So, our friends over at Park Rumors have uncovered the first permit for what is believed to be the upcoming Jurassic Park expansion for Universal's Islands of Adventure. The permit is for a staging area and trailer to be set up in the plot of land in between the Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the Royal Pacific Resort, and lasts through April 2015. Obviously, this points to a spring/summer opening for this project as long as everything goes according to plan.
But let's get into what we could actually be seeing in the expansion, and where it could be going. Note, the following is speculation. I'm in no way, shape, or form saying this is what we're definitely going to be seeing in the expansion.
So, first, let's take a look at the plots that will most likely be used in the expansion. First is the plot of land behind Thunder Falls Terrace and the River Adventure. Recently, Orlando United's hatetofly has said survey markers have appeared behind the area in preparation for expansion. The above report from Park Rumors also mentions that Thunder Falls Terrace will close and become part of the new construction. This is the first I've heard of this, but it would not surprise me.
Moving on to another likely location for work is the old Triceratops Encounter area. This long dormant area was rumored to be the original focus of the JP expansion rumors, but that seems to have changed in the recent months, so much so that it seemed like it was forgotten in the shuffle. Personally, I don't see that happening. The land is in too valuable of a location to be ignored and left as is. Not to mention, from the picture below, it's a nice size.
Raptor meet and greet show from Universal Singapore? It also wouldn't be a bad idea to add some themed flat rides in.
Below, is a picture of the overall areas in question.