Prehistoric residents have moved into Jurassic Park at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
On Friday, the theme park introduced a life-size dinosaur at a meet-and-greet style attraction dubbed Raptor Encounter.
The intense, yellow-eyed animal, standing about 9 feet tall, growls, paces, pants and poses with visitors behind a barrier with a “Danger! 10,000 volts” sign. There are actually two of the figures, but they will appear individually throughout the day.
The site has a jungle-theme background enhanced with mechanical noise, jungle sounds and announcements, which include warnings not to touch or feed the raptors.
IOA workers, doubling up as team members of the fictional Jurassic Park attraction, tell queued up guests that they are about to encounter beings that “no one has seen in millions of years.” Visitors are allowed to take videos and selfies with the creatures, who stick their heads through a gap in the fence.
The debut of Raptor Encounter is closely timed with the premiere of “Jurassic World,” the latest in the film franchise, which debuts June 12.
The new attraction is roughly on the site of the old Triceratops Encounter, which opened with the park in 1999.
Currently under construction at Islands of Adventure is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a King Kong-themed attraction set to open next summer. It will be wedged between the park’s Thunder Falls Terrace restaurant and the Toon Lagoon section. The company also has submitted plans for a water park south of its Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which opened last year.