It's now official: 'Back to the Future' will be part of the past
Who had Sept. 6 in the BTTF death pool?
If you did, you're a winner, as Universal Orlando confirmed yesterday the badly-kept "secret" that Marty McFly & Co. will be flying into oblivion when Universal Studios Florida closes its Back to the Future ride to make room for a new attraction.
BTTF opened shortly after the park did in 1990, but, like the film it is based upon, the ride has lost the public's interest over the years. Fans have clamored for a replacement, either based on the Fast & the Furious movies (why? won't those be as dated as BTTF by, oh, say, next summer?), Battlestar Galactica (yes!) or some other theme that would fit an indoor coaster, interactive shoot-'em-up or some other ride system more exciting than '80s-era flight simulators.
Personally, I think people are forgetting the obvious synergy from Universal's parents at NBC. Hey, couldn't USF cram a pretty big "Deal or No Deal" stage into that building? (Okay, I'm kidding. ...I think.)
I'll be honest when I say BTTF was overdue for replacement. However, it was one of the great rides of its time and it will be missed. Thanks for the memories.
Its not dead yet. They are still keeping it open for Rock The Universe. October 1st is the official closing day. Lets just hope they get this right and just dont replace the movie or make it another simulator.
I always thought this attraction was a classic!
Back to the Future IS a classic, without question!
Love to hear your take on what a Battlestar Galactica ride would be, Robert. Personally, unless Universal can do a photo perfect animatronic of Number 6, I'm not sure it's worth it (it doesn't help that the show, while really frakking good, isn't THAT popular outside the geek community).
I hope they make a whole new ride (not another motion-simulator)--- I like the idea of an
We were at Universal in April and had a wonderful time. I'm glad we had the opportunity to see BTTF before it closed. It was one of the better simulator rides we have been on, with Star Tours at WDW probably being the best. BTTF was probably the second best we've experienced. That being said, it still was a simulator and once you've done one, you've pretty much done them all. It's good to see that Universal is trying to update some of its rides at USF. Many of those attractions are based on movies that are 20-30 years old. Earthquake was so outdated that we were laughing at the end of it. Jaws was a major disappointment. These were cutting edge rides 20-30 years ago. Although classics, their time has passed and the park needs to move forward. It is good to see Mummy and Shrek being added in recent years. We rode Mummy 4 times in a row and never grew tired of the special effects. We enjoyed our day in USF however probably won't return until it updates its attractions. How about an indoor coaster similar to Mummy based on Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong? If Jackson can update the classic 1930's Kong movie and make it a hit, why can't USF come up with a remake of the ride? It could use special effects based on Kong's lost world similar to the Mummy ride. We loved our day at USF but I don't think we'll be back until it updates some of its attractions into the 21st century. The same could be said for WDW.
Interesting, Screamscape is reporting rumors that BttF will be replaced with a Simpsons ride, in time for the Simpsons Movie.
Although I'm sad to see it go, it doesn't come as a surprise to anyone.
BTTF is definitely a classic ride. Why there has been a "dwindling interest" in it is not exactly clear.
Yeah, improve it, dont change it! This movie is still widely popular after 20 or so years!
IM glad its going. Last time i was on it it was making me hit my head on the side every few minutes and there was a big hole in the screen which just looked stupid. Something new please! - Battlestar Galactica???????????
It has been confirmed by insiders, but not officially from Universal. The reason for the shutdown is the cost, the age of the screen and the cost of replacing it, and the building itself. It really is shaking apart,the base has been spreading about an inch a year for about the past 9 years.
This (is) was my daughter’s favorite ride. I also enjoyed it. We loved being chased by Dinosaur. I will miss it. I just hope the replacement will be as good.
This past July, I took my now seven year old grandson on BTTF for his first ride. He loved it and wanted to go right back on it again. I said no, after being bounced on it one to many times from past trips to the future. It is or was a rough ride, especially in the back. I'm sorry now, that I didn't take him on a second time, because his first ride will now be his last one. With a new generation just getting to know and like the ride, it's a shame to get rid of it. Why not refurbish it or better still,use today's technology to upgrade it and bring it into the 21st century, where it should be.
75 minute wait time for this today! Not bad for out of season!
Feh. Farewell to it and good riddance. Now, let's build something more up-to-date, eh, Universal?
Good ride quite dated now.I bet my last pound that the studios create something out of this word it needs to because you know disney will.
Those are some really interesting points Greg and I do not think you are alone but with some caveats. Universal is based on pop culture - what is famous and exciting for the present. Therefore, it will be wildly popular when it comes out but then die off quickly. This is the trend that Universal struggles with. But rides that are based on core values or cultural ideals last longer. For example, Pirates of the Carribean, It's a Small World, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, etc. All are old classics that tap into deep cultural ideals that span throughout every generation.
My wife wishes I was a pirate...
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