Universal May Have Removed a Beloved Scent from a Classic Ride

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Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, is home to many fantastic rides and attractions. Many would even consider the Resort’s two most recent rides, Jurassic World VelociCoaster and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, to be some of the best roller coasters in the country.

One of the few remaining original attractions in Universal Studios Florida is the E.T. Adventure Ride, located in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone. The ride gives Guests a chance to transport E.T. from our planet here on Earth to the Green Planet, where he is able to use his magic touch to save the dying world and all of his friends.

Boy's foot crushed on Universal Studio's E.T. ride, seeking $15,000 in damages
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E.T. is one of just a few remaining Universal Picture originals in the Parks, with Back to the Future (1985) and Jaws (1975) gone. Jurrasic Park (1993) and Jurassic World (2015) are represented next door in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Even though this attraction features animatronics, incredible theming, and a fun ride experience, one of the things Guests and fans have come to love most is the smell. Yes, the smell.

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Much like how Disney Park fans feel about the water in Pirates of the Caribbean or Splash Mountain, Universal Guests love the smell inside the E.T. Adventure attraction.

However, this feature has reportedly been toned down or removed entirely, as discussed in a tweet from Universally Addicted:

We visited Universal Studios Orlando recently, and we ourselves noticed a distinct lack of an “E.T.” smell. We can’t say for sure what happened, but we hope the scent isn’t gone for good!

Universal Orlando Resort’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.

What’s your favorite theme park smell?

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