Quite a few years back in 2008 I visited the Universal Studios park in Hollywood. I had been to the Orlando resort before and quite a few times after (last time was last year).
But there’s something special about the Hollywood park: first it’s an actual movie studio with a great tram tour riding past props and actual movie sets and second it features the first ever Jurassic Park attraction.
Like most themed areas in the park, the Jurassic Park area is quite small (especially compared to Orlando) and features just the attraction and a few themed shops and restaurant.
The Jurassic Park gate stands at the entrance of the attraction along with a prop Velociraptor from the first movie (or so they say…)
In the attraction you’re supposed to take a scenic ride on Jurassic Park’s river adventure.
There are plenty of dinosaur animatronics throughout the ride.
But then something goes terribly wrong as your boat gets bumped into a Raptor infested section of the ride.
A familiar scene happens right before your eyes.
Compy’s are fighting over a bucket of popcorn.
And when you enter the water treatment plant (no pictures from inside), your boat goes up a lift hill while being followed by Velociraptors and spit at by Dilophosaurus.
The big ending features your tour boat sliding under a roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex out of the building.
Exit through the gift shop… Back in 2008 Universal was selling these Hasbro repaints.
Bonus: here are some familiar movie props that can be seen while riding the Tram Tour.
Here are some more photos from the rest of the park: