Jurassic Park Expansion for 2015?
There have been rumors for the past few months about a new attraction (or possibly even attractions) coming to the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure. So far the only apparent additions coming to the island are new themed games, much like the ones added to The Simpson’s area last year. However, a permit recently filed with the City of Orlando could be our first concrete evidence that this expansion is finally coming to fruition:
The permit, filed on July 26th, calls for the addition of a new construction trailer located off Adventure Way for approximately 18 months. Those who have been following Universal’s past construction projects will recognize this area as the staging location for Project 609, Project 146, and the IOA portion of Project 722. The arrow on the map below gives you a general idea of where this trailer will go, amidst the several other existing trailers for Universal’s ongoing construction projects:
The most telling bit of info from this permit is that the trailer will be onsite for about 18 months. It was just recently given “Issued” status on August 20th, so assuming they get the trailer finished by mid-September, we’re looking at an April 2015 completion date for whatever project this trailer will serve. With Cabana Bay and Diagon Alley both set to open next spring/summer, this trailer is clearly not for either of those projects, which makes the Jurassic Park expansion the most likely choice. Not only that, but the trailer is for the company KHS&S, a design-assist firm specializing in themed entertainment construction. One of their biggest past jobs was Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if they were taking the helm for the expansion as well.
The blue highlights on the map above represent the rumored area(s) for the new attraction(s). Thunder Falls Terrace, highlighted in red, is rumored to be on its way out to make way for this new expansion. With an 18 month construction timeline for this project, we should start seeing more permits and more work starting very soon, so be sure to check back for more updates.