International film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong of Universal’s “Jurassic World” will be reprising their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu in Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Jurassic World-The Ride” when it opens this summer!
According to Universal, the characters will be featured in new original context created exclusively for the ride. During the experience, Owen, Claire, and Dr. Wu will shed light on their interactions with the dinosaurs along with facts and information about the imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.
When it premieres later this year, the new ride will feature an original storyline that is said to take guests on a breathtaking excursion through the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, “Jurassic World.”
The ride will feature iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the aquatic Mosasaurus in her natural habitat. This will be the first time fans of the major block-buster film will be able to see the underwater creature and become immersed within her massive Aquarium Observatory. In the attraction, the creature, which spans over 60 feet in length and tips the scale at over 30-thousand pounds, will appear through state-of-the-art visual effects and will move just inches away from guests throughout her glass enclosure.
To create this exciting new experience, Universal Creative collaborated with Industrial Light & Magic to bring the Mosasaurus to life and to capture the realism of her underwater environment using visual effects and cutting-edge technologies. This included the use of a motion parallax, a technique that shifts the guest’s perspective of the Mosasaurus as she moves throughout the tank.
Reportedly, the team also employed a series of lighting enhancements allowing the aquarium to intuitively shift from day to night, as well as visual changes to the environment during inclement weather. Through this process, the team was able to create a variety of visual scenarios guests can experience based on when they experience the ride.
Once guests pass through the queue, they will board specially designed rafts that will navigate the lush environments of dense vegetation and traverse new areas designed with towering dinosaurs meandering at just an arm’s length away.
Encounters with docile creatures such as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning spectators to prey. This will lead to the rafts spilling down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the only means of escape.
Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the “Jurassic World” franchise, will engage guests in face-to-face encounters.