Terminator 2: 3D announced to close at Universal Orlando, replacement attraction set for 2019

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Universal Orlando announced the closing of Terminator 2: 3D, which will be replaced with a new franchise attraction in 2019. From their press release:

Terminator 2: 3-D at Universal Studios Florida will run its last shows on Sunday, Oct. 8 to make way for an all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise. It will open in 2019.  This is one of many exciting new experiences coming to Universal Orlando Resort as we continue our epic growth.

Universal Pictures’ biggest franchises and films include the following, some of which already have attractions in the park:

  • Jurassic Park
  • Despicable Me
  • Fast & Furious
  • King Kong
  • E.T.
  • Jaws
  • The Mummy
  • Back to the Future
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Jason Bourne series
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • How to Train Your Dragon


Universal described the new attraction as high-energy, so the “Bourne” series could be a good candidate. According to the LA Times, it’s one of the Top 25 most powerful film franchises. There are four films in the series and it’s made a total of $1.2 billion to date at the box office.

It’s also possible they’ll build on the Dark Universe franchise. For example, “Bride of Frankenstein” is due in theaters in 2019. There are also two big yet-to-be named event movies coming that year.

In the horror genre, Blumhouse Productions recently partnered with Universal for Halloween Horror Nights, so it’s possible we’ll see an attraction based on one of their many huge hits (The Purge, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, to name a few). Another option is “Glass” (2019), the follow-up to M. Night Shyamalan’s successful film “Split.”

If they decide to build around a more family-friendly movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “How to Train Your Dragon” are good options. Neither film is completely owned by Universal, but “Pets” floats already appear in the park’s Superstar Parade.

Terminator 2: 3D opened at Universal Orlando in 1996. The attraction was also in operation at Universal Studios Hollywood from 1999 – 2012 and it’s currently open at Universal Studios Japan.

Which franchise is the best candidate for a new attraction at Universal Orlando?


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    I would love to see it be hhn house full time like it was always in the plans to be this be the second time that fell through ….. Transformers sits on the other site! I think this would have been nice w him next to it the store could have stayed the same etc. I overheard rumors about dragons replacing transformers w their latest buyout of DreamWorks… But they already had a dragons area show they could transfer and that’s more popular than pets! To many parents pets wasn’t children friendly as much as it’s marketed as!

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    I’m guessing it will either be a “Dark Universe” or “How to Train Your Dragon” themed attraction.

    Dark Universe is something Universal is banking heavily on…which hasn’t worked out so far with the new Mummy, but there’s more coming. And with multiple film installments in the franchise, they could take a cue from Disney and alter the 3D film every few years to incorporate elements of new films like Bride of Frankenstein, Creature From The Black Lagoon, etc, around their releases.

    How to Train Your Dragon has a much wider audience because young kids can go to, and the flying sequences are certainly action packed which fit the description and could be cool in 3D. The third film also has a 2019 release date.

    Doubt its Bourne though. Those films arent reliant on the types of CGI effects that they use to make a 3D attraction like pop. Assuming it stays a 3D film attraction, that it.

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    Mario B.

    When predicting a new attraction for a location, we must remember that it has to somewhat fit the area of the park that it’s in. If any of these mentioned franchises do make it to this area, It may most likely be Jason Bourne because it is in the real world and they would not have to change much of the interior and exterior, but to retheme it to a CIA office building.

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