Universal Orlando appears to be making way for a new roller coaster in the “Jurassic Park” section of Islands of Adventure, according to documents reviewed by WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando. Nothing gets by our local TV guys!
Eagle eyed observers noticed carnival sideshows and vendor kiosks being removed, and tall construction walls going up around a portion of what was the old Triceratops Encounter area. (Who remembers Cera the dinosaur? Its been about 10 years since we encountered one of the best animatronic creations ever to grace an Orlando theme park!)
The activity seems to match the work described on an official demolition permit filed with the city of Orlando in May 2018 for Project 791 in that location. Contractor documents that were also available indicate the project includes construction of “a new attraction” and estimates that demolition and construction will take at least 18 months.
Another document reviewed by WFTV shows a roller coaster track layout for that area, which you can see above.
The document shows the queue starting on the southern edge of the waterfront by the Discovery Center.
Records indicate the Raptor Encounter attraction currently in that area will be relocated as part of the construction.
The demolition permit for the area is in the final stages of approval, according to the city website.
Permits to construct the actual coaster have not yet been filed, city records show.
Universal have apparently declined to comment on the Channel 9 story. However in a notable tweet last week, Universal said in response to a question about Jurassic Park “We’ve got some exciting plans and look forward to more exciting details to come!”
Are we excited or what!