Universal Studios Hollywood retiring Jurassic Park ride for Jurassic World ride

Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 8:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

"Jurassic Park - The Ride" at Universal Studios Hollywood is closing after 22 years, on September 3, and will be replaced by a Jurassic World ride.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:05 PM

I keep seeing a bunch of Passholders posting in Facebook That they do not want this in Orlando .I think it is a no brainer that it will happen . Area's or rides themed to movies have to upgrade or people will have never seen the movies they are based on

Took my 11 year old granddaughter to Universal last weekend 5 or 6 of the rides she has never seen the movies for .

Do I want Revenge of Mummy upgraded to Tom Cruise version ? No but it may happen .

Anyone less than 40 probably has never seen Dudley Do Wright (P.S. Big hole in wall of ride like someone put fist thru)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:41 PM

Why is it that when an IP is older we complain that no one knows it or isn't familiar with it anymore (your examples, Twilight Zone, etc), but when the IP is more current (Star Wars, Potter, etc) we always say, "You don't have to be familiar with the source material to enjoy the attraction(s)"?

Just a general observation and not directed at your post, it's just where I had the thought...and we all tend to be guilty as a broad generalization of our industry discussions. But it's an interesting observation, I think.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:44 PM

Maybe because new IP based rides have newer ride technology which is an attraction in and of itself?

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:15 PM

I remember practically nothing about Dudley Do Right, and the ride itself is almost 20 years old, but it's still the best flume I've ridden.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:15 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Why is it that when an IP is older we complain that no one knows it or isn't familiar with it anymore (your examples, Twilight Zone, etc), but when the IP is more current (Star Wars, Potter, etc) we always say, "You don't have to be familiar with the source material to enjoy the attraction(s)"?

Just a general observation and not directed at your post, it's just where I had the thought...and we all tend to be guilty as a broad generalization of our industry discussions. But it's an interesting observation, I think.

Several questions in play here, I think.

A lot of kids these days have no idea what the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is based on; but it tells its story so effectively, knowledge of the source material is unnecessary.

Star Wars came out in the late 70s, I'm not sure its a 'more current' IP. Fast and Furious would be a more current IP. I've never seen the movies and have no interest in doing so, but as long as the attraction a cohesive, self-involved story, I'll ride it.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:08 AM

kevin38 said:

I keep seeing a bunch of Passholders posting in Facebook That they do not want this in Orlando.

Nostalgia is weird. People still want to bring back Back to the Future, Jaws, etc. It was time for those rides to go and it's time for an update to Jurassic Park.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:24 AM

I'm all for an update, but please... let's have real dinosaurs. The last thing we need is another ride full of video screens.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:42 AM

It's supposed to reopen in 2019 so I don't see a huge redesign here. I hope they are just updating everything so a) the dinosaurs actually work b) you can hear the narration and c) it matches the Jurassic World aesthetic. I rode both the Orlando and Hollywood versions last year and everything leading up to the lift is in pathetic shape.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:49 AM

Agreed, I did the Orlando park just before Irma last year and it was a shadow of what it used to be.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:48 PM

On the topic of rides based on outdated ip: Disney opened a ride based an a 1946 movie, that no one could see due to the movie being banned several years earlier. Having seen the movie isn’t always important.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:34 PM

Jeff said:

I'm all for an update, but please... let's have real dinosaurs.

Exactly! John Hammond showed us how to 25 years ago!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:09 PM

Would the Universal purists find an animatronic Chris Pratt as objectionable as Disney purists find robot Johnny Depp?

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:40 PM

People don't like RoboJack? I thought that was the coolest animatronic guy since Mr. Potato Head! Disney purists are idiots.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:08 PM

I’m not a Disney purist, but I did have one small objection. The scenes were cool, but they seemed a little too fresh or something. Obviously new. Clean.
Which is especially odd because no one considers Jack Sparrow or Johnny Depp for that matter, to be two of the freshest men on earth.

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