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Jurassic Park- The Ride: E! Live Premiere Special (June 21, 1,996)
January 7, 2013
Wow, this special brings back a ton of memories. I remember recording this off the TV (June 21, 1,996), as it happened, dieing to actually go there and ride it myself. It wasn't until sometime later that I was able to.
It's a pretty light (and at times corny) special that mostly features the various celebrities as they get off the ride describe how it was. You'll see David Hasselhoff (LOL), Noah Wyle (dreamy), Jonathan Brandis (RIP), director Robert Rodriguez (!!!), and more. Christina Ferrare mentions that she actually rode on the ride with "John Hammond" (Richard Attenburough)!
You'll also see Steven Spielberg at the inauguration ceremony and a brief word with him afterward (revealing that he stops the ride for himself to get off before the plunge), as well as Jeff Goldblum, and Ariana Richards with Joseph Mazzello.
As for the ride itself, you do see some brief behind the scenes moments and ride footage, a good amount exclusive to this special. They even show off some of the ride's merchandise (most that are no longer present there), including t-shirts in a box shaped like the boat, a hard had with flashlight, a toy gun, and others.
The actual content here is pretty low, but the nostalgia here is wonderful, and the excitement is definitely present and nice to see the stars just out there having fun with it. Jeff Goldblum in-particular was quite amusing. This ride was a pretty big deal back in the day, and the premiere was made better with money going toward the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation.
Hope you all enjoy this trip back in time. The beginning is slightly cut off; I guess I didn't hit "record" right away back when this aired, although it's hardly any loss. Oh, and yes, I did remove the commercial breaks. ;)