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I have always wondered what really happened to the Jurassic Park gate prop, and the "stone" archway. Does Universal Studios have the "stone" archway for their Jurassic Park ride?

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    You mean in real life?
    – Möoz
    Dec 14, 2017 at 3:56
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    @Möoz - I presume OP means the actual prop. It's been moved from the original filming location; kauaisurfclothing.com/jurassic-park-gate-kauai
    – Valorum
    Dec 14, 2017 at 7:47
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    This is a perfectly on-topic question, even if it is asking about a real world prop.
    – Edlothiad
    Dec 14, 2017 at 10:45
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    I'm only going to post a comment since I have no actual clue regarding this gate, but from former research on large props and even being fortunate to see a few films being filmed (from a distance) near where I've lived, most large props are dismantled and simply trashed or even burned. The gate wasn't a real gate. It was likely made of molded plastics, plaster and paint. Often, when shooting is done, large props are destroyed because it's the easiest way to deal with them, rather than paying to dismantle and ship it from Hawaii to Hollywood for storage.
    – RLH
    Dec 14, 2017 at 13:10
  • @Edlothiad Agreed.
    – Möoz
    Dec 14, 2017 at 21:19

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After chasing up a considerable number of people involved in the Hawaii location filming, I managed to touch base with my good friend Rick Carter, the film's Production Designer via email.

His recollection is that he is quite sure that the gate was ...

"...struck and trashed after the filming..."

...and that whatever remained of the gates and materials were obliterated by the elements, notably ...

"...hurricane Iniki [which made landfall] during the end of the production on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, which probably damaged them significantly."


It's possible that pieces of the gate could be found nearby the gate site (noting that the poles that are show to tourists aren't actually part of the original since they're nearly a hundred feet ahead of the site where the gate was placed) if one were to look hard enough, but since the gate was likely made out of little more than flimsy sheets of balsawood painted brown for wood and grey for stone, they could literally have gone anywhere.

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  • This might be a stretch, but could you use your connections to find the answer to this question about the DNA sequence on the velociraptor as well?
    – Parker
    Jun 14, 2021 at 16:19
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    @vallismortis - He was the overseas PD so it's unlikely that he'd have had any involvement in the making (or lighting) of the dinosaurs in the set. I'll ask around though.
    – Valorum
    Jun 14, 2021 at 16:20
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There are several YouTube videos of people going to the location of the Gate filmed in the movie.

7 years ago

4 years ago

This year

The actually Gate was located about 300 feet past these 2 poles. There is nothing left of the gate.

The last 2 give a pretty good description of how to get there if you want to see it yourself.

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    If you scroll a little later in the third video, the lady explains that these aren't the poles that held up the gates, but rather "trail markers", presumably added by locals so that they could show them to tourists; youtu.be/L2wKoHTk1UM?t=423
    – Valorum
    Jun 1, 2019 at 23:45
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Let me answer this in part.

The old gates were constructed out of a haphazardly-welded iron frame, with a mix of concrete, sand and crushed Waialeale volcanic rock used to create the facade (have a look at the helipad prop/Manawaiopuna falls stair case - these are protected original structures, although the pad is in a thousand parts now - these demonstrate the concrete composition as found at the gate location).

I do not know what came of our actual ‘wooden’ gate prop - I think that was taken away to allow access to the road again after filming, along with the park lettering, but the concrete poles that currently stand on the loop road were absolutely used in the movie to hold and add tension to the ‘electric-fence’, connected about 12 feet away from the gate and away from the road itself. These have been repositioned and erected since. The wire was originally looped through holes drilled into the iron framework on both the gate and the poles (you can still where the wires were cut in the concrete posts), with the facade added over the top.

There was a trench that ran along the length of the road up to the gate, holding potted ferns/palms etc. None of this was ever removed from the site outside of locals collecting souvenirs, and some of the plants are still on site, growing naturally in the foot-deep mud on either side of the road. The trench also still exists and is a great reference to show the road-to-gate filming location - in fact this can also be seen simply using Google earth. Hurricane Iniki destroyed both the gate prop and the Rex paddock fence, however there is still to this day chunks of concrete with volcanic rock embedded in it lying on the road and through the swamp in that area.

If you look hard enough, you will see that the fence wire was actually reused up at the ‘Rex paddock’ to stabilise a concrete dam, and the fence iron posts were cut and reused for both the water dam system nearby and the various 4wd gates through the area. There is still traces of grey paint on some of these. :)

Also… if you look hard enough you will find some of the fence mounts that were concreted to the ground. They basically look like a circle of concrete around a cut wire in the middle… this wire was used behind the fence to stabilise it and support the whole structure from falling backwards as was the case after Iniki hit the island.

With the final movie coming out shortly, hope this info helps to bring light to some of the secrets that have sat quietly for the last 30 years…. :)

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    Hi, welcome to the site. You speak as though you were someone who worked on the film itself. Is that the case, and if so, would you mind clarifying who you are, and what role you played in the making of the film? Apr 23, 2022 at 7:46
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