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10.18.2015
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An invite to Hawaii is hard to turn down in any capacity, so when a set visit is included it's just icing on the cake. Such was the case for JURASSIC WORLD. In preparation for it's blu-ray/DVD release, a group of journalists, myself included, were brought out to the island of Oahu to visit some of the filming locales in Oahu, including the I-Rex Paddock, Gyrosphere Landing Pad, and Gentle Giants Petting Zoo. I know, it's rough.

Now, full disclosure, I did not love JURASSIC WORLD, but I did love that it revived the franchise, which has been gone for too long. For me, it was a great effort that opened the doors to more films in the franchise, so I'm calling it a win, even if I had some issues with it. Universal certainly isn't complaining, though, as it's the biggest movie of the year. I'd say that trumps any criticism for them. All that said, I treated this trip as something that was for the fans of the series, of which I know there are many, and did my best to bring it to them. You can check out the full rundown of my exploits on the island in the video below, as well as some images from the trip below that. If you're a casual fan, rabid Jurassic geek, or simply want to see what the physical sets and locales were like, then this is for you.

In addition, you can check out my interviews with Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins HERE! They all had lots to share, including their first experiences with the original JURASSIC PARK, their hopes for the sequel, and more!

"They're dinosaurs, wow enough."

JURASSIC WORLD is now available on digital HD and hits Blu-Ray/DVD on October 20th. PREORDER HERE!

My view from the hotel...

Enjoying a Mai Tai or five in front of the famous Banyan Tree.

And, just in case you don't know what the Banyon Tree is. No smoke monsters sighted, though.

The Indominous Rex Paddock from the road. A hell of a big practical set.

Nice little off-roader outside the I-Rex paddock. Couldn't find the keys, so no joyrides with it.

Joblo ain't afraid of no electrical fences...

Yep. I can confirm it. They're claw marks, all right.

The I-Rex viewing deck from the ground.

And the viewing deck from inside. Tight quarters, but fully functional. For, y'know, standing and viewing.

Someone left a T-Rex skull in the I-Rex paddock. It's like a chew toy, I guess?

Actual Gyrosphere from the film (sans glass). Sucker weighs 2,000 Ibs. I did not try to lift it.

I would seriously put this in my house if I had one. Right on the coffee table. "And here's our T-Rex skull!"

They put that logo EVERYWHERE.

The log from Jurassic World that Grant and the kids hide behind. And a dinosaur attacking me. It happens.

All geared up for an RV ride through KuaLoa Ranch.

Like I said, they put that logo EVERYWHERE.

One of many Jurassic World signs at the Honolulu Zoo Gentle Giants pen (actually an Elephant pen)

Rocking our "sports pose" at the Luau: (L to R) Paul Shirey, Aurora Rodriguez (J-14 Magazine), Eric Vespe (AICN), Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth Gabel, Aaron Sagers (Blastr)

And then our normal one. Aloha!

No trip ends without a great sunset shot.

Post interview selfie with Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson. Fun chaps to talk with!

Post interview show with me and Bryce Dallas Howard. She seriously was a delight to talk to and I only use that word after dessert or a Wes Anderson movie.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Extra Tidbit: Oh, and yes, you can visit many of these sets and locations in Hawaii. The I-Rex paddock is now a fixture, along with a ton of other notable sets, from 98's Godzilla and many more. Check it out if you're ever in the area!
Source: JoBlo.com

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12:39PM on 10/19/2015

Great work

Sorry to hear you didn't love the film Paul. I thought it was fantastic and the best film of the year, so far.

Even though you didn't love the film itself, this was a very well done report and video for the fans of the film and series. Thank you.
Sorry to hear you didn't love the film Paul. I thought it was fantastic and the best film of the year, so far.

Even though you didn't love the film itself, this was a very well done report and video for the fans of the film and series. Thank you.
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2:29PM on 10/19/2015
Cheers, Billy! I'm just happy the franchise is back, even if I didn't love Jurassic World (still my favorite sequel of the series, though). Glad you enjoyed the report/video and thanks for the kind words!
Cheers, Billy! I'm just happy the franchise is back, even if I didn't love Jurassic World (still my favorite sequel of the series, though). Glad you enjoyed the report/video and thanks for the kind words!
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1:29AM on 10/19/2015

This is fantastic

I forgot that after I read this and watched the video that I clicked out to read the interviews from the link here, so I commented under them, thinking I was back here. Great job with everything this was all so much fun to read and watch.
I forgot that after I read this and watched the video that I clicked out to read the interviews from the link here, so I commented under them, thinking I was back here. Great job with everything this was all so much fun to read and watch.
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2:29PM on 10/19/2015
Thanks again, Glinda!
Thanks again, Glinda!
12:04AM on 10/19/2015
Very cool. I also had some issues with the film, but that didn't stop me from having a blast watching it in theaters. Some of the most fun I had in a theater this year.
Very cool. I also had some issues with the film, but that didn't stop me from having a blast watching it in theaters. Some of the most fun I had in a theater this year.
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