VelociCoaster Marquee, Water Features and More! – Late January, 2021 Update

We’ve got a few exciting new things to share with you since our update last weekend! While we welcomed new raptors to the entrance plaza last week, we’ve now got a ride marquee (entrance/sign) as well as active water features. In this update we’ll also look at changes added to Wizarding World of Harry Potter to hide the new Jurassic World coaster.

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New Raptors and Long Exposure Shots – VelociCoaster Update

We’re very excited for this new VelociCoaster update as we saw Universal Orlando Resort lift into place several new raptors! We’ve got lots of changes to infrastructure as the ride rapidly gets prepared for an on-time opening. Also featured in this update are a collection of can’t-miss long exposure night time testing pictures!

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Jurassic World: VelociCoaster Update and Testing Footage – Early January, 2021

2021 has started and we’re excited for Universal Orlando Resort’s new Intamin coaster, the Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! Let’s take a look at the progress of the ride’s infrastructure, landscaping, entrance, etc. This update also includes more testing footage!

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Who You’ll Find on Yoshi’s Adventure at Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World is opening at Universal Studios Japan on February 4th! Several special guests have been allowed to enter into the new world this month for a spectacular preview of the Nintendo offerings. One of the two rides opening with the land is Yoshi’s Adventure, a gentle omnimover dark ride taking you through the Mushroom Kingdom. Let’s find out who we’ll meet on this adventure! Spoilers ahead!

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Central Florida Coaster Construction + Testing – Mid-December 2020

This will be a rather unusual report because we’re combining Iron Gwazi, TRON Lightcycle / Run and Jurassic World: VelociCoaster into one update! We visited the three parks/projects over the past three days and though we didn’t quite collect enough for three separate reports, we definitely have enough to share for an exciting Central Florida Coaster Construction report! Continue reading “Central Florida Coaster Construction + Testing – Mid-December 2020”

Coaster Kings’ Florida TOP 10 Coasters – 2020

It’s been two years since our last Florida Coasters Top 10 – needless to say a lot has happened in these two years. We planned on holding off on our next Florida Top 10 until Iron Gwazi and VelociCoaster had opened; with the way 2020 unfolded, we ultimately decided to sound off on the region’s current collection of coasters without them. The next two years promise a dramatic shuffle in Central Florida coaster hierarchy, so let’s consider this 2020 countdown the foundation upon which we’ll judge the region’s variety of new coasters.

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VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – October 26, 2020

Another week, another exciting update on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in the summer of 2021! While projects at Walt Disney World down the street seem to be delayed or pushed back. Universal’s coaster is looking more ready by the day! Join us for this new construction update! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – October 26, 2020”

California Theme Parks – Where Do We Go From Here?

After months on top of months of waiting, California theme parks finally received reopening guidelines yesterday during the state’s weekly COVID-19 briefing. Governor Gavin Newsom along with other high-level representatives from the Golden State have decided to split up theme parks into “larger theme parks” and “smaller theme parks”. The placement of a theme park is based on its capacity. The state says it will allow smaller theme parks to reopen at 25% capacity (or 500 people, whichever is fewer) once the county the park resides in is placed into the orange tier. Reservations will be required, all park guests must live in the same county the park is in, and only outdoor attractions will be allowed to operate. For larger theme parks, the restrictions are even more suffocating, with the guidelines stating that the county the park resides in must be in the yellow tier in order to reopen. Like the smaller parks, reservations will also be required and the park capacity will have to be 25%. Continue reading “California Theme Parks – Where Do We Go From Here?”

VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Late October 2020

Another week, another update! This time we’re getting to the exciting phase in which Universal Orlando Resort’s new launch coaster comes to life. In this update we’ve got landscaping, infrastructure, reveals, and much more! Enjoy this photo update of Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Late October 2020”

Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Jurassic World Coaster Update – Mid-September 2020

Another few days have passed since our previous update of the Jurassic World coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This week we’re seeing the track pull-through, development of queue infrastructure, touches of theming, and changes to the supports for potential netting being added. That and more in today’s update! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Jurassic World Coaster Update – Mid-September 2020”

Jurassic World Coaster Construction Update – Universal Orlando Resort – Early September 2020

Another few days have gone by and now we have more raptors around the ride, finished track work, and a new bridge connecting Jurassic Park with the Lost Continent. Today’s update highlights all that and we’ve got a ton of pictures for you. Continue reading “Jurassic World Coaster Construction Update – Universal Orlando Resort – Early September 2020”

Jurassic World Roller Coaster – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Photo Report Late August 2020

Another day, another major development with the Jurassic World roller coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Every website is busy attempting to catch the latest news and developments regarding the project, and thus we decided to not just try and bring breaking news, but also to offer a large selection of pictures of the new ride. Join us for tons of pictures, dinosaur statues, the last piece of track, and the ride’s trains: Continue reading “Jurassic World Roller Coaster – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Photo Report Late August 2020”