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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My husband and I took a short afternoon trip today with the intention of riding a water ride. As it happened the park was closing at 7PM and we found ourselves at 6:45 having not ridden one yet. Luckily, we were close to Jurassic Park, so we headed for the River Adventure. We got right in and there was no one else waiting, so they put us right on a raft to ourselves. They advised 4th row middle seats for minimum splash. We had so much fun - when you go "off course" it felt more real since it was just the 2 of us. The big splash got us in the face but the rest of us stayed pretty dry. We bought plastic covers for our wallets and phones, and they were perfect for the afternoon at the park. I will ride this one again for sure!
This ride is so fun! Very family oriented! I love it!
The last time I rode it I was in the Splash-Zone area watching all the people drop... some carts had less than 10 people on it and others were filled. Some people were getting SOAKED and others were as dry as a bone. I\'m guessing it\'s all about the weight and stuff on the cart.
Anyways, so after watching a few carts go down I decided it was my turn to ride. I hadn\'t been on in a while and I couldn\'t remember everything. As soon as I sat down (I sat on the right edge in some middle row) the seat was wet... immediately as we started moving up a hill, I thought we were going to go smoothly down.. then the cart stopped abruptly and I yelped... everyone next to me was laughing because there was a sign right there that said \"No Screaming\" or something... Haha! Oh well!
Later throughout the ride... when the T-Rex shows up (right before the big drop) I was like, oooohh here\'s the big drop! And I took off my sunglasses so I could see... The water splashed ALL IN MY FACE and I was like OH NO NO NO... I had ruined my mascara!! So I had to walk off the ride with my glasses on to cover the smudges until I reached the bathroom! HAHA! That was NOT expected!
So ladies, if you plan on wearing makeup and plan on going on a water ride... I WARN YOU! :)
Jurassic Park River Adventure has it all. There is an impeccably themed queue that sets up the story of the ride, as well as a large ride vessel so that the line moves quickly. Then you get on your raft and the ride begins. The music swells, and those great gates swing open, and you really feel like you are in the movie. I love the gentle beginning, the tension building middle, and the terrifying end of this ride. No matter how many time I ride it, that T-Rex makes me scream! You will most likely get very wet on this ride, so be prepared. Another element that I love about this ride is that the raft seats five people per row. It is rare that my family of five does not have to split up on rides, so we really like this one!
It was my husband's first time on this ride he usually does not get scared but the terrified look on his face when he saw the we were about tto get attacked made my vacation
Prepare to get soaked!!!
Jurassic Park River Adventure is such a great ride. I love the start as you hear the theme and the gates open "welcome to Jurassic Park" it is like you ars there.
The animatronics are superb, the dinosaurs are so life like and it starts a nice quite educational journey.
Then it all goes down hill (quite literally), the big T-Rex is excellent as it run towards you. The drop is actually quite fast and I always seem to get well and truly soaked.
Great ride, my favorite water ride at Universal!
Dinosaurs don't mind the cold.
If you are not a fan of getting wet either skip this ride or put on some rain gear. Don't be the 'Debbie Downer' of the group because you are wet and unhappy. At the very lease sit behind someone bigger then you and duck down at the last drop to avoid the extra amount of water coming your way.
To start you get in a boat that seats 8-12 I think. It was a quiet at this ride when we went, more about that later though. You start with a tour that is much like the one in the movie. The music is playing along with the narration and it really does make you feel like you could be there. What if they DO exist!
The creatures themselves are great. I know they have better tech now, but this was still well done and if you know your dino trivia you will catch yourself naming them off. At this point things are going smoothly in the ride. We all know that can't go on for every.
Enter the loud alarms and lights. Panic has set in with the voice you have been listening to calmly. That's the moment you remember not all of them are herbivores and the cages that kept them away from you are broken. The boat picks up some speed and you start to have things spray you or come towards you. Again, nothing to panic about. This was the part of the ride I loved the most because of my friends reaction. From this point on if you have anyone with you who is not a dinosaur lover or who freaks out on rides you will be entertained twice as much!
Then the faithful moment of any ride where you climb. I like to think of it as a horror film where the family runs upstairs to get away…you know what happens next but you still aren't sure how you will react, and hope you are wrongThis is the part where I was starting to freak out a little. It's dark, you're inside, and the chaos is fantastic. When you reach the top you have TRex himself come for you just as the darkness opens up to light. At that moment this happens: You fall into a huge body of water and scream like your life depends on it! IT IS AMAZING! I am so glad I talked my friend into going.
Now, once we were getting off the boat I had an epiphany. When you decide to embark on this adventure, think about the temperature of the day. The hotter it is, the more fantastic the ride is going to be. It will be fun AND refreshing, or so I heard after we got off from the operator. The lack of any line at all should have been a clue for me and my friend that while we thought it was warm, it was actually not.
Doesn't Get Old
My family and I have some great memories of this ride- ever since the big finale plunge, which we had no idea was going to happen! The organic atmosphere- from the music and mist to plant life and props- creates a magical experience which immerses guests in the awe of the movies. A great journey with a surprise ending, not for those afraid of frights and prepare yourselves with a poncho if you're not up for getting wet!
I didn't really know what to expect when I got on this ride. We boarded our boat and took off for a pleasant trip down the river. We saw a few "friendly" dinos along the way. Got a little nervous as we approached the building. Inside was great with all the suspense building up and then we came face to face with T-Rex. Thought we were safe until the plunge. Great ending to a great ride. A must do!
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!!