Jurassic World VelociCoaster Opening Announced

It’s official: On Thursday, June 10, thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to soar 155 feet in the air and catapult up to 70 mph alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack as the Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster – opens at Universals Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort.

This all-new species of roller coaster was conceived and designed by the award-winning Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment – bringing to life a new “Jurassic World” story that combines the epic thrills and popular characters from the blockbuster film franchise with jaw-dropping roller coaster maneuvers. The original cast from the movies – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong – reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu in the thrilling new attraction, which sends guests on an extreme adventure through the raptor paddock and beyond with the films’ Velociraptor pack: Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo.

VelociCoaster will transport guests into a dynamic environment inspired by the “Jurassic World” films, surrounded by intricately detailed rock work and lush landscaping, conveniently located near the elevated watch tower used to keep an eye on the dinosaurs. Once inside, guests are greeted by Dr. Wu as they learn about the cutting-edge new coaster, which Jurassic World is touting as its newest “carnivore expansion.” Along the way, they’ll hear the screams of fellow riders as they rapidly roar by with Blue, Delta, Charlie and Echo right on their heels – and even come face-to-face with a few hungry Velociraptors who are anxiously awaiting being released from their stables. As the adrenaline builds and guests approach the load platform, they will hear a few reassuring words from Claire Dearing – and one final warning from Owen Grady.

Then, the ultimate high-speed chase begins.

After boarding revolutionary ride vehicles that have been specially designed to intensify the thrills, guests take off on an epic coaster experience that sends them through the raptor paddock, into the air, just inches above water, and more. They’ll encounter a series of intense maneuvers along the coaster’s 4,700 feet of track, including near-misses, a barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon, high-speed launches – the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds – and the signature “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80-degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet.

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The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival Overview

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EPCOT will full bloom as the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival fills the park with farm-fresh flavors from around the world from March 3rd until July 5th!

This annual celebration will be slightly different, but beautiful flowers, topiaries with character, fan-favorite entertainment, and family fun can be found around every corner.

Topiary Magic

Throughout the park, guests will be able to find topiaries of beloved animals and Disney characters that have been hand-created by Disney horticulturists.

This year’s Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival guests will be welcomed at the main entrance by the Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo, and Mushroom from Fantasia.

Lush Gardens

The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival invites guests to explore more than twenty lush gardens filled with dazzling flowerbeds and exotic plants to learn more about sustainable foods and how to live in harmony with the natural world.

Outdoor Kitchens

EPCOT’s World Showcase is where guests will find more than twenty outdoor kitchens offering festival-exclusive menus featuring healthy and wholesome sample-sized dishes and beverages.

Make sure to pick up a Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival gift card to make purchasing these tasty bites easier.

A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2020

Familiar Faces

Guests will want to keep their cameras ready because they will never know who they will see in the Parks!

Mickey Mouse and his friends will be out on a sightseeing tour in EPCOT’s World Showcase, while royalty will roll by in the Princess Promenade sporadically during the day. 

Live Entertainment

Guests will find live entertainment at several venues in EPCOT’s World Showcase:

  • Canada Mill Stage – The funkiest gardeners around, the Jammin Gardeners, are ready to tap out a beat to get their audiences moving and grooving.
  • America Gardens Theatre – Get swept away by inspiring vocal performances by the iconic Voices of Liberty who will be celebrating America’s spirit and beauty with a medley of unforgettable songs.
  • America Gardens Theatre – Mariachi Cobre lights up the stage with their exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.
  • World Showplace – Guests can relax and enjoy a selection of songs performed by a talented pianist as they enjoy dishes from surrounding marketplace kitchens.

Family Fun 

Families will not want to miss the chance to experience festival-exclusive exhibits, interactive gardens, and fun activities.

The popular Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration springtime scavenger hunt starring Spike, the buzzzz-iest honeybee at Walt Disney World, and the whimsical Egg-stravaganza Scavenger hunt are returning to keep guests buzzing around the park.

Festival-Exclusive Merchandise

It would not be a festival at EPCOT without exclusive merchandise, and this year guests can choose from a wide variety of items perfect for commemorating their visit to the park!

The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival runs daily from March 3, 2021, through July 5, 2021, and is available with valid admission and a park reservation for the same date. 

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