Universal Orlando silently opened their newest experience, called Raptor Encounter over the weekend. The encounter is located in the Jurrasic Park area at Islands of Adventure. With the new movie, Jurassic World to open in mid-June, this experience will put you in the movies.
The Raptor encounter is a photo opportunity that allows guests the chance to get up close and personal with a Velociraptor. As you approach the fence labeled 10,000 Volts, a warning goes off to warn you of an approaching Raptor. The raptor, which growls, screeches and walks comes up to an opening in the fence that allows guests to pose for a picture with one of the most fierce dinosaurs!
The raptor itself looks very realistic and the guests seemed to love the closeness and how the raptor interacted with them. Even with this experience being new, many guests were peeking in to catch a view of the raptor and to see what the experience was all about. There are a ton of sound effects that heighten your senses during this experience as well!
Right now, this encounter is in training so times will vary. Today, I was told that they would be open from 11-4 but there was no guarantee that they would be open or to stay open. This encounter can be found in the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure between the welcome center and the river adventure ride.
I really enjoyed this encounter and am glad to see they have an attraction like they had with the Triceratops. Check back for more information on this encounter!