E.T. Computers Missing
The computers at the beginning of E.T. where they take your name for E.T. to say at the end are missing. All that is left there are some desks with holes where the wires used to go up to the computers. Because of this E.T. no longer can say the names at the end of the ride. Anybody know why they are gone completely?
I've read that they were having problems with the outdated software. So, the names have been absent for about two months. New software is coming, but no date has been made public yet. And, more of the new popular names will be available to the programmers.
Ok. Thanks Rob.
I have to write a part 2 to my trip report... I have a list of all the things I noticed on a ride by ride basis. E.T. was one of them. I like the fact that you just go right to the line now.
If it's been down for 2 months, that could be an indication of ET closing soon.
I think it could be interesting if Universal handed out a card in the area of the old computers and put touchscreen computers that you type the name and swipe the card to register the name and then hand the card in when you get to the ride vehicle instead if bringing back someone typing it into a computer for you.
That would probably slow up the line too much.
The cast members always messed up every time I rode E.T. because they swiped my card at the loading area and then took me to a vehicle that was not wheelchair accessible. Then I had to wait for the accessible one, and in the meantime E.T. was saying my name to another person. Needless to say that when it was my turn he didn't say Daniel.
Nice, N B!
Touring Plans just tweeted that the new ET computers will be installed soon, with many more names available.
Yep I saw. Thanks Rob.
well I guess the good news is for E.T lovers is if they are updating the software then that means E.T isn't going anywhere for now.
ET is honestly a solid attraction. The queue and first half of the ride are excellent. The acid trip second half needs to be reimagined. I wouldn't mind seeing it stay. It's a change of pace compared to the thrill ride heavy park it resides.
Hee, hee, Court -- the acid trip part of the ride is actually my favorite :-).
Me too on the acid trip. Love that part of the attraction. But the queue, and its terrific scent, make the attraction.
Oh I'm sure people love it, Ashley and I thought it was hilarious... In a "WTF was that?" sort of way. The second half distracts and doesn't blend well with the truly immersive queue/first half of the ride, nor does it use it's source material very well. I honestly feel that second half is what keeps the ride from truly being great as the story falls apart and the audience is not left "wowed."
Let's not forget how good the ride smells.
Quick update on the computers, as of 2
Oh no, are they totally getting rid o f E.T.? This is one of my favorite rides. This one, and Back to the Future were two of my first rides at Universal, and they were also my favorites. I'm all for upgrades too but I'm gonna miss E.T.
Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that Fear Factor, E.T., Twister and T2-3D will all be closed within 3 years.
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