Complete Guide to Jurassic Park Universal Orlando 2023

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Complete Guide to Jurassic Park Universal Orlando 2023

This article is your complete guide to Universal Studios Jurassic Park 2023. The Jurassic Park franchise has been making a massive imprint on our hearts since it was released in 1993, making dinosaur lovers out of most of us. With the brand new revitalization of the Jurassic Park franchise with the Jurassic World films, guests might be wondering if there is place they can see the action in person. That’s why we’re here to help you learn about the Jurassic Park themed land, which is a true dino-lover’s dream.

In fact it’s so popular one of the most common questions that we receive is, is Jurassic park Disney or Universal? And guests will be happy to know that the rights to the franchise chracters and the Jurassic Park rides are located in Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. In fact the Jurassic park rides at Universal tend to be some of the most popular, including the newest attraction the Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure. So if you’re ready to learn everything you need to know about the Jurassic Park rides at Universal read on!

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What is Universal Studios Jurassic Park 2023?

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Are you looking to buy Jurassic Park Orlando tickets, but aren’t quite sure what you’re getting into? Jurassic Park is one of the most popular introductions to our prehistoric pals, the dinosaurs, and has been growing even more in popularity since the creation of Jurassic World. There are 7 movies and a number of books that inspired the Universal Jurassic Park themes, all of which surround the original iconic storyline directed by Steven Spielberg. The original film takes guests to the brand-new wildlife park filled with our extinct dinosaur friends that were created with DNA technology. That fictional wildlife park was located off of the Pacific Coast on the island of Isla Nublar, and was named Jurassic Park by its creator, John Hammond. We now can visit a real-life, version based off of the books and films at the Jurassic Park in Islands of Adventure in Florida. This version is completely safe and filled with life-like animatronic dinosaurs and rides that have very well-tested safety features unlike the films.

Is Jurassic Park Disney?

As discussed above Jurassic Park is a Universal theme park experience. In fact guests can enjoy Jurassic park themed rides at both Universal Studios Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Which Theme Park is Jurassic Park in?

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So, where is Jurassic Park?  The main Jurassic World theme park land we are talking about is located within Universal Orlando Resort, at the Islands of Adventure park. The Jurassic Park Islands of Adventure land is full of immersive experiences, blood-pumping attractions, dining options and so much more! In total there are three Jurassic park themed rides located in Universal Islands of Adventure and one main theme park attraction located in Universal Studios Hollywood. Both Jurassic park themed lands are also home to the very popular Raptor encounter with Blue which is a Universal character meet and greet

You can find Jurassic Park themed lands or attractions in:

  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Universal Studios Hollywood

What park is Jurassic World in?

Jurassic World is slightly different than Jurassic Park, where they are from the same franchise, just different fictional parks the movies are made after. There are Jurassic World attractions in Universal Studios Hollywood with Jurassic World – The Ride and VelociCoaster in Universal Orlando Resort. While there isn’t a full Universal Jurassic World land, both attractions are heavily themed after the new films and worth a ride if you’re a fan of the newer movies.

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What are the Jurassic Park Rides in Universal 2023?

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Now we can get into the real action and talk about another one of the most popular questions we receive which is, how many Jurassic Park rides are at Universal Orlando? And Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando currently has three major attractions including the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Pteranodon Flyers as well as Camp Jurassic. It’s also important to note that the Jurassic World VelociCoaster and the Park River Adventure can have some of the longest wait times in Islands of Adventure so it is always important to have a park plan going into your day!

List of Jurassic Park attractions 2023:

  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Camp Jurassic

VelociCoaster

The VelociCoaster is Universal Orlando’s newest addition and is one of the most thrilling rides in all of Orlando. The VelociCoaster is inspired from the Jurassic World films, with Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as your guides through your tour into the velociraptor enclosure. This Jurassic Park ride at Islands of Adventure is all an adrenaline lover needs with two high speed launches, barrel rolls, 155 feet top hat drop and Velociraptors looking to make you their lunch. This new Jurassic Park ride is offered during Early Park Admission too, which is great seeing as that it is one of the most popular rides in all of Universal Orlando Resort.

Jurassic Park River Adventure

The Jurassic Park River Adventure gives us all the nostalgic feels, as you board a bright yellow river raft to give you a tour of the dinosaurs up close. Of course, you can expect a Jurassic Park boat ride to have some dangerous mishaps along the way when you’re within an arms distance of prehistoric creatures. It’s important to note that this is also considered to be one of the Universal Orlando water rides located in the main two theme parks.

Pteranodon Flyers

This Universal Studios Jurassic Park ride is more for the kiddos, so if you’re traveling with little ones, make sure to check it out. Pteranodon Flyers is a slow and gentle swing ride suspended in the air while flying beneath the 10 foot wings of a Pteranodon. Just note that this attraction is only for kids, and adults can only ride if they have riders with them between 36 and 56 inches. You can get amazing view of the Islands of Adventure lagoon while aboard your dino. so if you can, we definitely recommend giving it a shot.

Camp Jurassic

While Camp Jurassic isn’t technically a Universal Jurassic Park Ride, it is still an attraction that we highly recommend. If you’re looking to cool down or let the kids run off some energy, Camp Jurassic is a giant playground with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. This Jurassic Park ride in Orlando has rope bridges, hidden pathways, lost caves, water cannons and more! Just know the area is BIG, so keep an eye on little ones!

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Where to Eat at Jurassic Park in Universal Studios 2023

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You wont get hungry when visiting Jurassic Park in Universal Studios, since there are bites and sips for carnivores and herbivores alike. In total, there are 4 quick-service restaurants you can choose to purchase food from, all of which offer a variety of menu items for all kinds of guests. Whether you’re looking for an large indoor area to cool down, or a quick place to grab a refreshing drink, Universal Studios Jurassic Park land has plenty of options.

Jurassic Park Orlando Florida Restaurants 2023:

  • The Watering Hole – Grab a snack, frozen cocktail, wine, beer or more at this small outdoor jungle hut.
  • Thunder Falls Terrace – Huge quick service dining spot located by Jurassic Park River Adventure that serves rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, rice bowls, smoked turkey legs and more!
  • Pizza Predatoria – Find Italian favorites at this quick service location with pizzas, salads, breadsticks and more!
  • The Burger Digs – Large dinosaur themed quick service restaurant that serves specialty burgers and salads.

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Merchandise at Universal Studios Jurassic Park

A trip to Jurassic Park in Florida would not be complete without bringing home a souvenir or two to remember all of the wild times! And you can only imagine with not only Jurassic Park, but also Jurassic World at Universal Studios Orlando what kind of merchandise you’ll find. There are three shops currently in Jurassic Park at Universal Studios spread out throughout the land.

What shops are in Jurassic Park at Universal Studios?

  • Dinostore
  • Jurassic Outfitters

 Dinostore

The Dinostore is located near VelociCoaster in the Universal Studios Jurassic Park land, and one of the main shops in the area. Here, you will find Jurassic Park and Jurassic World Universal Studios Orlando merchandise that comes in clothing, toys, educational entertainment, or even fossils!

Jurassic Outfitters

Jurassic Outfitters is going to be our main hub for all things Jurassic Park, Jurassic World and even VelociCoaster themed. This stand alone store in Universal Studios Jurassic Park land is filled from top to bottom with merchandise. You can find things like toys, mugs, clothing, toys, games, hats, keychains and anything else you can think of that can be themed.

Other Universal Orland Jurassic Park merchandise

If you accidentally forget to stop by one of these shops, you can also grab Jurassic Park merchandise in the Islands of Adventure Trading Company located at the front of the park. You can also find Jurassic Park merchandise in the Universal Tribute Store and the Universal store in CityWalk.

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Tips and Tricks for Visiting Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando 2023

Okay, so now you have your Jurassic Park theme park tickets and you’re ready to experience the ultimate hunt at Universal. Luckily, we surviv-, been many times and have the best tips and tricks on how to have the best day when visiting the Jurassic World park in Universal.

Top tips and tricks for Universal Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park:

  • Use Early Park Admission
  • Use Single Rider
  • You can dry off if you need to!
  • Make sure to say hi to a real velociraptor
  • Don’t skip the Jurassic Park Discovery Center

Use Early Park Admission

This is probably our most important tip for visiting the Jurassic Park land in Universal is to use Early Park Admission. Since Jurassic World VelociCoaster is so popular, guests can be waiting upwards of 60 minutes to take a ride. Since it it not offered on the Universal Express Pass, we highly recommend using Early Park Admission to ride VelociCoaster before park open. There are only a few attractions offered during this time, and Jurassic World VelociCoaster is one of them!

Use Single Rider

If you don’t like getting up in the morning or can’t get Early Park Admission, your second way to cut down the wait time is to do Single Rider for VelociCoaster. This could potentially get you on the Jurassic World attraction much faster than regular stand-by. Just note, Single Rider does not guarantee a shorter wait and you could potentially be waiting longer than stand-by if it isn’t too busy.

Dry off if you need to

You can get pretty wet when riding on the Jurassic Park River Adventure attraction, and we know it can be a miserable day if you’re stuck in wet clothes all day. Around Jurassic Outfitters, you will find drying stations where you can purchase a session to stand in one of the giant dryers and air yourself out.

Raptor Encounter

The Raptor Encounter is one of the most immersive experiences guests can get when visiting the Jurassic World Universal Orlando section of the park. Those wanting to can meet Blue the Velociraptor, in a very life-like interaction at this character meet and greet.

Jurassic Park Discovery Center

As the true centerpiece of everything in the Universal Studios Jurassic Park area, The Discovery Center is a must-do attraction. This is the exact replica from the iconic Jurassic Park film filled with dinosaur skeletons, models and even hatching raptor eggs.

Is there a real dinosaur at Universal Studios?

So, while the character meet and greet with Blue the Velociraptor is VERY life like, and even pretty scary for little ones … she is not real. We truly wish there was a way that we could meet a real-life dinosaur while inside of Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, we will have to settle with the dinos inside of the attractions and the very immersive meet and greets Universal comes up with.

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Universal Studios Jurassic Park 2023 FAQ

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Q: Is there a Jurassic World theme park?

A: Unfortunately, there is not a stand alone Jurassic World theme park. There are Jurassic World attractions within Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood, but there isn’t a designated Jurassic World land yet!

Q: What park is Jurassic World in Orlando?

A: The Jurassic World VelociCoaster is located within Universal Orland Resort at the Islands of Adventure park in Orlando. That is the only Jurassic World attraction within Orlando.

Q: What theme park has Jurassic Park?

A: Universal Orlando Resort is the theme park within the United States that has a Jurassic Park land. Universal Studios Hollywood does have the Jurassic World ride in it, which is relatively new.

Q: Which Universal Studios has a Jurassic Park?

A: The park in Universal Orlando Resort theme park that has Jurassic Park is Islands of Adventure park.

Q: Is Jurassic Park Disney or Universal?

A: Universal owns the rights to Jurassic Park, so you will not see any Jurassic Park Disney merchandise, rides or theming within the parks or stores.

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