Apparently, the dinosaurs at Universal Studios are getting a little too Jurassic because the theme park has just announced that the Jurassic Park ride is closing. Before you get too sad about this popular ride going extinct, however, the attraction is only closing to make way for a newer generation of dinos.

After 22 years of scream-inducing thrills, Jurassic Park the Ride is shutting down. Of course, as any Jurassic Park fan knows, life finds a way and this does not signal the end. Instead, it’s just the beginning. The ride is shutting down for a complete renovation and will reopen with a new look and new name: Jurassic World Ride.

The blockbuster franchise that changed movie making as we know it 25 years ago, is returning this summer with the latest installment, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, making it the perfect time for a theme park upgrade. Just like the first Jurassic movie, the new ride promises to be revolutionary. The details are minimal so far but according to Universal Studios the new attraction will have “never-before-seen dinosaurs, enhanced storytelling, lush scenic design, an entirely new color scheme and uncompromised state-of the art technology.”

Fans of the original have until September 3 to get their last rides in before the attraction officially shuts down. The new ride will open in 2019.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

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