there is room behind River Adventure, the most persistent rumours indicate that an East Coast version of King Kong 360 3-D will go here. However, there are also persistent rumours that a version of that attraction will replace Disaster! over at Universal Studios Florida.

It is likely that Universal will wait until Jurassic Park 4 hits, and gauge its reception by audiences before any major Jurassic Park additions come to the fore. However, Islands of Adventure have a fairly sizable amount of real estate to play with, and it would certainly not be out of the question for more Jurassic Park to come in the future.

So what of the Future of Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure? Only time will tell, but expect more dinosaurs in the future we say, and may it be so! Jurassic Park is, after all, awesome. Do you want to see more Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure? Let us know in the comments!

You can also check out, ‘Fake Theme Park Guides: Jurassic Park Theme Park’ here.

Luke Dunsmore is a lover of Theme Parks, and is the editor of ThemeParkInvestigator.Com, a news, review and opinion site dedicated to the fascinating World of Theme Parks. He lives in Manchester, UK.

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