Kualoa Ranch – Welcome To Jurassic World

Powering up the driveway towards Kualoa’s entrance, I could hear those legendary words…..’Welcome To Jurassic Park’. I felt chills. Today, was going to be EPIC!

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000 acre working cattle ranch, nature reserve and most importantly…a working film set. And here we were, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after our 1 hour bus ride from Waikiki ready to begin our VIP Movie Location Tour.

Be prepared to fan girl as soon as you walk in – They have a Wall Of Fame featuring all of the Moves & TV shows that have been filmed here:

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Anyone who knows Kris & I or even those of you that follow us on Facebook/Instagram will know how we really are humongous Movie Geeks. There was no second thoughts about our visit here, the only decision we had to make was which package to take!

For us, the VIP Movie Tour was a no brainer. For US$120 each we were treated to  2 and a half hours of incredible as much as you could consume Movie sites all in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus with complimentary water, M&Ms and popcorn….we are technically ‘at’ the Movies after all!

Our tour guide (whose name completely escapes me!) was outstanding. Any questions we had he answered. He was full of knowledge not only regarding the movie sets but of the island of Oahu itself.

As the ranch is a working movie set, there is a chance that you could well drive past a working set. Sadly we were a few days late BUT we did see some rather large props loosely covered in tarpaulin throughout the ranch  a fallen helicopter & huge skull with enormous teeth…our tour guide couldn’t confirm what the movie was BUT since Kris is such a geek he knew that Kong: Skull Island had been filming there recently. Lo & behold, the trailer was realised & sure enough, there was the chopper & skull we had seen!

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First stop of the tour was an old WWII underground bunker which has been used for filming everything from Hawaii 5-0 to Pearl Harbour.

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The walls of the bunker are plastered with Movie posters and images of the film locations on the Ranch. Then came one of our first big geeks outs…..

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Yup…that is the actual sign from the Gyrosphere Ride Jurassic World.

Geek out Level: 8

Back on the bus we went further into the valley and all i could hear going round in my head was that infamous line ‘Welcome To Jurassic World’. The pictures do it no justice at all. It really is as though you’re in the movie!

Next stop…..well….I’ll let you see for yourself:

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Geek out Level: 9

We had no idea the dinosaurs would be so realistic! Laughing out loud

This was the only scene from Jurassic Park that was filmed here, however more than 80% of Jurassic World was filmed on location at Kualoa…and from what our guide told us, it looks promising that Jurassic World 2 will be filmed on the ranch as well.

Obviously Jurassic World is a huge film that’s fairly new so there are a few sites the crew left for the tour. But nothing is as incredible as this:

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That’s right….it’s the Indominus Rex compound.

Geek out level: 10! 

Not only have the kept the compound but the viewing platform from the movie…they’ve kept that too!!! (Word of warning…there were a LOT of bugs in it!) Even the posters on the walls had been left up.

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Now this wasn’t a Jurassic World Tour, far from it. Some of the other locations we visited we are follows:

50 First Dates
You Me & Dupree
Lost
Battleship
Journey 2, Mysterious Island

If you take the VIP tour, let your guide know what films/TV shows interest you and they’ll focus on these. There’s a list on Kualoa’s website of all the movies & shows that have been filmed there.

If you don’t fancy the VIP tour, the ranch also offers everything from Horseback tours to ATV’s to Catamaran tours to Zip lining from film set to film set. There really is something for everyone! And make sure you leave time for lunch, they serve all their own produce at the restaurant which is delicious!

Would we return? Without a doubt! Although the Movie Tour was extensive, there were so many other activities we would’ve loved to take part in at the ranch. Aloha, until next time…

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  1. That is one hell of a place. After being such a big fan of the franchise this is some place that I need to visit. Thanks for bringing this to my notice
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    1. You are more than welcome 🙂

  2. That looks like so much fun. Jurassic Park world seems like a place for every movie buff…young or old. Reliving movie moments in such places is so entertaining…specially with a bunch of people who share your interest in those kind of movies.

    1. Exactly. There really was something for everyone.

  3. Never heard of Kualoa Ranch but I so want to do this now and check out the movie stuff. Great write up and loving the photos. Safe travels
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    1. Its a fabulous day out. Plus there is a tour to suit all budgets!

  4. How cool! I never knew about this. I loved all the movies so this would be so interesting to visit.

    1. Its so fascinating. And the guides are so knowledgeable. They are total film geeks as well, you can hear their passion when they take you around the ranch.

  5. This place is AWESOME!!!! So many epic films attributable to one set, I would be totally geeking out over everything! And I had no idea it existed until your post! Adding it to my Hawaii bucket list right now..
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    1. You will LOVE it!!! Make sure you go with a full camera battery…and a back up!! And if you did get bored of the movie stuff there’s so much beautiful wildlife around the ranch too.

  6. Haha this is so cool! I didn’t realize the film set was still all set up. Looks like you guys had a fun time, it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a day!

    1. It was so much fun! I kept expecting to see a T-Rex pop out at any time haha!

  7. We were there for our honeymoon three years ago! Actually we were expecting more, but still it was a great day, considering how luscious is the green there!
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    1. I think it helps that Jurassic World was filmed there & Kong Skull Island had just finished filming so loads more props lying around than there may have been a few years ago. I do like that i could return in a few years and see a whole heap of new film locations.

  8. You’re right. Epic is probably the best way to describe this experience. As a fan, I can completely relate to the excitement this place brings!

    1. Exactly 🙂 Around every corner was something even more exciting than the last!

  9. Looks so much fun! 50 First Dates is one of my favorite movies. I wonder which parts were filmed here. 🙂

    1. I can tell you 🙂 The cafe was half filmed here (The views looking outwards towards the ocean, the actual cafe was built on a set somewhere else) the pier she runs along and the road where Adam Sandlar tries to impress her every day.

  10. I loved it here. I did two of the tours and had great fun. I wanted to do it as I was a bit fan of Lost!! Now I like to watch programmes and tell everyone I was there 🙂

    1. We do the same! Every time we watch anything we know was filmed there I’m shouting out that I was there!

  11. What a unique attraction! Sounds like a fun way to spend a few hours. I’ve only been to Maui and would love to get back to other islands!

    1. I’v only been to Oahu & would love to visit the other islands. I’m dying to see some of the volcanoes!

  12. 250 USD is a bunchload of money, yet I know that most of those parks are just expensive! Glad you enjoyed it there!
    (btw why aren’t you up on the wall of fame yet 😉 )

    1. Haha I would love to be up on that wall of fame! They do have cheaper options available but as total movie geeks we wanted the ultimate experience.

  13. This looks like so much fun! I didn’t even know this existed. My husband would actually love this even more than me! What a fun day out.
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    1. If he’s anything like my husband he sure will!

  14. Cool place. I am sure the movie goers would love this place. I know I would for sure. It is always interesting to visit such places and try to remember that particular scene in the movie.

    1. Every time we watch a movie that was filmed there now we can point out exactly where on the ranch they are!

  15. What an incredible place to visit for a movie fanatic. The number of movies that have been filmed in the ranch are mind boggling. I would surely love to visit it once. A thrilling experience no doubt.

    1. It really is a must for any movie fan who visits Oahu.

  16. Oh wow, I’d definitely fangirl! That bunker looks so neat. I’d love to visit, thanks for sharing 🙂
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    1. The bunker was awesome! It was also crammed full of different memorabilia from various films & tv shows.

  17. Omg, how cool is this?? I love visiting places where movies or TV shows have been filmed so this would be so awesome to see for myself. I like how you can tell them the movies your interested in so they focus on those. And that you can zipline from set to set!!

    1. Yup, something for every one! 🙂

  18. I never heard of Kualoa Ranch, but it seems to be such a fun place to visit! Just the fact it’s an actual film set makes me want to visit and see all these things (and the dinosaurs) for myself!

    1. It was so much fun! Not one dull moment!

  19. Sounds hilarious but I would definitely love to visit this place even once. Pretty exciting!

    1. It was so much fun!

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