Are you and your family heading to Universal Studios Orlando? Getting ready to plan your itinerary? I have to say that one of the must do things is to start exploring Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando. We had that opportunity when we went on a college exploring road trip, and my husband said we could take a side trip to the theme park. This was one of my favorites, second only to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Are you ready to step back in time to a lost world?
I have always been a fan of the Jurassic Park movies ever since I read the original novel. So to see these creatures come to life in the movie was scary and cool and awesome. I definitely would not want to come face-to-face with one of those guys.
Before I begin, I just want to say that staying on-site at one of the hotels near the theme parks is one of the best decisions you can make. We stayed at the Loews Royal Pacific Hotel, and it really made our time special. You don’t have to worry about driving, and early access to the Harry Potter attractions leaves you plenty of time to explore Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando.
FAQ’s About Jurassic Park At Universal Studios Orlando
Here are a few things for you to consider when planning your trip. Sometimes things can be overwhelming, so I hope these frequently asked questions will help you get started.
Where Is Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando Located?
You will find Jurassic Park in Islands of Adventures at Universal Studios Orlando. There is no need to fly off to a remote island to enjoy seeing a lost world.
How Much Is Admission To The Park?
Jurassic Park is included in the cost of your ticket to Universal Studios. As of July 2022, the average cost to get into both parks at Universal Studios is $79 plus tax. Children ages 2 and under are free.
Where Can I Park To Get Into Jurassic Park Universal Studios Orlando?
Here is the address to the parking you can plug into your GPS:
Parking Garage Address For Theme Parks And Universal CityWalk
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Daily Parking Fees Per Vehicle
Prime Parking: $60
Prime Upgrade: $32
RV/Bus Parking: $32
Regular Parking: $27
These rates are for July 2022. Always check the Universal Studios website for the most accurate information.
Are There Attractions For Younger Children?
There are definitely attractions for the youngest dinosaur fans. Camp Jurassic and the Discovery Center are the perfect places to enjoy the park without the intense nature of the adult rides.
Are There Real Dinosaurs At Jurassic Park?
Of course, you know that there aren’t real dinosaurs here at the park. But let me tell you, some of the decorations look extremely life-like. Keep an eye on your little ones and let them know they are just pretend!
Where Do I Find The Entrance To Jurassic Park?
As you exit the Hogsmeade attraction, the first thing you see is the iconic gate.
Every time we walk through, and I mean every time, my husband would always quote Ian Malcolm: “What have they got in there, King Kong?”. Made us laugh every time!
If you keep walking through, you will eventually meet up with my favorite gal. Say hello to Rexy.
My kids thought I was nuts because I took close to 15 pictures just of her. I can’t help it, she was always my favorite in the movies. I wouldn’t want to run into her in a dark jungle, though.
Places to Eat in Jurassic Park at Universal Studios:
There are a bunch of cute stands scattered throughout Jurassic Park at Universal Studios. We had purchased the refillable mug and you could get your refills there. From quick snacks to hot dogs, there was generally something for everyone.
But our favorite place to eat was the Pizza Predattoria. They had the best personal-sized pizzas that were so good, even my fussy youngest son ate them without complaining.
The other bonus was there was a refill station on the side and the restrooms were only a few steps away!
More places to eat in Jurassic Park:
- Thunder Falls
- The Burger Digs
- The Watering Hole
You will definitely find the perfect place to satisfy any appetite.
Things To Do In Jurassic Park At Universal Studios Orlando:
One of the first places you should visit is the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Modeled after Hammond’s showroom in the movie, it has fun things for kids of all ages. Heck, my family had to drag me away!
The famous T-Rex display in the movie.
What Attractions Can You Find?
The main attraction: the River Adventure. Riders beware, you WILL get wet. Best to leave your stuff with non-riders and have some clothes to change into. We found out there is no safe seat!
And, one of my favorites, the Raptor Encounter.
Meet Keelo. This clever girl was up to no good the day we visited. See her eyeing everyone up?
I wasn’t paying close enough attention, and she decided I was looking like I would make a good snack. Uh, no girl, you don’t want to eat me!
She found it hilarious that I thought my entire family would protect me. Actually, she was just being a ham for the camera. Beware though, she has some horrible breath!
There are plenty of places to get some souvenirs to remember your trip. For me, it was all about the t-shirts. I did want to take Keelo home with me, but my family didn’t think our yard was big enough for her to run around. Party poopers!
New Attractions Since Our Visit In 2016:
- Jurassic World VelociCoaster
- Pteradon Flyers
I hoped you enjoyed a glimpse of some of the fun you will have exploring Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando. I am already trying to figure out when we can come again!