Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
In the latest edition of Theme Park Bits, we take a look at the following:
- Universal Studios Japan announces new Jurassic Park ride
- Find out when Star Wars Season of the Force will take place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando
- See a preview of Pixar’s Good Dinosaur in Disneyland and Walt Disney World
- More information about the Frozen stage production coming to Disney California Adventure
- Get a first look at the Motiongate theme park coming to Dubai in 2016
- Universal Orlando follows Disney’s lead and raises Annual Pass and parking prices
- Comcast is buying 51% stake in Universal Studios Japan
All this and more, hit the jump to get started.
Universal Studios Japan has announced a new E-Ticket ride which will open next year for the park’s 15th anniversary. Touted as “the greatest dinosaur ride in the world,” the new ride called “The Flying Dinosaur” will be a “flying coaster” in the Jurassic Park land. Universal claims it will be the highest flying coaster in the world. Park guests will be suspended under a Pteranodon.
Since its opening in 2001, Jurassic Park has been popular to all guests around the world. Actually within the site, they avoided human management in the area where wild Pteranodon were living to keep it secret. Jurassic Park” development team, to make true the dream of an attraction where you’ll fly with them, have been through many years of research. Finally, they disciplined the wild Pteranodon and succeeded in having him fly in a stable state. However, it is said that even well-trained, they are wild dinosaur so during the flight, be careful because it is said that sometime you can suddenly lose control…
I think this is a huge missed opportunity as the ride isn’t really based off any of the events in any of the Jurassic Park movies. Jurassic World offered a bunch of opportunities for new theme park rides, the most exciting being the Gyrosphere. But it seems Universal believes park guests would rather have a thrill ride with a very tangible thematic connection. I hope this new ride isn’t imported to Orlando or Hollywood.
Over the weekend, Disney raised the prices on Disneyland and Walt Disney World annual pass prices, some as much as 35%. I commented in the article that Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm were now extremely affordable when compared to the prices at Disney. Well, Universal Orlando has now followed Disney’s lead and is also raising the prices of their annual passes and parking.
The Florida resident annual pass was $189, and is now $214.99, while a Preferred Annual Pass with no blackout dates will cost you $299.99, up from $259. Parking fees have also gone up from $17 to $20 per vehicle, matching Disney’s parking prices. No word on if Universal Hollywood will also follow, but one would expect that the annual pass prices for next year will be raised before The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens.
We told you that Disney’s new Star Wars-themed celebration called “Season of the Force” would begin on November 16th, 2015 in Disneyland with the launch of Star Wars Launch Bay, Hyperspace Mountain, and a Tomorrowland Theatre Star Wars presentation.
Well, we now know when Season of the Force will hit Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida: The event will take place from January 8th to March 20th, 2016, with Star Wars Launch Bay opening sometime earlier in December 2015.