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This Fan Favorite Attraction Has Officially Missed Its Re-Opening Date, All Because of Hurricane Ian

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Credit: Universal Studios Orlando

This fan-favorite attraction quickly became an instant classic when it debuted nearly 25 years ago, but Hurricane Ian has caused damage that has caused it to miss its re-opening date.

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Credit: Universal

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Universal Orlando Resort is home to two theme parks: Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Islands of Adventure.

Universal Islands of Adventure is home to eight different areas such as Seuss Landing (entirely themed after the works of Dr. Seuss), Skull Island: Reign of Kong, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, Jurassic Park, and more.

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Jurassic Park is home to two amazing thrill rides: Jurassic World VelociCoaster and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Although one is practically brand new and the other is decades old, they’ve both cemented their place as classic Universal attractions.

However, when Hurricane Ian rampaged through Central Florida last September, it ripped a massive hole in one of the Jurassic World River Adventure buildings. However, the dinosaur-filled attraction remained open to entertain Guests until early 2023, when it closed for scheduled refurbishment.

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At first, the thrill ride was meant to re-open on February 4, but when it missed the 4th, the date was pushed to February 12. Now, on February 14, the attraction is still closed for refurbishment.

Perhaps Hurricane Ian dealt more damage to the classic attraction than anyone realized! Or maybe the outdated animatronics are receiving some upgrades, which they desperately need. Whatever the case, it seems that Guests have evaded the T. Rex for now…

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Credit: Universal Orlando Resort

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Jurassic Park River Adventure is a dinosaur-filled thrill ride taking Guests on a tour through Isla Nublar’s Jurassic Park. But when something goes wrong on the tour, Guests are caught by a terrifying T. Rex and escape by careening down an 85-foot water descent.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.