ORLANDO, Fla. — After months of buildup and excitement, Universal Orlando officially opened its new Jurassic World VelociCoaster — and eager fans arrived early for a chance to ride.
What You Need To Know
- VelociCoaster opens at Universal to early crowds
- Guests were eager to ride the new coaster
- Wait time reached 240 minutes at one point
- RELATED: Inside look: Universal's new VelociCoaster blends Jurassic Park and World
The opening of VelociCoaster was met with crowds. Many guests arrived hours before Islands of Adventure opened, forming a line that, at one point Thursday morning, wrapped through CityWalk.
Eventually, the gates opened and the rush was on as guests made their way to VelociCoaster.
The morning will filled with excitement and energy. The crowd cheered when the first coaster trains with people on them sped past. And many took selfies in front of the VelociCoaster entrance.
The wait time for new ride did reach 240 minutes. But the wait didn't stay at four hours for too long. By the afternoon, the wait hovered around 90 minutes.
And once guests finished their ride, Universal workers were nearby, handing out warm churros.
The VelociCoaster opening day wait was nothing compared to Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. When that coaster opened in June 2019, guests encountered a wait of up to 10 hours.