Universal just released some behind the scenes info on the brand new Jurassic World VelociCoaster. Gregory Hall and Shelby Honea, the Art Director and Show Producer of the project, talk us through the creative project and some brand new information about the “Apex Predator” of coasters.
“Everything is there for a reason,” Greg says. “The whole team made sure that every element makes the whole experience better for the guest. Whether it’s upping the safety or the storyline — everything about this ride has multiple purposes..” It has four inversions, two launches, an “inverted zero-gravity stall,” a 155-foot tall “top hat” with a 140-foot drop at eight degrees, and all this with only lap-bar restraints on the vehicles. All of this while going 70 MPH.
The article also says that the VelociCoaster team worked with filmmakers to make this epic thrill ride as authentic to the movies as possible. “And, of course, there are dinosaurs. Greg and Shelby and the rest of their team have been working directly with the filmmakers to ensure the Raptors throughout the attraction are true to the films. Also, the term “filmmakers” here does in fact include the likes of Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg, both of whom Greg and Shelby have met with over the course of this project.”
“We were nervous, of course,” Greg says. “But then the doors open and Steven Spielberg says, ‘Hello, old friends’ and there is literally a light behind him that looks like an aura. You can’t make that up. I’ve been working with his intellectual properties for a while (TRANSFORMERS), but this was my first time really talking and sitting down with him.”
Jurassic World VelociCoaster is set to open this summer with Universal hinting at an official date soon. The ride will have a height restriction of 51” and is sure to be a new species of coaster at the parks. Keep following along as we continue to get information on this amazing new roller coaster.
Source: Information and images from Blog Universal’s article found here.
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