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Jurrasic Park River Adventure
Website: Islands of Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Boat Ride
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.0128
TPC Overall Rank: #161 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 176
Last Review: 5/27/2013 8:05:00 AM
In User Top 10: 71 times.
User Tracker Count: 502 times.
 


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0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up dragoniablu on 5/27/2013 8:05:00 AM
Very nice final drop that I didn't actually see coming because I was loving the themeing WAY too much!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up nyeboy9 on 11/18/2011 1:29:00 AM
Very nice drop and of course dinosaurs, I mean who doesn't like dinosaurs or Jurassic Park? This ride still creeps me out in places with the animatronic dinosaurs, especially the raptor in the control room at the top of the lift. In all honesty, this ride would have a 5 if Universal would just give it some TLC. The dinosaurs need tune ups and some of the water effects at the finale work sporadically. This ride would be pretty impressive if everything were functional.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up xianghuagurlie on 6/18/2009 9:04:00 PM
Good ride. If you like dinosaurs--ride it! Most of the dinosaurs look real. The ride is smooth.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jesussaves on 6/18/2009 10:26:00 AM
Getting to go through the gates of Jurassic Park was a cool experience, and once inside those gates it keeps getting better. I really like dinosaurs so this ride really appeals to me. The first half of the ride is a relaxing ride with some realistic looking dinosaurs, (and a few not so realistic looking ones). Then for the second half the carnivores escape and it gets exciting. The raptors pop out at you while going up the lift hill and there is a close call with the T-rex before plunging down the splash hill. If you like dinosaurs, (and even if you don't) I recommend this ride. Overall rating 4.75

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DJ Mixer18 on 5/5/2009 9:23:00 AM
I like this ride beacuse is so fun and it like being in the moive jurassic park.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PennBJJ on 5/1/2009 12:29:00 PM
This is a very enjoyable ride. The final drop is a lot of fun and very steep, and also gets you pretty wet (not totally soaked, which is nice).

The only downside of the ride is that it feels very short, and the portion inside the building is only about 2 minutes before the big drop. Other than that, no complaints about this ride.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 9/4/2008 8:52:00 AM
I’m going to be honest; this was my most anticipated water ride of my entire Orlando trip. Not Splash Mountain or Ripsaw Falls, but instead this one. Well Jurassic Park certainly is certainly an excellent all-around ride experience; just the other two were slightly better rides. Anyway, the majority of Jurassic Park’s layout is very well concealed from view prior to riding, excluding the gigantic splashdown following its climatic drop. While at Islands of Adventure I got two rides on this prehistoric adventure and enjoyed every moment of both. Both times I ended up waiting about 20 minutes and I commend Universal on how rapidly they moved the line along. I was assigned the back row for both of my rides, which generally is my favorite row so I was absolutely stoked.

Upon boarding the ultra comfortable boats, the ride begin with a small climb followed by a long, tranquil narrated tour through a jungle filled with many gentle giants who interact with the boat. Some just moved flawlessly with motions that were incredibly lifelike, while others had better interactions such as splashing a few lucky riders in the boat (I was in the back so it unfortunately missed me). Also, addressing one complaint many have had regarding this attraction is not all of the effects properly working. Unfortunately one of the dinosaurs didn’t appear, contrary to the recording which stated it would be flying overhead, but other than that all of the dinosaurs appeared and were very well implemented.

But the second half absolutely trumps the relaxing first half. While the first half is very reminiscent of the Jungle Cruise, the best way to describe the second half is a shoot the chute on steroids. After accidentally straying into a raptor containment facility, the entire tone of the ride shifts from calm and tranquil to “life-threatening”. Honestly I find the raptor containment facility’s building to be an eyesore from the exterior, but the interior is very well executed. Inside are many loud scenes depicting the more carnivorous dinosaurs out their and their persistent escape attempts. At one point riders even come face to face with “acid-spraying” dinosaurs. They generally nailed every single rider with some deadly H2O. Eventually I came face to face with the very impressive T-rex animatronic looming overhead. With no other means of escape, the boat flies down a massive and steep 85ft drop in total darkness. I wasn’t expecting the drop to be nearly as excellent as it was, but it really blew me away with how swift it was and the fact that I lost my stomach on it. Following the drop is the splashdown. Honestly though, the ride looks far wetter than it actually is since I only came off pretty wet as opposed to the soaked I had anticipated from the ride.

Well the ride didn’t live up to my expectations prior to riding as the best water ride of the trip, but it certainly was an incredible experience combining a great thrill in that spectacular final plunge and very good theming. As stated in my review, I am a huge fan of all of the dinosaur effects Universal implemented on this attraction in both the river section and the containment facility. This is an attraction certainly not worth missing at Islands of Adventure under any condition since it’s just one of those rides that excels in pretty much any category.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 3/24/2008 8:37:00 PM
This was a great boat ride. The drop and raptor sequences were intense, while the beginning was beautiful and pleasant. great balance of thrills and theming.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hulkamania on 1/29/2008 7:01:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
This ride exceeded my expectations.
I used to be a little scared of certain rides at IOA (Hulk, Jurrasic Park, Dragons, Doom)and now I love everyone i was scared of. Not sure why I was to begin with. The first annual pass year I had when i was 11 or sos was pointless due to not riding these. But this time is gonna be a great year. Anyways, This is a good ride. if the part before the drop was longer it would deduct in points becuase before the drop it was too uneventful too slow. but its only 3 or 4 minutes or so, but when you get knocked off course is when its gets good. Two raptors fight over a shirt with the name Dan on it, the box looks to almost fall on you, somethings happening everywhere around you, the full body T-rex is great(on another Version its just the head), you could say the drop is unexpected but really isnt the t-rex gives that away and also the little hill just before it but the drop was awesome. Only discomfort on this ride is that all four times ive rode it (two trips so far) its been between 50 and 65 degrees so it will much more enjoyable the trips between late februrary and october although when its cold its almost a walk-on ride but you dont get as wet as you do on dudley do rights, soooo cold buy a poncho thing to keep you dry from one of the stores or dont ride but i rode any way because that too is a great ride. Although it was so cold, luckily dooms and hulk dried me off.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up roxy on 12/27/2007 2:06:00 PM
i really like this ride my only qualm is that 90% of the time there is something not working properly on it. but the rare time when everythings working its a 10.

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