My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!
Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure photographed in November 2008:
Universal Orlando features two theme parks, one of which is the superbly themed and detailed Islands of Adventure, composed of 6 distinct areas around a central lake. Jurassic Park is the only one of the areas to be based on a single story/movie franchise, and is a collection of attractions, buildings, and tropical landscapes that recreate the story of dinosaurs brought back to life and showcased in an island zoo that ultimately fails to contain them.
Jurassic Park Discovery Center:
This building houses natural history displays, some of which recreate those seen in the visitor center of the first film, as well as a gift shop and cafe.
Jurassic Park River Adventure:
This boat ride takes visitors into lush zoo habitats for the dinosaurs before being sidetracked into the back indoor containment areas where some of the animals have escaped and threaten the tour. A final steep drop sends the boats back to safety in the lagoon where the journey starts.
Thunder Falls Terrace:
This large restaurant has a view of the splash lagoon for the River Adventure.
This excellently themed adventure playground is circled by a small gentle suspended rollercoaster called Pteranodon Flyers.