June 2023 marks a big milestone for the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Universal Studios Parks will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the influential dinosaur film! To mark the occasion, they are throwing a T-rex-sized event with new merchandise, food, and activities.
It will take place the weekend of June 9th at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
At the Universal Orlando Resort, guests can step through the iconic gates of Jurassic Park at Universal Islands of Adventure. The area includes rides like; Jurassic Park River Adventure, a leisure raft trip that turns into a daring eight-story drop to escape a T-rex. Also, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, which is Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster.
There is a Jurassic Park Tribute Store that opened late last month. This immersive retailer lets guests explore a series of themed rooms. The rooms tell the history of the film from pre-production items like storyboards and blueprints to photo ops recreating memorable scenes. They will also be selling 30th-anniversary merchandise like hats, key chains, plush, collectibles, and so much more.
All the exploring and running from dinosaurs is sure to build up an appetite. Universal Orlando Resort has you covered with a “Jurassic Park”-themed menu. Thunder Falls will be serving Prehistoric Raptor Wings which are chargrilled chicken wings marinated with olive and spices then tossed in a sweet chili sauce. They also come with cilantro lime rice, black beans, and a plantain chip. For dessert, there is a new Coconut Cajeta Churro, a caramel-infused churro drizzled with coconut flakes and caramel sauce. And starting today you can wash that all down with an exclusive new 30th-anniversary Fanta flavor, “Wild Refresherrrr.”
To top it all off the park will be doing a screening of “Jurassic Park” at Universal Cinemark in CityWalk on June 9, 10, and 11.
Universal Studios Hollywood also has some fun and unique offerings to mark this milestone. The popular Jurassic World—The Ride, takes guests into the exhilarating world of the dinosaurs that inhabit Jurassic Park. Near the ride, adventures can check out Jurassic Outfitters, a retailer offering exclusive merchandise like apparel, collectibles, and more! Select items will also be available at the UNIVRS and the Universal Studio Store.
In celebration, the Jurassic Café will be serving up a new selection of Latin American-inspired food and themed beverages. The new menu features:
- Grilled Veggie and Beef Skewers
- Brazilian Cheese Bread
- Raptor Hummus
- Coconut Flan
- Dino Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
There is also the Family Feast which is two half chickens, two skewers, hummus, chips, cheese balls, mojo pork, and vegetables.
As far as drinks go, the café will be serving themed Boxed Water, the exclusive “Wild Refresherrrr” Fanta Flavor, and an Amber Mojito.
Isla Nu-Bar’s menu will also expand and offer new themed items like the “Jurassic Water” cocktail, and the dinosaur-themed wines Pterrior Dactyl Rosé and Blanco-Osaurus. These cocktails can also be served in a new souvenir Volcano Tiki Cup.