It’s been 25 years since Jurassic Park was released, and with the latest film—Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom—in theatres, we take a look at some dino-mite attractions.
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1. Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles
A velociraptor chase on the big screen is exciting, but Universal Studios Hollywood promises thrills of a different kind with its Jurassic Park-themed ride. The river raft adventure reveals dinosaurs in their jungle habitat, including the dreaded T-rex, before ending with an 84-foot plunge to safety. This ride will be at Universal Studios Hollywood until September 3, 2018, and a new Jurassic World ride will open in 2019.
2. Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii
If this private nature reserve 39 kilometres from Honolulu looks familiar, it’s because Jurassic Park scenes have been filmed here—actor Chris Pratt was spotted on set last summer making the latest movie. Take a site tour to see iconic sets like the Jurassic Park gate, the Indominus Rex pen and the fallen log from the Gallimimus scene.
3. Dinosaur Provincial Park, near Brooks, Alberta.
Put on your paleontologist hat and explore dinosaur history at a real-life Jurassic Park. Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains some of the most important fossils discovered from the Age of Dinosaurs. The park offers guided excavations so you can dig in and maybe even uncover fossils.
[This story appears in the July 2018 edition of WestJet Magazine.]