Universal’s Islands of Adventure & VelociCoaster Update – Early November 2020

I just love how quickly the entire Jurassic World: VelociCoaster project is coming together! This week we’ve got another detailed picture report of the new-for-2021 massive roller coaster coming to Universal Orlando Resort!

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***Please note that this is a multi-page update, make sure to click on page 2 at the bottom of this page for aerial shots and more!

We’re finally getting to the time of year with comfortable temperatures and bluer skies, making it an absolute delight to be hopping around Universal’s Islands of Adventure. We’ll start with some news from around the park.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is currently receive some work at the entrance to the ride. It’s hard to know what this work entails but a good chunk of the entrance midway is closed off with construction walls.

After months of seemingly no changes to the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey slot-locker center, we are now finally seeing some serious progress. It looks like one side of the locker center will be Jurassic World themed, with the appropriate palm trees further obscuring the castle.

The side of the locker center facing the queue and entrance of the wizarding attraction is all rockwork, blending in with Hogwarts’ rock base. I will take it that the larger lockers for bags will remain to exist in its current spot, while fanny packs and smaller items will have to be stored in the new locker center:

Lately we’ve been making the realization that Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be home to the world’s strongest single-gate launch coaster lineup. It begs the question, will this stellar multi-looping launch coaster behind me really be the 3rd best launch coaster at this park? What a luxury to have this as our home park. – Now, let’s talk VelociCoaster!

Today we see the placement of additional emergency exit staircases and catwalks on the final brake run. Our apologies for the slightly blurry image:

We’re still not sure what exactly is happening on the opposite side of the bridge, but construction continues there too. I wouldn’t be surprised if this would be used as overflow queue or a viewing platform.

Landscaping continues all around the ride’s entrance plaza and mesmerizing black tracks.

At the far end of the walkable infrastructure seen below is some sort of pier that will either house a statue or will just be a viewing platform.

All around the entrance and exit of the ride we’re starting to see more vegetation. The ride continues to blend in with the naturalistic surroundings more and more!

Here’s a closer look at the new palm trees planted on the waterside:

I’m also enjoying finally having photographs of the project with blue skies.

In the near future the Jurassic Park Discovery Center will be back to its lush surroundings.

Let’s take a closer look at the entrance of VelociCoaster:

The entrance and exit are rapidly shaping up. In the next page of the update we’ll have a better aerial look at that.

Overall, I’m very satisfied with how it looks so far!

I can’t wait to see the next set of trees moving in!

The view of the top hat from the entrance will be one of the best calculated ideas of this project.

Don’t miss the landscaping pictures and aerial shots of the project on PAGE 2!

2 Replies to “Universal’s Islands of Adventure & VelociCoaster Update – Early November 2020”

  1. Since they’re using trees to divide the two areas, I wonder if you’ll only be able to see palm trees from the Jurassic side, and only other tree types from the Hogsmeade side?

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