Everything You Need to Know About the Most Highly Anticipated Ride in Orlando

We feel excited about new rides all the time with attractions like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuting in Disney World.


But “if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.” And you might want to BEWARE of the literal BEAST of a coaster heading to Universal Orlando this summer.

The hype has been pretty incomparable for the VelociCoaster as the newest ride in Universal’s Islands of Adventure paves the way for more Jurassic World experiences in the parks.

We’re breaking down everything we know about the VelociCoaster before it makes its grand debut in Universal Orlando!

The Actual Ride-Through

After lots of hints and teasing about the upcoming attraction, Universal made the huge reveal that the VelociCoaster would be making its debut in the Summer of 2021 (eeep!). The promo video released details about how the guests would basically “ride beside Velociraptors” as they shoot off on the track with twists, turns, and AWESOME views of the park.

VelociCoaster Construction

On top of releasing more concept art of the attraction, there has been a TON of progress near the ride as construction continues to move forward.


As the track continues to be put in place, we’ve been able to watch progress on the colossal coaster. The track weaves in and out of the park, even nearing spots like Hogsmeade during the ride-through. One of the pinnacles of the attraction, though, is the peak height that overlooks the Jurassic Park section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

VelociCoaster Construction

The ride vehicles themselves look super high tech, similar to Jurassic World’s operations, when Universal gave a closer sneak peek at them. And then we were able to see them in person for ourselves as the parks continued to use test runs with humans riding the attraction.

VelociCoaster Ride Vehicles

The track isn’t the only construction that we’ve seen so far, though! The entrance leading up to the VelociCoaster also had mini raptor statues installed, along with the massive rock formations and “raptor cages” that surround the area.

VelociCoaster Entrance

New signs around Universal’s Islands of Adventure have been added to the area leading up to the attraction. They feature the VelociCoaster logo, opening season, and an image with riders on the coaster and raptors running alongside them.


As the walls continue to come down ahead of the ride’s debut, we’ve even been able to see lights being tested at the official VelociCoaster entrance. And, yes, we can BARELY contain our excitement with the progress that’s been pushing forward!

Universal hasn’t revealed exact details about the VelociCoaster’s opening date, so we’ll have to be on the lookout for more news surrounding its opening. The progress on the attraction has us thinking that the grand opening could be just around the corner, hopefully! As we continue to head to the Universal Orlando, we’ll be sure to update you on all the VelociCoaster news you need to know!

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Will you be riding the VelociCoaster this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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