When Steven Spielberg released the first ‘Jurassic Park’ film way back in 1993, even he must have dared not predict the impact the film would have on the average moviegoer’s psyche. ‘Jurassic Park’ was not just a film; it was an experience. Right from the epic opening musical score by legendary Hollywood composer John Williams, to the ridiculously lifelike animatronics based special effects, the film remains a marvel of cinema to this day. This is part of the reason why the gap of nearly fourteen years between the third and the fourth movie in the franchise is a bit of a surprise. What is not a surprise, however, is the enormous hype and success garnered by the 2015 release of ‘Jurassic World’.
Despite featuring an entirely new cast boasting the likes of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jake Johnson, ‘Jurassic World’ is actually a direct sequel to the original ‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy, taking place over two decades after the events of the original ‘Jurassic Park’.
The story line borrows heavily from its predecessors, with the source of carnage and mayhem this time around being a vicious new hybrid dinosaur named Indominus Rex which escapes its enclosure in the Jurassic World luxury resort. Now, it is up to ex military badass and dinosaur training expert Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) to save as many people as he can with the assistance of Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), the Jurassic World operations manager with whom he shares a romantic past.
If you were wondering where was ‘Jurassic World’ filmed, read on to find out everything we know.
1. Allerton Garden, Kauai
Part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Allerton Garden is home to large fig trees, which were featured in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” when Dr. Alan Grant and his companions find a dinosaur nest. The garden is open for guided tours.
2. Jurassic Kahili Ranch, Kauai
This 2,800-acre working cattle ranch has appeared in three of the Jurassic Parkfilms, including 2015’s “Jurassic World.” The ranch’s most famous scene is when Grant — and the audience — sees living dinosaurs for the first time in “Jurassic Park.”
3. Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
The emerald cliffs of Kualoa Ranch have not only appeared in the Jurassic Park series but also other movies and shows like “Lost,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle“. You can even sign up for a tour of the ranch’s filming locations, including the log where Grant and the kids hide from a dinosaur stampede in “Jurassic Park.”
4. Limahuli Garden, Kauai
Also part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the Limahuli Garden was the background for the imposing raptor paddock in the original film. You won’t be seeing any raptors if you visit, but you can expect to see some of Hawaii’s endangered flora and fauna.
5. Manawaiopuna Waterfall, Kauai
Thanks to the movies series, the Manawaiopuna Waterfall is so recognizable that it has earned the nickname Jurassic Falls. It was used as the location of the helipad set from “Jurassic Park,” and if you visit, you’ll also want to take a helicopter tour.
6. Mount Wai’ale’ale, Kauai
The iconic Jurassic Park gates were constructed at the base of Mount Wai’ale’ale, and while the gates themselves are gone, the poles they were built around are still there. The area is also home to a few other filming locations from the movies, but they are only accessible if you’re a very brave hiker.
7. Na Pali Coast, Kauai
The cliffs of the Na Pali Coast are also the coastline of Isla Nublar, which is the fictional island where Jurassic Park was built. To preserve the integrity of the area, visitors and boats are not allowed on the shore. You can, however, see the cliffs on a helicopter or boat tour.
If you plan on spending any time in Hawaii, it might be great to stop by these spots and put your Jurassic Park geekdom on full display!