The Triceratops attraction in Jurassic Park at Universal’s Islands of Adventure reopened yesterday after being closed for many years.
Formerly known as Triceratops Encounter, the attraction is basically the same as before, but with a new name, Triceratops Discovery Trail. Guests walk-through the electric fences of Jurassic Park to meet one of three “living, breathing” triceratops dinosaurs. The large animatronic dinosaurs each have their own names and personalities.
The attraction is not yet on the park map and team members were calling this week a soft opening. Upon leaving the attraction today, guests were asked their opinion of the experience. It’s expected to stay open for good now, but the team members said that will be decided after this week. There’s a long queue area that’s not yet open, but it will probably open once the soft opening is finished.
Guests can also meet a baby triceratops held by one of the Jurassic Park staff while waiting to enter, and they sometimes bring the baby in to interact with the large triceratops. The attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all this week.
The lifelike qualities exhibited by the dinos is hard to explain, so here’s a video preview of the experience:
Photos and video by Banks Lee.