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Universal Orlando has again closed the Triceratops Discovery Trail attraction at Islands of Adventure, after a trial reopening period ran its course.

The attraction, formerly known as Triceratops Encounter, returned in December having been shuttered since 2005. However, Universal had already made clear that it would only be open on a temporary basis, in order to "test the experience" with guests. It also helped to provide additional capacity at Islands of Adventure over the Christmas period, when huge crowds descended on the park to visit the Wizarding 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 subsequently reopened under the new name, with the attraction itself being identical to its previous incarnation. It is possible that the attraction will operate seasonally, opening only during periods of peak attendance.

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.

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