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Jurassic Park: The Ride (1996 - present)
The Jurassic Park gates (April 2006)
The Jurassic Park gates (April 2006)
Summer Splashdown, 2001 (Photo by Scott Weller)
Summer Splashdown, 2001 (Photo by Scott Weller)
The ultimate chance to "Ride the Movies" - Jurassic Park: The Ride started out as a book by Michael Crichton. It became a movie, featuring a theme park called Jurassic Park. During the pre-production of the movie, work started on the most faithful translation of movie to theme park ride ever.

The Jurassic Park River Adventure (as it was originally known) first set sail Summer 1996 at a cost of $110 million. It remains the most expensive amusement ride of all time, and actually cost twice as much as Jurassic Park the movie.
Design and development work on the ride first began in November 1990 – six years before the ride was opened, and incredibly over three years before the movie Jurassic Park was released (1993). Landmark Entertainment started work on the project in early 1991. Although a River ride features in the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, it was cut from the film during production. By this point, the decision had been taken to use a water-based ride at Universal Studios, so it went ahead, and the River Adventure had to wait until the third movie in the series.

Length of ride: 5.5 minutes
Ride vehicles: Sixteen 25-passenger free-floating boats which are the largest amusement ride watercraft ever built.
Riders per hour: 3,000
Time interval between dispatches of each boat: 30 seconds (at peak capacity)
Volume of water making up the river: 1.4 million gallons
Number of ride “scenes”: 12
Minimum height to ride: 46 inches
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