Jurassic Park River Adventure – Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

The Jurassic Park River Adventure ride in Univ...

The Jurassic Park River Adventure ride in Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Name of attraction:

Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

Opening date:



Jurassic Park River Adventure is a water ride based on the hit film and a duplicate of the original based at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Riders board their boat and head off on a tour of the river. After being knocked off course, the boat ends up where the dangerous dinosaurs are contained.  The ride includes narration, animatronics, and several drops, including an 85 foot final plunge.  Riders are warned that they will get soaked, and the ride does not disappoint!

Length of attraction:

5 1/2 mins

Opinion or personal story about the attraction:

I first rode this back in 2001 and have re-visited it several times on each subsequent holiday. I love all of Islands of Adventures and this is my second favourite ride. I think the theming of this land is fantastic and I love the music. For me, this is the land in the whole of Islands of Adventures where I actually feel as if I am really in the film, and the music plays a big part in that.

I do compare this to Dinosaur over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it’s hard to choose between the two. I find both quite scary, even though I know what’s going to happen.   Be warned though – on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, you do get wet!  If you saw someone in July 2008 closely resembling Alice Cooper, that was me … My water-proof mascara? Not so water-proof.  Luckily there is no photographic evidence left to show you :-)

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