It’s usually an “out of this world” experience for Guests young and old at Universal Studios in Florida.
Flying an actual bike to help E.T. save his home planet, Guests had noticed that during the pandemic one of the most exciting moments of the attraction was temporarily stopped.
Now, we can reveal that the Universal Orlando Resort is once again issuing interplanetary passports aboard E.T. Adventure!
With its nostalgic and interactive queue line, alongside a unique ride vehicle and its famous end-of-ride experience, E.T. Adventure has remained one of the Guests’ most popular dark rides at Universal Orlando.
E.T. Adventure was one of the first attractions built at Universal Orlando Resort over 31 years ago. Although many attractions have come and gone over the years, including Back to the Future: The Ride and Jaws, E.T. Adventure remains untouched and a fan favorite.
The 90s attraction allows Guests to enter the world of the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and visit E.T. at his home, all while flying on a bike.
As Universal writes on its blog, the attraction begins with an introductory video from Steven Spielberg explaining that E.T.’s home planet is in trouble:
Spielberg cuts right to the chase. Bottom line, E.T. needs your help. There’s a big problem on E.T.’s home world, the Green Planet, which, inconveniently enough, is three million light-years away. As if that wasn’t enough stress, E.T.’s friends are in danger because their planet is dying. Hold on, there’s more: only E.T.’s magic healing touch can save his friends and bring his planet back to health and only you canbring him back to his planet. No pressure, right?
These little beauties enable Universal to program E.T. to thank and say goodbye to each member of the ride vehicle at the end of the attraction.
Universal continues on its blog to explain:
Anyway, there’s one last stop before your bike returns to Earth. Remember those Adventure Passport cards? Thanks to some Universal Studios Florida magic, your bike passes right by E.T. who says goodbye. To you. By name. I’ve been riding this attraction for 31 years and it’s still pretty cool.
Once Guests have recovered from E.T. saying their name, they can enjoy the photo-op located in the gift shop after the ride, featuring E.T. as he wears a dress in the closet, just as many of us will remember from the 1982 movie starring Dee Wallace and Henry Thomas.
In a post on Twitter, Universal Orlando Resort confirmed the news
Passports are BACK at E.T. Adventure!!!
Passports are BACK at E.T. Adventure!!! 🌕 👽 🚲
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) December 6, 2021
These passports have created many fun and humorous memories for Guests over the years. I remember being at the Park in the 90s with my family, and my Aunt telling Spielberg’s assistants that her name was “Ann without the E”.
E.T. of course proceeded to tell her “Goodbye Ann without the E” at the end of the ride and it became one of our lasting memories of Universal Studios.
More on Universal’s E.T. Adventure
Universal Orlando’s official description of the ride reads:
E.T.’s home planet is dying and he needs your help to save it. Board your flying bike and take off on a thrilling (but gentle) ride through the sky. You’ll dodge bad guys and soar into the stars where his magical home awaits, filled with wondrous otherworldly creatures
What do you think of Universal’s E.T. Adventure? Is it one of your favorite attractions at the Resort?