Jurassic Park River Adventure in Islands of Adventure

 The Jurassic Park River Adventure sign and entrance.

The Jurassic Park River Adventure sign and entrance.

Ride Type

Water ride

Location

Jurassic Park River Adventure is in Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. You'll find it at the very heart of Jurassic Park. 

Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride Description

Jurassic Park River Adventure is a water ride based on the Jurassic Park movie. The attraction starts out as a serene river raft ride through 1.5 million gallons of water in lush, tropical forest. But things quickly take a turn, and the relaxing ride becomes a thrill ride.

The storyline is similar to that of the movie: you enter the gates of Jurassic Park and tour the area, marveling at plant-eating dinosaurs like Ultrasaurs and a Stegosaurus, but then…something goes horribly wrong. Your boat drifts into the restricted Raptor Containment Area. The power goes down, the raptors escape their fences, and the chaos begins!

Animatronics and sound effects make it clear that you are in danger. As you sail down the river, the foliage around you rustles, mist permeates the area, and you see two dinosaurs fighting over a bloody shirt.  

Your boat is sent to the Environmental Systems Building, where you ascend into raptor territory. You eventually come face to face with a T-Rex that looks like he is about to eat you. At the last second, you escape down a waterfall, dropping 85 feet at a 55 degree angle. 

 The Jurassic Park River Adventure riders fall from 85 feet into a pool of water at the bottom.

The Jurassic Park River Adventure riders fall from 85 feet into a pool of water at the bottom.

Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride History

Jurassic Park River Adventure debuted in Universal Studios Hollywood before coming to Orlando, Florida in 1999. Both rides were built in a similar fashion. 

Express Pass

An Express Pass can be used on Jurassic Park River Adventure and may come in very handy if you're visiting the park in the middle of a hot summer day.

Single Rider Line

Jurassic Park River Adventure does not have a single rider line.

Child Swap

You can use the child swap feature on the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride if you are with children that do not want to experience this attraction.

Height Restrictions

The minimum height requirement for Jurassic Park River Adventure is 42 inches. Guests who are between 42 and 48 inches will not be able to ride without a supervising companion. 

Accessibility

Closed captioning and assistive listening is available on Jurassic Park River Adventure. All guests in wheelchairs and electric conveyance vehicles (EVCs) must transfer to ride seating to experience the attraction.

 Outdoor seating at Thunder Falls Terrace, a Jurassic Park restaurant, provides good views of riders on Jurassic Park River Adventure. 

Outdoor seating at Thunder Falls Terrace, a Jurassic Park restaurant, provides good views of riders on Jurassic Park River Adventure. 

UO Fan Guide Ride Tips

You (and your possessions) will probably get wet on this ride. The people in the front rows of each raft tend to get the wettest.

Free ride lockers are not available, but you can rent nearby lockers for short or long term periods. Rental prices start at $4.00 for 90 minutes; longer rental periods cost more money. Some people also choose to purchase a poncho or bring a poncho from home to cover themselves, their phone, and other accessories. 

If you plan on riding more than one water ride (Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls and Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges are located in the nearby Toon Lagoon), you may want to consider riding all of them back-to-back-to-back to save money on lockers and ponchos. If wait times are not long, it is definitely feasible to ride all three within a 90-minute period. 

UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Jurassic Park River Adventure

Jurassic Park River Adventure is a thrilling and immersive ride. The end plunge is much longer than the drops on similar water rides at other theme parks. The dinosaur animatronics are also well-done and create a unique backdrop. If you like water rides, this one is a must-do attraction. 

One note: Jurassic Park River Adventure does close occasionally for maintenance. The dinosaurs suffer in the Florida heat and need to be freshened on occasion so that they don't look scary (in a bad way). Maintenance is typically done in slower months (at the beginning of the year) when demand for water rides is at its lowest. 

Jurassic Park River Adventure Image Gallery

This image gallery features pictures of the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride in Islands of Adventure.


Jurassic Park River Adventure Video From Universal Orlando Resort

The official Universal Orlando Resort YouTube Channel video gives you a 360 degree view of the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride. Subscribe to the channel for more videos like this one. 

Video courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort.

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