Universal Fans Feel “Handcuffed” By Longstanding Attraction

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A longstanding attraction at Universal Orlando Resort is being questioned by many fans.

Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990 and, fast-forward 32 years later, there are only two original attractions remaining from those that were available on opening day: The Monster Horror Makeup Show and E.T. Adventure Ride.

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While E.T. Adventure Ride is beloved by many, it seems that there are some Guests who believe the attraction has seen its better days. However, moving on from the iconic ride is much more complex than what one might think.

“It’s ridiculous that we are being handcuffed and threatened with E.T.,” User U/MovieFanZ5026 said in a recent Reddit thread. “I feel like ET has run its course. I think it’s kind of stupid that we have to be handcuffed to that attraction. I also don’t like that we’re being threatened with losing out on Jurassic park area and the new Velocicoaster because of one attraction that is the only one left from opening day. Look at Shrek. Shrek was there 18 years and eventually it was time to move on.” 

Of course, the user is talking about the deal signed between Universal and renowned movie producer and director Steven Spielberg. As part of Spielberg’s agreement, he remains on as a consultant with Universal as long as the E.T. Adventure Ride remains intact. If that ride is removed, the contract is voided.

E.T. Adventure Ride
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There are some who believe removing E.T. Adventure could also lead to a massive overhaul of Jurassic Park because of Spielberg’s tie to the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises, as the user points out, however, that has not been confirmed and is most likely not the case.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was made 40 years ago and there are many who believe the movie has lost its appeal because a large percentage of the younger generations have not seen the film.

“Sadly it’s terrible and has to go. My kids ages range from 29 to 19 and they were laughing at how bad it is,” User U/Undiecover22 said. 

e.t. the extra terrestrial
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At this point, there is no plan to close E.T. Adventure Ride. Universal recently made slight refurbishments to an area on the attraction, but no closures are planned for the near future.

Universal’s official description of E.T. Adventure Ride reads:

Fly With E.T. to His Home Planet.

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.

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More On Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is home to many thrilling and epic attractions that you won’t want to miss. You can experience Hogsmeade, which includes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, and The Flight of the Hippogriff, as well as Jurassic Park River Adventure, the all-new Jurassic World: Velocicoaster, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and much more at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Then, don’t forget about all the amazing attractions like Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, The Simpson’s Ride, E.T. Adventure Ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s, MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack, Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt, and much more all next door at Universal Studios Florida. Also in major Universal Parks News, Epic Universe— the largest Universal Park in the world— is currently under construction and is set to be finished by 2025.

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If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies! And, who could forget about the Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’! Universal is also in the midst of building its biggest theme park ever, the Epic Universe, which is set to open in 2025. Or, how about a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the movies?

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