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Universal Orlando is reportedly preparing the return of the long-closed Triceratops Encounter to Islands of Adventure, as it it continues to try and alleviate crowding in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Triceratops Encounter, which is located in the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure, originally opened with the park in 1999 but closed in 2005. However, it was left in place and Orlando Parks News reports that Universal has begun work to bring it back into operation. The work is still at an early stage, and Triceratops Encounter is unlikely to return until some time in 2011.

In its original form, Triceratops Encounter was a partial recreation of a scene from the Jurassic Park movie in which the lead characters encounter a sick triceratops. Guests were able to watch a "veterinary technician" perform exams on the triceratops, with advanced animatronics being used to create a sense of realism. A video of the attraction in action in 2003 is embedded below:

If the reports are accurate and Triceratops Encounter is set to reopen, Universal's motivation may be the need to draw some Islands of Adventure guests away from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Potter-themed land has proven a hugely popular addition to Islands of Adventure since its opening earlier this year, resulting in serious capacity issues during peak periods. Bringing Triceratops Encounter back online offers a low-cost route to add additional capacity elsewhere in the park, even if the impact on crowds at the Wizarding World is likely to be minimal.

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