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    Jurassic Park Discovery Center

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This interactive educational exhibit mixes fiction from the movie Jurassic Park, such as using fossil DNA to bring dinosaurs to life, with skeletal remains and other paleontological displays. The best exhibit here lets guests watch an animatronic raptor being hatched, with a young witness getting to name the newborn. You never know quite when one will emerge, but ask an attendant if you should stick around. Other exhibits allow you to digitally “fuse” your DNA with a dinosaur’s to see what the resultant creature would look like, play a cheesy game show with dino trivia, or “be a saurus” by seeing through the eyes of a life-size animatronic (if it happens to be working).

Touring Tips

The Discovery Center usually opens later than the rest of the park and may close earlier as well; typical hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tour after seeing the park’s major rides and attractions, or on your second day in the park. Most folks can digest this exhibit in 10–15 minutes. Behind the Discovery Center is a gorgeous waterfront terrace where you can get away from the crowds—at least when it isn’t being used for a special event or as a Hogsmeade holding area.

Jurassic Park Discovery Center Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Jurassic Park Discovery Center when you visit on a day with a given Universal's Islands of Adventure Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Jurassic Park Discovery Center Wait Times.

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