With the pandemic making us all weary (and wary to travel), we could use some good news right about now. To get people excited about returning to its Florida theme park resort, Universal Orlando went back in time – way back to the Jurassic era.
The park announced Monday that Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be coming to its Islands of Adventure in summer 2021.
The surprisingly potent attraction will forego a traditional coaster lift hill (no pokey click-clack-click), instead sending passengers tearing out of the station using a magnetic launch system. According to limited details shared by Universal, VelociCoaster will include two launches, one of which will hit 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. Yowsa.
It is likely that the second launch will catapult the trains up the ride’s 155-foot “top hat” tower (so called because with a very steep rise, a short crest at its apex, and an equally steep drop, it resembles the classic, formal hat) and then send them careening down the other side at a dicey 80-degree angle. (That’s 10 degrees shy of straight down for the geometry-challenged.)
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