The return of the Triceratops Discovery Trail attraction at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure is only "temporary" for now, according to the company.
A Universal spokesman told the Orlando Sentinel that the attraction, formerly known as Triceratops Encounter, is currently open in order to "test the experience" with guests. Its opening will also add some additional capacity to the park over the busy Christmas period, as it continues to draw huge crowds to 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 was reopened last week under the new name, with the attraction itself being identical to its previous incarnation. Universal's statement suggests that it could be mothballed again when the crowds at the park die down in January.
Triceratops Discovery Trail is a partial recreation of a scene from the Jurassic Park movie in which the lead characters encounter a sick triceratops. Guests are able to watch a "veterinary technician" perform exams on the triceratops, with advanced animatronics being used to create a sense of realism. A baby triceratops is also on display while guests wait to enter the attraction.
The motivation behind Universal's decision to reopen Triceratops Discovery Trail may be the need to draw some Islands of Adventure guests away from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Potter-themed land has proved a hugely popular addition to Islands of Adventure since opening earlier this year, resulting in serious capacity issues during peak periods. Bringing the dinosaur-themed attraction 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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