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'Back to the Future': Plans go back to the cutting room?

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Published: January 6, 2007 at 11:49 PM

Ah ha, I have some important information regarding the closure of Back to the Future at Universal Orlando.

After discussion with a Universal Studios Florida engineer (Will remain nameless) it has been made clear to me that the Simpsons Rumor is a diversion, apparently often used when a ride is to close.

The replacement for the ride, date of full closure not yet decided, is one of two things.

The first and least likely, is a BattleStar Gallactica ride. Although no details are available, it seems a viable option as the long running TV show is still current and still on Unversals "USA" channel.

The second option which I'd guess would be more popular, is what we'd all suggested, a major re-work of the current ride. All current equipment would be removed and the ride would be completely re-made, although keeping with the current style.

This of course is common among popular rides. Shrek will soon go through a change as a new film is due for release and the current 4D film is now dated (Go figure T2:3D)..

So would you accept an updated version of the ride with (If they can pull it off) aged charactors, or old footage???

[Previous: It's now official: 'Back to the Future' will be part of the past]

Readers' Opinions

From Erik Yates on January 7, 2007 at 6:41 AM
Take this rumor with a grain of salt. I dont put it past NBC to pimp out one of its own properties in order to save money instead of paying out for another studios movie though. Though I do think that Doc Brown is still in good enough shape to pull off another adventure.
From Mark Freedman on January 7, 2007 at 6:58 PM
If they're going to do a complete make-over of the ride, maybe a modern remake of the original 1985 movie itself is under consideration. Let's see - we can have the 2007 version of Michael Fox go back to the 1970's polyester era to inspire the Bee Gees and John Travolta. The movie's theme song could be "Shake Your Booty" from KC and the Sunshine Band.
From steve lee on January 7, 2007 at 6:59 PM
I am SO down with a Galactica ride, though I don't think the new version has a large enough viewership to warrant an attraction (unless they figure out a way where they can retheme it after a few years if it just doesn't work out)
From Eric Malone on January 8, 2007 at 3:53 AM
I've loved the Back to the Future ride. Heck, I grew up with that ride. Sure, it's rough. Sure, it's dated. But if millions of people still watch the movies, why tear it out and replace it with *snort* Battlestar Galactica. BG is dated and, in my opinion, not worth replacing BTTF with. My guess is that they'll overhaul it. A new movie would be great. Imagine the kinds of things they could pull off with todays technology? Look at Spidey over at IOA! An updated BTTF ride would knock my socks off.
From steve lee on January 8, 2007 at 10:12 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the rumor is with the NEW Battlestar Galactica on SciFi, not the old Lorne Greene version. You may want to check on that snort. Something might be wedged in there.
From Wilfredo Alvelo on January 8, 2007 at 8:49 PM
Two months ago, I wrote a four page letter pleading Universal CEO Bob Gault to reconsider closing a ride that was an essential part of my (and a lot of other) childhood theme park experiences. I will take this with a grain of salt, but feel that those that made the efforts to be heard have won out, hopefully. A restructuring of the ride is better than no ride at all. One can only hope that this rumor holds true. BTTF would be enormously better than Battlestar and the fan fare that a simulated Simpsons ride would bring. Let's hope the "Future" does not become "part of the past."
From Themepark Guy on January 9, 2007 at 3:13 PM
Did it ever close or not? I remember back a years ago that the building wasn't holding up very well....the vibration of the ride was literally shaking the foundations. I'd like to see new content. BG would be cool but, in my opinion, un-marketable to the numbers needed to make it successful-then the high tech, high operational cost attraction turns into a "hey let's ride that, the line is short" rather than "I HAVE to go ride that ride"

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