First Look at The Making of Jurassic World VelociCoaster

Thursday, December 2, 2021 3:30 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Apparently, this is now streaming on Peacock. Looks like a bit of a throwback to some of the old Travel Channel or Discovery Channel coaster shows.

"The special provides viewers with an intriguing glimpse into the three-year development of the apex predator of roller coasters -- highlighting everything from its bold vision and immersive theming to the intense coaster maneuvers that continue to captivate riders. They'll also gain insight into what it took to create the ultimate thrill ride from Universal Creative's award-winning visionary team...


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 3:35 PM

I don't do top ten lists of coasters any more.

It doesn't really make sense to compare things like Eagle Fortress, F.L.Y., and VelociCoaster – it's not so much apples vs oranges as apples vs pizza vs sushi.

That said – I genuinely can't think of a sit-down coaster that's better than VelociCoaster.

It's that good.


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:02 PM
Jeff's avatar

I still haven't been back since it opened. Hoping to get a friend comp after the holidays and give it a go.

The doc is 21 minutes and it's on the free tier of Peacock. I'll watch tonight.


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:27 PM
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I’ve heard a lot of people say Universal knocked it clear out of the park on this one. With all the madness going on at Disney it may be time for an “everything but Disney” trip to central FL. The biggest downside is that I’m sitting on $5k of Disney goft cards.


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:36 PM
Jeff's avatar

It's a solid little doc, without blatantly being Comcastic "corporate synergy" across their platforms. Some cool drone shots too. Oh, and see if you can pick out Badnitrus in the show. 🙂


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:50 PM

It is possibly the best engineered coaster I have ever ridden. Fantastic ride!


To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 8:37 PM

It had been 5-7 years since a coaster completely blew away my expectations of it and made me feel like a young naive enthusiast (instead of an older jaded one) but Veliciocoaster did. The first half is like a better smoother version of Maverick with no OTSRs, after that second launch though this thing just is indescribable. The speed you get for the back half just completely disorients you, and that mosesaur roll is now probably my favorite inversion anywhere. It’s a must ride for any enthusiast, I didn’t know Intamin still had it in them, and not only that the ride is fairly reliable too!


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:49 PM
Jeff's avatar

The layout wasn't Intamin though, that started with Universal Creative.


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Friday, December 3, 2021 3:57 AM

It was still up to Daniel Schoppen (head of design and engineering at Intamin) and his team to interpret what the client wanted and translate that to an incredible coaster. Over at Vekoma, Benjamin Bloementhal (head of design) has his fingers all over Guardians at Epcot.


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Friday, December 3, 2021 5:51 AM

I was really impressed with the VelociCoaster. We only got one lap on our recent visit, but man what a ride. Intamin is really on top of their game. Have to check that out.

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Friday, December 3, 2021 7:26 AM

My daughter and I will finally get our chance Thursday…assuming it’s open. Given Maverick is one of our favorites..I’m guessing we’re in for a treat…

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Friday, December 3, 2021 10:37 AM

In no way is this a knock on Velocicoaster. It's absolutely the best coaster in the state without question, at least until Iron Gwazi opens. But.

Maverick > Velocicoaster.

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Friday, December 3, 2021 11:30 AM

Brett I have the opposite opinion but that’s ok, on a star system both coasters would earn 5 stars, they are both fantastic rides. But that second half (and the superior restraints/train) pushes VC above Maverick.


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Friday, December 3, 2021 11:36 AM

I thought Velocicoaster was incredible but I had to go back and watch some video to remind myself of the “immersive theming”. That was totally lost on me.

I will probably catch the documentary some time in the next week.


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Friday, December 3, 2021 3:14 PM

Touchdown said:

Brett I have the opposite opinion but that’s ok, on a star system both coasters would earn 5 stars, they are both fantastic rides. But that second half (and the superior restraints/train) pushes VC above Maverick.

It also could very well be memories from Maverick over the years that I just haven't had the time to experience yet on VC. I have been riding Maverick for 14 years now and it's a sentimental favorite. I truly believe that has a lot of power when it comes to our favorite rides.

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Friday, December 3, 2021 3:49 PM

I've also always counted myself a fan of Maverick and it's always been near the top of my favorite coasters. That said, I was at Universal this week and got my first rides on Velocicoaster. I admit I'm hard-pressed to think of another coaster that is "better" from a pure enjoyment perspective. It's like Maverick, but just bigger and with a better layout. It's relentless and has some fantastic air and floatiness in some unexpected places. In other places, it feels a bit more like it's just trying to toss you out of the train, like during the final barrel roll maneuver, which is really on the edge of uncomfortable for me physically and really makes me wonder how much worse Maverick's removed element must have been for it to have been cut. In the end, it remains tragically Intamin, though, in terms of reliability. It goes down...a lot, including most of the day on Wednesday.

One of the things that really stands out about the ride is how accessible viewing of it is. They did a fantastic job with the placement of the ride and the visuals available of it from so many different angles and vantages in the park. Placing the extended inverted section directly above the main walkway was pretty brilliant as the train is always full of screams there and just helps create a generally exciting atmosphere around that coaster that you don't get with most.

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Friday, December 3, 2021 4:02 PM

Funny. I wouldn't even compare the two. It's so different then Maverick... the trains VelociCoaster are vastly superior, and the negative g's are so much better engineered and implimented. Hardly in the same catagory.


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Friday, December 3, 2021 4:06 PM

Shame it wasn’t reliable for you, the week in Oct I was there, I only saw it down once. Did way better then Hagrids.


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Friday, December 3, 2021 5:33 PM
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The Coasterbuzz 100 #9 is hardly in the same category?

Sucks


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Friday, December 3, 2021 6:40 PM

Velocicoaster is top tier status, no question. Honestly, Maverick isn't anywhere close to as good (Sorry Brett...). You need to come back to CP here and refresh your memory. I think you'll quickly succumb to the truth :P

But I honestly don't think there is anything they could have done to improve Velocicoaster any. The theming, ride experience, trains, layout, etc... Its incredible.

I have also never in my life heard as many "best ride ever" type comments from my 15 rides or so I've gotten on it. Reminds me Millennium Force in 2000s in terms of feedback/excitement when it hits the break run. It's next level.

Last edited by SteveWoA, Friday, December 3, 2021 6:43 PM
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