How Jurassic World Solved The Original Park's Biggest Tourist Problem

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Jurassic World was an awesome theme park (before the dinosaurs got loose) that fixed the original Park's problem of guests seeing dinosaurs up close.

One of Jurassic World's innovations solved an old issue Jurassic Park had: the guests could now ride Gyrospheres to get up close to the dinosaurs as opposed to waiting (in vain) for the creatures to become visible. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World launched a new sequel trilogy that followed up the original film saga directed by Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston, and the final film, Jurassic World: Dominion, is expected to premiere in 2021.

In Steven Spielberg's beloved 1993 Jurassic Park, the island of Isla Nublar was still closed to visitors and billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invited a select group guests to inspect the stability of the park. Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) were the scientists Hammond hoped would sign off on Jurassic Park and please his investors. Of course, their tour of the facility, which included Hammond's grandchildren Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello), resulted in disaster as the dinosaurs broke loose, killed several people, and destroyed the park. But even prior to the dinosaurs running amok, the inspection tour was going badly. At each stop, there were do visible dinosaurs since, being animals, they don't appear on cue and perform for guests. Malcolm even drew Hammond's ire when he mocked, "Ah, now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?"

Trevorrow's billion-dollar-grossing 2015 blockbuster showed the dinosaur theme park, rebranded as Jurassic World by its new owner, Masrani Global Corporation, as fully operational. In fact, prior to the film's catastrophic dinosaur outbreak, Jurassic World successfully operated for 10 years and welcomed tens of thousands of guests. Jurassic World was John Hammond's dream come true: It was a luxury resort, theme park, biological preserve rolled into one, and Jurassic World boasted restaurants, nightlife, and a golf course. Further, Jurassic World brought guests closer to the dinosaurs than ever before, thanks to the use of Gyrospheres. The two-person vehicles were globes that could drive at 5 mph and guests could pilot them to ride right next to the gentle giants of the park, like the triceratops and the brachiosaurs.

The Gyrospheres were heavily featured in the two Jurassic World movies set on Isla Nublar. In Jurassic World, the nephews of Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) rode the Gyrospheres into the park and interacted with the herbivores, until they entered a restricted area and encountered the rampaging Indominus Rex, which destroyed their Gyrosphere. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Gyrospheres saved the lives of Claire, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), and their friends; as the volcano on Isla Nublar erupted and destroyed the island, they were able to escape the island in the Gyropsheres into the relative safety of the sea.

Jurassic World had other clever means to give guests meaningful and unforgettable interactions with InGen's prehistoric clones. Other attractions included the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo for children to play with young herbivores. The Cretaceous Cruise allowed guests t0 kayak down a river and see the dinosaurs up close on the shores and in the water. And for visitors who didn't mind getting soaked, the Mosasaurus Feeding Show at the Jurassic World Lagoon let them witness the enormous aquatic dinosaur perform tricks, and they could even see the Mosasaurus swimming in the Underwater Observatory.

But the Gyrospheres, which were bulletproof and featured an instructional video hosted by Jimmy Fallon, were Jurassic World's coolest rides and they were a big improvement on the Ford Explorers used in the original Jurassic Park tour. Arguably the best part of Jurassic World was seeing the theme park fully-operational for the first time, which is something fans watching the original Jurassic Park trilogy could only imagine. The Gyrospheres were a big reason why a visit to Jurassic World seemed so cool - until the dinosaurs got loose and destroyed the park (again).