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Universal: Fresh views pop up for VelociCoaster watchers

Universal: Fresh views pop up for VelociCoaster watchers
Universal’s Islands of Adventure is giving roller-coaster fans a closer look at Jurassic Park VelociCoaster

(Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel) What they saw: the occasional testing of (empty) trains gliding by, as close as 15 feet from the sidewalk; clear views of several high and twisting maneuvers, lots of landscaping (even a faux jungle needs to look leafy) and jagged rock work, a waterfall and, near paddocks 1 and 2, the flat area where the vehicle prepares to launch into the top hat structure that appears to be the thrill ride’s signature move.(Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel) Universal Orlando has not announced a grand-opening date, although it has settled on “summer” as an answer as to when to expect VelociCoaster to be available to the public.(Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel) First, up-close impressions: It looks smooth and fairly silent, what with no screaming passengers on board.(Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel) There are five roller coasters in the works at Florida theme parks, all without announced opening dates.

(Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel) The new ride is built on the waterfront in the Jurassic Park section of the theme park.(Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel) Another hopeful sign: Dinosaur-heavy VelociCoaster merchandise has starting appearing in the theme park.

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