Pteranodon Flyers in Jurassic Park in Islands of Adventure
Pteranodon Flyers is located in Jurassic Park in Islands of Adventure. You'll find the ride entrance within the Camp Jurassic play area.
Pteranodon Flyers Ride Description
The Pteranodon Flyers ride in Jurassic Park is an aerial coaster ride. When boarding this ride, you are seated in two-person ride vehicles. Each vessel is bird-shaped and has a 10-foot wingspan.
You sit in the ride vehicle as though it were a chair, with the wings above your head and your feet dangling. A lap bar and seatbelt hold you in place in the seat.
Pteranodon Flyers soar on a circular track over Camp Jurassic. The track is about 60 feet in the air, giving riders unparalleled views of the play area. The vehicles glide along the track at a snail's pace - the real thrill comes from being that high in the air above a visually interesting space.
Pteranodon Flyers Ride History
Pteranodon Flyers opened with the rest of Jurassic Park and Islands of Adventure in 1999. The bird-like vehicles used in Pteranodon Flyers are modeled after extinct creatures called pteranodons. Pteranodons are often associated with dinosaurs, but they are really pterosaurs, a type of flying reptile. They lived in Midwest North America (what is now Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, etc.) during the Cretaceous period, which followed the Jurassic period.
Virtual Line Pass
Pteranodon Flyers is notoriously slow loading. Only two riders are dispatched per vehicle, and only three vehicles are allowed on the track at any one time. However, you may be able to get a Virtual Line Pass for this ride, which means you'll be given a return time so that you don't have to wait in line. Ask a Camp Jurassic Attendant about the Virtual Line Pass; availability is limited.
Express Passes are not accepted for Pteranodon Flyers.
Single Rider Line
This ride does not have a single rider line.
As with other Islands of Adventure rides, there is a child swap option for guests who have children that cannot or do not want to ride Pteranodon Flyers.
The height restrictions for Pteranodon Flyers are confusing for many guests because they differ from basically every other ride in the park. Furthermore, they may vary depending on the day and time that you are visiting.
The posted sign indicates that guests who are 56 inches tall on up must ride with a child that is at least 36 inches tall but less than 56 inches tall. Guests who are between 36 inches and 48 inches tall must ride with a supervising companion.
In short, you usually need one adult and one child to experience this attraction. However, there have been (rare) reported instances in which a single adult has been allowed on Pteranodon Flyers late at night or during other periods when the lines are shorter than normal. Again, only one guest has been allowed on the two-person ride vehicle (the other seat was left empty). If you are a single adult who is interested in experiencing this ride alone, check with the Team Member at the entrance of the ride queue. He or she will be able to tell you if you will be allowed on the ride on the day and time that you are visiting.
Guests must transfer from electric conveyance vehicles (EVCs) or wheelchairs into standard ride seating to experience Pteranodon Flyers.
UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Pteranodon Flyers
Pteranodon Flyers is a cool ride. Its elevation and slow-moving nature make it a nice introduction to roller coasters for kids. But since the child sits in front of the ride (and not within easy comforting distance of an adult) it could be terrifying for children who are scared of heights and don't know it until they board the ride.
The accessibility of this ride to average park guests is disappointing. There are a lot of visitors that want to experience Pteranodon Flyers, but they can't because they aren't touring the park with a child. This restriction leaves a lot of park guests with nothing but wistful looks and a grounded view of the ride.
Pteranodon Flyers Image Gallery
See pictures of the Pteranodon Flyers ride track and vehicles in this image gallery.