I’m not in the Orlando area this week, but I have tips for those of you traveling to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Can’t make it? No worries. I have ways to celebrate the dinos at home.
Celebrating Jurassic World at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Universal’s Islands of Adventures houses Jurassic Park, an entire area themed after the JP series. The Jurassic Park music plays on a loop. It’s foggy, green, and otherworldly. And, of course, these iconic gates greet you:
1. Ride Jurassic Park River Adventure
Jurassic Park River Adventure is one of the best-themed rides I’ve ridden, and it’s an Islands of Adventure original. A boat ride with one, plummeting hill, it gives the right amount of thrill for a variety of guests. You WILL get wet, no matter where you sit.
2. **NEW** Experience the Raptor Encounter
The Raptor Encounter opened at Island’s of Adventure May 22, and it has taken the park by storm. Universal Orlando’s Guest Relations recommends arriving around 10:30 a.m. to experience the Raptor Encounter (it opens at 11 a.m.). The Raptor Encounter is located between Camp Jurasic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.
3. Discover the Jurassic Park Discovery Center
The Jurassic Park Discovery Center allows guests to experience a hands-on lesson on dinos, with quizzes, dino eggs, lessons in dino DNA, and more. Be sure to grab a bite at Burger Digs upstairs. As someone who doesn’t eat beef, I recommend the veggie burger or grilled chicken sandwich.
4. Make the most of photo ops
5. Traveling with kids? Go to Camp Jurassic.
The Camp Jurassic play area is a great place for kids to exert some energy. It’s also home to the fun Pteranodon Flyers ride. Adults cannot ride this ride without a child that is 36″ to 56″ tall for safety reasons, making this a great excuse to bring younger cousins or siblings along to the park (because this ride is really fun. Seriously).
Celebrating Jurassic World at Home
1. Marathon the Jurassic Park series If you don’t own the JP series, you should. No worries if you don’t, as you can catch Jurassic Park on many channels this week. If you have Comcast/Xfinity OnDemand, be sure to check the Jurassic Park movies and extras on the homepage of OnDemand
2. Make your office a more adventurous place with theme music
I love listening to soundtrack music at work, and Jurassic Park is one of them. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
3. Look for local events in your area
The science center where I live is hosting a Jurassic Week with fossils, dissections and more. Look around your area; you may be surprised.
4. Get inspired with some source material
Jurassic Park is based on the novel by the same name by Michael Crichton, so why not read up on what inspired the classic film? I purchased the Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition of Jurassic Park/The Lost World for my husband, and he loves it. Want some more JP merch? Target has plenty, including copies of the movies, books, toys, and this timeless tee.
5. Go see the Jurassic World! (Obviously)
Jurassic World officially opens June 12, but check Fandango to see if your local theatre is participating in a Thursday showing.