June 25, 2015

5 awesome Jurassic Park rides that were never built

Jurassic World has taken the box office by storm, with nearly a billion dollars in sales in just the first two weekends, there’s no question that Universal Studios wants to cash in on the mega-hit. While nothing official has been said, Jurassic World merchandise has already filled the gift shops throughout the Universal Orlando resort and it's only a matter of time before a new dino-themed attraction is built. 

One thing is certain, Universal Creative will let no idea die. While some ideas for rides may collect dust over the years, or even decades, the chance that one day a good idea may see the light of day keeps many of those old plans in the backroom. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top five plans that were proposed but never built for Islands of Adventure’s Jurassic Park.    - Ken Storey

 

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Jurassic Park Jeep Safari
By far the most talked about ride for Jurassic Park is this obvious attraction based on the iconic scene from the first film. The jeep safari would have featured large vehicles that would have followed a scenic ride through dinosaur habitats until Velociraptors attacked the jeep. 
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Jurassic Park Jeep Safari
By far the most talked about ride for Jurassic Park is this obvious attraction based on the iconic scene from the first film. The jeep safari would have featured large vehicles that would have followed a scenic ride through dinosaur habitats until Velociraptors attacked the jeep.
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After the raptor attack, T-Rex would show up, spin the vehicle and push it backwards down a ravine into one final scene where the Jeep rights itself before pulling back into the load station. 
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After the raptor attack, T-Rex would show up, spin the vehicle and push it backwards down a ravine into one final scene where the Jeep rights itself before pulling back into the load station.
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In some of the leaked plans, the final scene looks to be inside a large sound studio style building. 
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In some of the leaked plans, the final scene looks to be inside a large sound studio style building.
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While the Jeep Safari plans were canned due to their similarity to the water ride, a Jeep safari is now being built in the same location as this proposed ride. 
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While the Jeep Safari plans were canned due to their similarity to the water ride, a Jeep safari is now being built in the same location as this proposed ride.
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Skull Island: Reign of Kong will be a jeep safari ride in the same spot. It will also feature final scenes being indoors.
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Skull Island: Reign of Kong will be a jeep safari ride in the same spot. It will also feature final scenes being indoors.
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Jurassic Park Helicoptours
Another ride that looked like a shoe in for awhile was a simulated helicopter tour of Jurassic Park. This Soarin’ style ride (nicknamed Dino Soarin by the fan community, a name that would later pop up in a Jurassic World land halfway across the world) would have given riders a fly-over of Isla Nublar with a Pteranodon attack towards the end of the ride. The ride was rumored to going where Hogwarts now stands. The large footprint and tall building kept this ride from being built. 
With costs much lower these days for flying theaters and new technology that allows them to be built on a much smaller footprint, Universal is once again rumored to be looking at this ride system (remember no idea ever dies), this time for a replacement to Twister at Universal Studios. It would include a fly-over of New York City and would be ‘hosted’ by Jimmy Fallon. If current rumors are true, it will likely be one of the next major additions to Universal Studios with an opening date of 2017-18. 
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Jurassic Park Helicoptours
Another ride that looked like a shoe in for awhile was a simulated helicopter tour of Jurassic Park. This Soarin’ style ride (nicknamed Dino Soarin by the fan community, a name that would later pop up in a Jurassic World land halfway across the world) would have given riders a fly-over of Isla Nublar with a Pteranodon attack towards the end of the ride. The ride was rumored to going where Hogwarts now stands. The large footprint and tall building kept this ride from being built.
With costs much lower these days for flying theaters and new technology that allows them to be built on a much smaller footprint, Universal is once again rumored to be looking at this ride system (remember no idea ever dies), this time for a replacement to Twister at Universal Studios. It would include a fly-over of New York City and would be ‘hosted’ by Jimmy Fallon. If current rumors are true, it will likely be one of the next major additions to Universal Studios with an opening date of 2017-18.
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Raptor Racers
The Raptor Racer has to be the most fleshed out but never realized plans for Islands of Adventure. Consider this one ‘shovel ready.’ It would involve a wooden coaster, some plans called for it to be a racing coaster while others kept it smaller. It would have featured a footprint roughly the size of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom with a comparable level of thrills. The ride would’ve been a wooden coaster, likely a design similar to the Splinter coaster from The Gravity Group, that would take rides through the amber mines. Just like any good mine coaster, this one would eventually have an ‘uh oh’ moment where dinosaurs attack. A small dark ride segment would entail and feature a scene with the track itself vibrating the cars. 
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Raptor Racers
The Raptor Racer has to be the most fleshed out but never realized plans for Islands of Adventure. Consider this one ‘shovel ready.’ It would involve a wooden coaster, some plans called for it to be a racing coaster while others kept it smaller. It would have featured a footprint roughly the size of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom with a comparable level of thrills.
The ride would’ve been a wooden coaster, likely a design similar to the Splinter coaster from The Gravity Group, that would take rides through the amber mines. Just like any good mine coaster, this one would eventually have an ‘uh oh’ moment where dinosaurs attack. A small dark ride segment would entail and feature a scene with the track itself vibrating the cars.
Photo via disneyandmore
The ‘wow factor’ of this ride would've beeen a unique lighting effect that would help sell the dinosaur attack. Special UV light at the train station would unveil what would look to be dinosaur claw marks on the train cars. The ride was rumored to be replacing the Triceratops Encounter with part of the ride also in the Camp Jurassic play area.  The ride was never built and the only wooden coaster in Orlando remains White Lighting at Fun Spot just across I-4 from the Universal Studios Resort.
A similar ride featuring 
omnimover ride system (like most of the dark rides at Walt Disney World) was also proposed; it would follow a similar story but would open with scenes from the Mr DNA film of the first movie. It would have featured a similar footprint as the kiddie coaster.
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The ‘wow factor’ of this ride would've beeen a unique lighting effect that would help sell the dinosaur attack. Special UV light at the train station would unveil what would look to be dinosaur claw marks on the train cars. The ride was rumored to be replacing the Triceratops Encounter with part of the ride also in the Camp Jurassic play area. The ride was never built and the only wooden coaster in Orlando remains White Lighting at Fun Spot just across I-4 from the Universal Studios Resort.
A similar ride featuring omnimover ride system (like most of the dark rides at Walt Disney World) was also proposed; it would follow a similar story but would open with scenes from the Mr DNA film of the first movie. It would have featured a similar footprint as the kiddie coaster.
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Jurassic Park flying coaster
This rumor dates back all the way to the original opening of Islands of Adventure. The ride would’ve been a flying coaster similar to Manta. It was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, the same minds behind Manta. The flying coaster was themed to the Pteranodon Aviary. The ride would feature a number of close calls with the pterandons. 
The new Jurassic World movie features a Pterosaurs aviary. Interestingly enough Universal Studios Japan recently saw construction walls go up in its Jurassic Park land. On the construction walls a pterondon style bird is featured with the teaser “The Greatest DINOSAUR RIDE IN THE WORLD! Coming in 2016." Many believe that this is a resurrection of the old flying coaster plans. With the ride being built in Japan. 
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Jurassic Park flying coaster
This rumor dates back all the way to the original opening of Islands of Adventure. The ride would’ve been a flying coaster similar to Manta. It was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, the same minds behind Manta. The flying coaster was themed to the Pteranodon Aviary. The ride would feature a number of close calls with the pterandons.
The new Jurassic World movie features a Pterosaurs aviary. Interestingly enough Universal Studios Japan recently saw construction walls go up in its Jurassic Park land. On the construction walls a pterondon style bird is featured with the teaser “The Greatest DINOSAUR RIDE IN THE WORLD! Coming in 2016." Many believe that this is a resurrection of the old flying coaster plans. With the ride being built in Japan.
Photo via Twitter
Dino-Soarin’
This simple spinner is a kiddie ride in The Lost World area of Universal Studios Singapore. Similar to Dumbo, this kiddie ride has been rumored as a replacement to the popular but slow loading Pteranodon Flyers. Dino-Soarin’ features large Pteranodons that seat two people. A second spinner ride has been rumored for IOA since well before Harry Potter moved in, at one point one themed to the Whipping Willow was proposed for Hogsmeade. Some believe it will still be installed as part of the Hogsmeade expansion. 
The Dino-Soarin’ ride would be part of a larger update to Jurassic Park that would include changing the name of the land to Jurassic World and updating the land to better reflect the new movie. 
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Dino-Soarin’
This simple spinner is a kiddie ride in The Lost World area of Universal Studios Singapore. Similar to Dumbo, this kiddie ride has been rumored as a replacement to the popular but slow loading Pteranodon Flyers. Dino-Soarin’ features large Pteranodons that seat two people. A second spinner ride has been rumored for IOA since well before Harry Potter moved in, at one point one themed to the Whipping Willow was proposed for Hogsmeade. Some believe it will still be installed as part of the Hogsmeade expansion.
The Dino-Soarin’ ride would be part of a larger update to Jurassic Park that would include changing the name of the land to Jurassic World and updating the land to better reflect the new movie.
Photo via cavinteo.blogspot.com