Jurassic Park: The Ride has been a centerpiece of Universal Studios Hollywood since its opening more than two decades ago. Its showstopping mechanical dinosaurs, along with the majestic 30-foot King Kong that burned in the 2008 fire at the studios, helped make this relatively compact theme park feel epic.It was also a theme park ride that possessed a story worthy of a film, one that included a clever and slightly meta understanding of theme parks.The park-within-the-park early in its aquatic narrative featured an awe-inspiring scene of an ultrasaurus munching on grass. We knew there would soon be havoc — the 84-foot boat drop was visible from outside the ride, after all — but the surprises came when we veered off course to drift into Jurassic Park’s mock maintenance bays.Consider it a peek, so to speak, behind a theme park curtain. Things became more humorously sinister when we spied a tiny dilophosaurus in a ride vehicle just like ours, the animal apparently finishing a hearty meal of vacationers. Advertisement That ride, however, has been revamped with newer, bigger effects and is now known as Jurassic World: The Ride. It starts not with the former’s calming, mesmerizing scene in which the elongated… Read full this story
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