New Raptor Encounter Opens at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

New Raptor Encounter Opens at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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I’ve always dreamed of getting up close and personal with a dinosaur. Now my dream has finally come true!

Velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure! That’s right—starting this weekend, you’ll get the chance to see these magnificent creatures face to face in an all-new experience: Raptor Encounter.

Raptor Encounter at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Raptor Encounter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The encounter is located between Camp Jurassic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.

Your experience begins when you approach a paddock where the raptor will be contained. You’ll learn some cool facts about the dino that you may not have known—like that an adult Velociraptor can reach upwards of 96 kilometers per hour in the open!

Raptor Encounter at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Raptor Encounter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Then, if you’re brave enough, you can approach the nearly 9- foot- tall wild raptor for a photo.  But be sure to keep your hands and feet away… you wouldn’t want to end up being its dinner!

Are you daring enough to meet this giant, prehistoric reptile? 

Check out this video for a sneak peak of what you can expect.

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  1. Ryan


    Can’t wait, totally checking this out next week!!

    But people…those aren’t Velociraptors. I mean Universal is still mislabeling them?
    I get the name is cooler, but I hope they at least mention the incorrect naming in the new movie.

    • Ryan

      Got some down votes, but hear me out.
      I think it would be cool if that mistake was actually pointed out, like Chris Pratt’s character actually mentions how the names are a mistake but the park goes with “Velociraptors” because it sounds “cooler” for park guests. That would be a clever way of putting that mistake to rest and explain it in a canonically way.

      By the way, Pluto will never be a planet. SCIENCE OUT!

    • Rob

      Well i believe the reason for them being called velociraptors for the film (instead of Deinonychus) is because Greg Paul, the dino specialist Spielberg used for the film, had recently re-taxonomized them as a type of velociraptor in the late 80’s, so i guess it just sort of stuck.

  2. Joshua

    So excited about this, especially since I’ve booked my trip in September already. So happy that the JP area is getting some love with the new film coming out. Seems as though this is a hit. Hopefully some more new things like this will grace the JP section of IOA if the new film does well. Way to go Universal Orlando team! Another knockout job!

  3. Doc

    COOL! But they’re not Reptiles….

  4. LIz

    We loved seeing the Raptor. It was waaay cool!!!

    • Liz, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the raptor! I agree, it was very cool to see one in person!

  5. Kayleigh

    How long are they going to be out for. Talking about weeks or months Because I’d love to take my kids to see them.

    • Kayleigh,

      The raptors have found their new home there! I think your kids would love them!

    • Mick

      They should be permanent. This ride has been upgraded since we last took it. Enjoy each moment. Universal has upped their quality to the top of the game for us.

  6. Maria

    Bringing the beach to Universal – now Florida just got PERFECT!

  7. Tim

    The velociraptors in Jurassic park are more likely to be achillobator a larger member of the raptor family, as velociraptor and deinonychus would also still be to small, and utheraptor to big. The achillobator was also discovered in Mongolia.
    Though many sources online are saying no the new Jurassic world raptors have had other DNA spliced like black throat monitor lizard, green iguana and bird this would also be a good way to explain the size and colour variations.
    This encounter looks awesome though.

  8. Otto

    They are so not fluffy!

    I love these small addisions, they make the park so alive and, dare I say it, magical.

  9. Rob

    When is this attraction on till or is it staying for good coming in September hope it’s still around

  10. Cynthia Puotinen

    When will the “skull Island/King Kong ” open up this summer? I will be coming this June 6,2016. Will it be open by then?

    • raptor trainer

      yes so be careful, it has been trained.

      But with any animal or creature they can get temperamental. if you don’t try to say you “know it all” like some in these relies, It will know you ok and let you if your lucky pet it!!

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