Universal Teases ‘Jurassic Park’ Water Ride Facing Extinction

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One of the biggest allures to visiting Universal Orlando Resort is being immersed in the magic of some of the most beloved movies of all time.

When Guests visit Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, they are treated to popular IPs like E.T., The Simpsons, Men In Black, Despicable Me Harry Potter, and, of course, Jurassic Park.

Last year, Universal opened the thrilling Jurassic World Velocicoaster, but the addition of the popular coaster may not be the only change coming to the theme park in the future.

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In the Jurassic Park River Adventure gift shop, there is a new line of merchandise that features t-shirts from all the attractions in the area, including River Adventure, the Velocicoaster, and Pteranodon Flyers.

Jurassic World Merchandise
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However, it seems there is one notable change that can be spotted on these t-shirts. All of them have the Jurassic World logo, including River Adventure.

While on the surface this might not seem like a big deal, it could very well be speaking volumes about what’s in store for the future of Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Jurassic World Merchandise
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The ride is already mentioned at the end of the Jurassic World Velocicoaster when Claire tells Owen that he is needed for “an incident over at River Adventure” and the ride has also been criticized by many Universal fans, who have called it “outdated” and in need of major refurbishments.

Jurassic World: The Ride, over at Universal Studios Hollywood, has been a big hit and it would make a lot of sense if Universal was going to go the Jurassic World route to use many elements from that attraction as a way to update the beloved water ride without getting rid of it completely. The name would change and the animatronics and storyline would be different, but the basis of taking a tour and having a large plunge at the end would remain the same.

River Adventure
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At this point, however, Universal hasn’t confirmed anything and it would seem that River Adventure will remain intact with the Jurassic Park IP, at least in the short term.

Universal’s official description of Jurassic Park River Adventure reads:

It’s Lunchtime and You’re on the Menu.

One minute, you’re gliding along in your raft. The next, you’re face to face with a giant T. rex. There’s nowhere to turn. She’s bearing down on you and your only escape from her razor sharp teeth is to take the pitch-black plunge before you. Did we mention it’s an 85-foot drop?

Jurassic Park River Adventure
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More On Universal Orlando Resort

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 potential significant changes coming to River Adventure? 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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