Restrictions and access
42 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line; there are lockers near the attraction’s entrance that can be used for a small fee, but you are not required to stow loose articles in them — just be sure to note there is no storage on the Jurassic Park ride vehicles.
Two sentence insider summary
65 million years in the making, your boat ride through Jurassic Park will give you an education alright–an education on how to become T-Rex’s next meal! (Now that’s funny right there.) This flume ride starts out immersing you in the natural dinosaur habitat and ends with a plunge.
4 out of 5. The plunge is tall and very steep.
Just like Ripsaw Falls, the wait times here depend largely on how nice it is outside. On warm summer days the waits can be 75 minutes or longer. On other days the wait generally is not longer than 20 minutes.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
If you end up in front, you are probably going to get soaked. If you end up in the back, it may not be that bad.
OI fun fact
When the attraction opened in 1990 it featured the largest theme park water decent ever constructed.
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Guest reviews of Jurassic Park River Adventure
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This ride is a must!!! My two teenage boys love it and so do I . Big fans of this ride as well as the movies. A thrill for sure!!!!!
We were wet from the rain but would recommend getting wet anyway for this ride. We rode it when it was new and we still love to ride it now. Fan of the movies or not this is a great adventure ride.
Wish It Was Longer
Part of the brilliance behind this ride is that they took a seven minute attraction experience and managed to mirror the expert pacing of the original Jurassic Park film. As in the movie, the first half of the ride is a nice and gentle exploration of the Park. You are surrounded by magnificent, peaceful dinosaurs. All of this serves to lull you into a sense of safety until... things go wrong, terribly wrong. And, as in the film, the second half of the ride is a harrowing experience trying to escape not-so-peaceful dinosaurs.
This ride is certainly fun even if you haven't seen the movie, but I appreciated the fact that Universal did such a great job of putting me into the story of those characters.
Life found a way
Must do, over and over again for our family. Where else do you get to quietly float with life size dinosaurs then have everything go wrong and you find yourself in the dark with dinosaurs on the loose, and Therese ones aren't the nice ones. The ride is very well done, and man, nothing can prepare you for that drop, I still close my eyes every time. Express pass gets you on in under 5 minutes. Well worth it just for this ride. Every dinosaur lovers dream.
Welcome to jurassic Park
It was always me and my husbands dream to visit this attraction. We recently got married and live in the uk, and for our honeymoon we visited disney and universal. Jurassic park is prob top 5 favourite movies and we were not disappointed by this attraction. It had the music, dinosaurs and thrills that the movie did,as well as a little or a lot of splashing, luckily I bought a poncho. My favourite part was the trex mouth leading up to the drop at the end. It was suspenseful and lifelike. We took multiple photos in front of the jurassic park gateway. We also couldn't resist the tshirts!!!!
A Must Do!
You have to admit. After everything was said and done Jurassic Park still looked like an awesome place to visit. Islands of Adventure gives you just that! You get to experience the adventure, the dinosaurs, and the mighty thrill of it all knowing you'll be sleeping in your bed by the end of the night and not in the pit of a T-Rex.
Absolutely perfect for those hot summer days and even a great ride for then cooler months. I absolutely LOVE this ride and it is one my family wakes up early for. A Memory is created each time! Well Done IOA, Well done!
I had never been on this ride before, and was scared of the 75ft. Drop. Turns out, that is the only good part of the ride, in my opinion. The rest of it is just a ride through the forest with Dinosaurs. I was hoping there would be some more small Drops. I recommend this ride only for the waterfall or if you are a huge Dinosaur fan!
got up the nerve this time
having wimped out of this ride 10 years ago on my "once in a lifetime" holiday, I was kicking myself, i took one look at the drop and turned away. This time however I took my courage in both hands and loved it, sitting in your boat going gently through the river seeing as the lovely herbivores (or veggiesuars ;) ) then your round the bend and mayhem starts, with raptors noise all around and the evidence of their escape, so busy are you looking out for the raptor's it's too late before you see king of the predators t rex, and before you can get your breath back from that you are hurtling down that huge drop, although it's so quick it's well worth the rest of the ride, so much so i did it half a dozen times after that.
Unexpected water thrill!
So picture this, you're walking around IOA, it's hot and humid. You see the Jurassic Park River Adventure and decide that this would be a great ride to help you cool off. You are absolutely correct. However this ride gives you much more than just a splash, it gives you what its name promises, an adventure.
Once you make it to the "boat" you begin your tour of Jurassic Park. You get to see the lovely dinosaurs and have some fun with the other Dino adventurers on the boat. But then suddenly, you realize something is off. Something that your tour wasn't anticipating. Next thing you know you're rushing away from danger, climbing upwards to escape from being some dinosaurs fast food, and suddenly, right when you least expect it, you fall... Right back into IOA.
This ride absolutely gave all that is expected and more. It had thrills, chills and will be leaving you wanting for more.
I recommend that everyone take one chance to experience an adventure that cannot be found elsewhere, with dinosaurs that are still alive today.
More of a Growl than a Roar
I've always wanted to take my mother on the Jurassic Park River Adventure since It first came out. The queue was themed pretty well and the music was drilling a hole in my ear (haha). I loved the ride, don't get me wrong, I just wish that it was not a slow-to-build ride that kicked to an 11 on the scale at the very last second.
The dinosaurs themselves were marvels of technology and cinematography, but I wanted to see more! Maybe an update? Seeing a swooping surprise like the pterodactyls from the 3rd movie? Some more splashing effects or a deeper sense of urgency to really let the rider dive into the world of Jurassic Park. Overall the ride was great but it left a little something to be desired after all those years of waiting. See for yourself! The T-Rex gets me everytime!
Splash Mountain ain't got nothing on this!
Jurassic Park is a monster of a movie, no pun intended. Therefore, the expectations going into this attraction were as high.
River Adventures did not disappoint. Crafted with intricate detail, including the unforgettable music of John Williams, it has been cleverly constructed in such a manner that the rider doesn't realize just how high they've climbed until that drop at the end... The picture Universal took during our final descent said it all: My husband's hat was literally being blown off his head and... let's just say that I was screaming so hard, I had NO idea I could open my mouth as wide as the camera caught it at that particular moment. In that case, a picture truly was worth a thousand words.
Best water ride at USF
This ride certainly lives up to the sensational movie that is 'Jurassic park.' Of all the rides this was the one we were both dying to experience. It's a nostalgic, memorable film to us and we just hoped it would truly represent the success of the film. From the beginning, on entering the ride, the music really gave us the tingles as we queued. On boarding the boat, we were taken through the river adventure and as Sir David's voice said the famous words 'Welcome to Jurassic Park' we felt we were in the movie. The dinosaurs were fascinating and realistic and as our boat 'went off track' my mood suddenly changed and I felt wonderfully anxious. The feel of the ride totally changed, and the ending with the T. rex and the velociraptors attacking us and the final 'drop' was breathtaking. We're coming back for more July 24th and we're heading straight to JP!!