Jurassic World Velocicoaster is Universal’s Islands Of Adventures’ newest roller coaster and is a perfect blend of thrills and sheer terror.
In a good way!
Universal Orlando’s tagline is that Velocicoaster is a “new species of roller coaster” which sums it up perfectly.
There is no roller coaster that’s quite like it.
Even though this Universal Orlando roller coaster ride goes upside-down, the seats come with a lap bar, not an overhead restraint like other roller coasters with inversions.
This means your body is free to fly around as it twists and turns through the track.
The Velocicaoster is intense, but that’s what makes it great!
It has two launch sections, a 155-foot tall tophat, unique inversions, and much more.
Where Is Velocicoaster Located?
In Universal’s Islands Of Adventure in the Jurassic Park area of the park.
The quickest way to get there is over the new bridge located in The Lost Continent, right passed the Mythos restaurant.
It sits neatly right in front of the Jurassic Park visitors center and some portions of the track cover the area where the Triceratops Encounter used to be located.
The Story Of Velocicoaster
Every good attraction has a back story, and Velocicaster is no exception.
Jurassic World created a new kind of roller coaster that takes you inside a raptor paddock.
You’ll get an up-close look at the velociraptors from the movies, Blue, Delta, Charlie, and Echo. While Clair Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), head of park operations, assures guests that the roller coaster is safe, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) warns visitors that they’ll be lucky to come back in one piece…
The Queue Of Velocicoaster
The entrance grabs your attention immediately, as you see the tophat tower over you.
You enter a paddock that has two velociraptor statues on top. Inside, there is a giant statue of velociraptors with the Velocicoaster weaving between them.
The paddock has TVs that introduce the Velocicoaster.
Next, you walk past windows that look out to the second launch.
There’s an effect where it looks like the raptors walk next to the windows, close to the guests.
You then walk through a small room where Dr. Henry Wu gives a presentation.
Next is the highlight of the attraction, where you see two life-like raptor animatronics that are muzzled. These things are incredibly realistic with extreme detail.
You then walk into the locker room, where you stow any loose articles.
You’ll walk through metal detectors, so make sure there is nothing in your pockets, otherwise, they’ll make you go put it in a locker.
Last, you approach the boarding station where a massive screen shows Owen Grady warning visitors that having a roller coaster go through a raptor paddock is a terrible idea.
How Big Is The Drop?
The highest drop is 140 ft. For comparison, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s highest drop is 167 ft.
So it’s not small… What makes it more thrilling (or more scary, depending on who you ask) is that it’s at an 80-degree angle.
This is also the most intense air-time moment on the roller coaster. You go absolutely flying!
Another great feature is that the track crosses over and under itself 40 times.
I’m not sure I have ever said this about a roller coaster before, but Velocicoaster is almost a thing of beauty. The design is so perfect and there are so many twists and turns, in what is a relatively small space.
It is incredible how the designers worked to create such an amazing attraction in a very specific location.
How Fast is Velocicoaster?
It is Florida’s fastest, tallest, and most intense launch coaster.
Riders are launched to a speed of 50 mph within 2 seconds right at the start of the ride. The Velocicoaster starts off fast and the thrills and intensity really don’t stop!
There is a second launch to 70 mph in 2.4 seconds.
So, yes, Velocicoaster is fast!
Does Velocicoaster Go Upside-Down?
Yes, it does.
There are a total of four inversions.
One of which hangs you upside-down over the pathway, which might seem very frightening since you only have a lap restraint.
However, this part only lasts a second and I honestly barely knew it was happening.
There is also a heartline roll over the Islands Of Adventure lagoon, which they name the “Mosasurus Roll.”
It happens right at the end and it is the icing on the cake.
Jurassic World Velocicoaster POV
If you really want to get a sense of just what the experience of riding Velocicoaster, this official Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure video is a must-see.
What Is The Height Requirement For Velocicoaster?
You have to be 51 inches tall to ride the Jurassic World Velocicoaster.
Is There Child Swap On The Velocicoaster?
Yes, there is. Child Swap is for parents with children who cannot or don’t want to ride the attraction.
You wait in most of the line with your child, then ask an attendant for the child swap family room.
One parent can stay in the room with the child while the other goes on the ride.
Then once they’re done with the ride, the other can go ride it and wait in a short line to get on.
That way, you don’t have one parent wait in an hour-long ride, only for the other to have to wait in the long line again.
How Intense Is Velocicoaster?
It’s very intense, but that’s what makes it fun.
There are many air-time moments where you get lifted off your seat, there are some inversions where it feels like you might fall out (but the restraint has got you), and there are lots of head-choppers where the scenery is close to the ride vehicle.
The tophat is also nearly 200 feet in the air, which might not be great for those who don’t like heights. Although, this part is over in less than five seconds.
Since there are no over-the-head restraints, you’re hands-free, and your body soars around in the seat. It’s intense, but at the same time, you feel like you’re flying!
It’s hard to say whether it’s more intense than some of the other roller coasters at Universal.
The Incredible Hulk and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit are intense in a different way. It’s up to personal preference.
I’d say though that while Velocicoaster is intense because it’s high, there are lots of air-time moments, and you fly around in your seat, The Incredible Hulk and Rip Ride Rockit are intense because they have extreme g-forces.
This is another, more in-depth video of Jurassic World Velocicoaster line and experience which is well worth spending some time watching if you want a detailed review of the ride.
What’s The Best Seat In Velocicoaster?
Either in the front or the back rows. Once you’re at the end of the line at the station, you can request to go in the front, although you’ll have to wait a little longer. However, I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait more than ten extra minutes.
Keep in mind, that sometimes they close the front row queue, so it’s not guaranteed you’ll get to experience it. They usually stop letting people in the queue when the park is about to close.
Personally, I prefer the back rows, because the g-forces and air-time moments are more intense.
How Fast Is Velocicoaster?
The top speed of Velocicoaster is 70 MPH. There are two catapult launches. The first accelerates you from 0-50 MPH in 2.0 seconds. The second launches you from 40 to 70 MPH in 2.4 seconds. This is one of the best parts of the ride, as it provides a real punch.
Are There Lockers On Velocicoaster?
Yes, there are some in the queue for the attraction. You must put any bags, sunglasses, phones, wallets, keys, etc in the locker. They are free and all you need to open one is scan your park ticket.
What’s clever is that the lockers have two doors – one on the queue side and one at the exit, so you can retrieve your items.
There are also large lockers available in the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center, although you do have to pay for those.
If you’re worried your bag won’t fit in the locker, there is a test locker located next to the test seat, to the right of the start of the queue.
When Is The Best Time To Ride Velocicoaster?
Velocicoaster is open for Early Park Entry and is the best time to ride the Velocicoaster.
Early Admission gives Universal Resort guests – and sometimes Annual Passholders – entry to Islands Of Adventure one hour before the park is open to the rest of the guests.
Throughout the day, you probably won’t see the wait time for Velocicoaster dip below 40 minutes, especially if you’re there in the Summer or on a weekend.
During Early Entry hours, I have seen it go down to 20 minutes many times.
Early Entry really is the best time to save time in the Velocicoaster line, as most people go to Hagrid’s at this point.
Also, if you ever get the chance, try and ride Velocicaster at night.
Even if the line is an hour long, it’s well worth the wait – the ride looks incredible with all the lighting effects.
Is There A Single Rider Line On Velocicoaster?
Yes, there is a single-rider line on Velocicoaster.
However, it’s not a great way to skip the line, as the wait can be even longer than the standby line. Plus, parties will be split, and it’s much more fun if you’re riding with your friends and family.
Is There An Express Pass Line On Velocicoaster?
Yes, there is! It can cut the wait by at least half.
Photos On Velocicoaster
The on-ride photo is taken a little bit after the first inversion. You can purchase it for digital download or printout at the ride exit.
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