Jurassic Park Visitor Center

Movie Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg (1993)
Professors Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) enter the Jurassic Park visitor center with their host, the whimsical John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). A building housed in the Valley House Plantation Estate, Kealia, on the island of Kaua'i, Hawaii.

“Spared no expense.”

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough)

Steven Spielberg chose to make one of the buildings of the Valley House Plantation Estate, the visitor center of his Jurassic Park. The architecture of the place is inspired by traditional Hawaiian buildings and blends into the surrounding jungle. Contrary to what the images suggest, civilization is not far away and the technicians can regularly go back and forth between the different locations chosen by the production.

Only the exterior scenes of the Visitor Center are shot at the Valley House Plantation Estate. All the interiors are filmed in the Universal Pictures studios, where all the sets of the different buildings were built, such as the kitchens in which the raptors attack or the control center of the park where Samuel L. Jackson’s character works.

Years later, the Jurassic Park: The ride was inaugurated in the same studios. Costing $110 million, it allows visitors to experience a life-size reconstruction of the park from a vehicle. The release and success of Jurassic World and its sequels encouraged the studios to renovate the attraction to gradually harmonize it with the new feature films, with even more realistic dinosaurs, to the delight of visitors.


Stan Winston built two life-size animatronic T-Rexes for Jurassic Park.

Jurassic Park Visitor Center
Jurassic Park Visitor Center. All rights reserved: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment.

6191 Hauaala Rd

Located in the green hills of Ke’alia on the island of Kaua’i, this property includes a magnificent and spacious house but also lush gardens.

Built for Colonel Zephaniah Smith Spalding in 1878, this luxurious residence was devoted in its early years to the cultivation of sugar cane. Popular for its architecture, the house is i... Learn more about 6191 Hauaala Rd

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, June 13, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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