The birth of Velocicoaster: A look back at Universal’s new species of coaster

New thrill ride now open at Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando's Jurassic World: Velocicoaster
Universal Orlando's Jurassic World: Velocicoaster (McReynolds)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort has opened its newest attraction, the Jurassic World Velocicoaster.

Thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to soar 155 feet in the air and catapult up to 70 mph alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack.

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The attraction, located at the Islands of Adventure theme park, is Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster.

For Universal fans, getting to the attraction’s big opening day has felt like a million years in the making.

Research and development of the coaster has taken about four years, but overall construction took a little more than two years.

“This coaster was just a squiggle on a piece of paper,” said Shelby Honea, show producer for Universal Creative. “We wanted to make sure this was a thrill coaster. We wanted to make sure we were protecting the environment -- the lush growth we have here at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and of course, you have to have teeth at a Jurassic World attraction, which is a challenge on a 70-mile-per-hour coaster.”

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