Brought this over from the old forum, since it's a pretty good question.
For me, JP is an extension of an earlier love, and my introduction to cinema at large. As a kid, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. After an accident when I was 2, my parents and family bought me stuff with dinosaurs and I fell in love with them. Move ahead to two years, and Jurassic Park was coming out. My mom bought me the Young Rex toy after she'd been on a trip, and I was hooked.
Although they covered my eyes at the more violent parts, they took my to see JP after it came out, as my first movie I'd ever seen in theaters. I loved every second of it. I even got to see it a second time later at a drive-in double feature with The Flintstones movie.
Despite not being my favorite film, JP will always be in my top 10, and will always hold a special place in me. It really is a huge part of my childhood.