A major leap in progress has begun at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park as the Jurassic World Velocicoaster is now periodically doing test runs. This upcoming coaster will be one of the most impressive in Universal’s portfolio. Two launches, numerous inversions, and a 100 foot zero-gravity inverted stall are just some of its impressive feats.
The coaster was occasionally testing after hours at the park. But now, Universal is showing off the speed and velocity for all to see during daytime hours.
This will become the fourth roller coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It will also challenge The Incredible Hulk for the most intense thrill ride in the park. With speeds up to 70 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds, this coaster packs a punch.
The Velocicoaster will essentially be split into two sections. The first is a series of aggressive twists and turns in the raptor enclosure. The picture above is the first turn maneuver guests will encounter after the initial launch.
The first half of the attraction is placed in a somewhat tiny spot for a coaster of this caliber. Universal has fully embraced this challenge by making turns like the one you see above. In fact, in a previous article we referred to the arrangement of track as a jumbled-looking mess, with its multitudes of layers, twists, and turns inside the rock work.
From the twists and turns comes the 70 mile per hour launch into the 155-foot-tall top hat maneuver. Guests will rocket out from under the ride’s main structure, be met with the sky, and then quickly head towards the ground again.
While the first half of the coaster resides in a relatively small area, the second half stretches itself out. The large turns and high speeds will take riders from the center of Jurassic Park to the edges of Hogsmeade and The Lost Continent areas of the park.
The coaster is going to be big. It’s going to be fast. It’s going to be intense. And, it should house some surprises for us during both launches as well. There are supposed to be two short show elements before and during the launch sequences.
Check out this video for a multi-angle viewing of the Velocicoaster testing.
Velocicoaster is going to open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in the summer of 2021 (with a possible soft opening in the spring). It’s going to have a minimum height requirement of 51 inches and it will reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour.
How does the Velocicoaster testing look to you? Are you planning to be among the first to brave this roller coaster? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments.