Universal Fans Call For Massive Overhaul Of Dated Yet Iconic Attraction

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Whether you’re at Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort, there are some attractions that just simply transcend the “normal” and end up in “iconic” status.

There are quite a few of those at Universal Orlando Resort, including E.T. Adventure Ride, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and Revenge of the Mummy. But, perhaps the most iconic of all is Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Jurassic Park River Adventure, located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, has been a staple at the theme park since it opened in 1999. The iconic movie franchise– Jurassic Park and Jurassic World— has spawned a total of five movies with a sixth one, Jurassic World Dominion (2022) on the way.

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However, as time– the everflowing river– wears on, many Universal Orlando Resort fans are concerned about the attraction and its current state.

Reddit user U/captainn00dles replied in response to a Guest asking if features on the attraction had been fixed.

“I’ll be honest I rode it two months ago and it needs a massive overhaul,” the Guest said. “A lot of the animatronics are showing their age.”

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Another user, U/andjuan, said they rode the beloved Universal Orlando Resort attraction last week and it looked “run down” to them.

“We were there last week and I was disappointed by how run down it’s gotten,” the Guest said. “The gates no longer open as you slowly approach. That first dinosaur looks so ridiculous when it’s just sitting there and then pops up as the boat approaches. The raptor box no longer drops as you enter the dark part of the ride. And as you mentioned, most of the animatronics just look dated in general now.”

Jurassic Park River Adventure underwent a three-week closure for scheduled maintenance in January but remained largely the same except for a few fixed animatronics and features that were out. The attraction is now more than 20 years old and there have been rumors of it being updated to a Jurassic World IP.

The Jurassic World Velocicoaster recently opened next door to River Adventure and has been extremely well-received.

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Universal Orlando Resort is home to many thrilling and epic attractions that you won’t want to miss. You can experience Hogsmeade, which includes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, and The Flight of the Hippogriff, as well as Jurassic Park River Adventure, the all-new Jurassic World: Velocicoaster, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and much more at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Then, don’t forget about all the amazing attractions like Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, The Simpson’s Ride, E.T. Adventure Ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s, MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack, Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt, and much more all next door at Universal Studios Florida. Also in major Universal Parks News, Epic Universe— the largest Universal Park in the world— is currently under construction and is set to be finished by 2025.

What do you think of Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort? Let us know in the comments.

If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies! And, who could forget about the Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’! Universal is also in the midst of building its biggest theme park ever, the Epic Universe, which is set to open in 2025. Or, how about a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the movies?

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