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Universal Orlando reveals details of Jurassic Park coaster coming next summer

Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster will flip passengers upside down and leave them dangling as it travels slowly for 100 feet.

If you need something to look forward to next summer, Universal Orlando has revealed details of the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster coming to its Islands of Adventure theme park in summer 2021. And it’s a monster.

The ride will include two launches, one of which will hit 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. The coaster will also have what is called a 155-foot “top hat” tower named for its steep rise, a short crest at its apex and an equally steep drop that will send riders careening down the other side nearly straight down at an 80-degree angle.

It will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster, a Universal news release said.

Universal Orlando has announced it will open Jurassic World VelociCoaster in the summer of 2021 and it will be Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster. [ Universal Orlando Resorts ]

Spanning more than 4,700 feet of track and reaching heights of up to 155 feet, the coaster’s signature maneuvers will have guests twisting and soaring above land, barrel-rolling just inches above water, speeding through near misses and launches within the paddock. And the scariest part is there will just be a lap restraint holding them in place.

The coaster will also include two head-over-heels inversions, including a 360-degree barrel roll above the park’s lagoon. Universal is calling it a “zero-gravity inverted stall.” It will flip passengers upside down and leave them dangling as the train travels slowly for another 100 feet.

VelociCoaster will be Universal’s fastest ride with a 70 mph launch. Themed to the Jurassic World films, it will feature a pack of velociraptors released from their paddock just as the cars take off.