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Robert Niles
Editor

Universal Hollywood confirms last day for Back to the Future ride

Published: July 23, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the final day of operation for its Back to the Future ride: Sept. 3, Labor Day in the U.S.

The ride will be replaced by the new Simpsons ride, which will open in Spring 2008.

The park also will be giving away a 1981 DeLorean as pat of the festivites on Labor Day to close the ride. Visitors can enter the drawing for the car at kiosks in the park.

Replies (7)

Bradley Robertson

Published: July 24, 2007 at 7:51 AM

While the DeLorean giveaway was news to me, park employees told me this when I visited in May. So since I live in KS I rode it twice since I knew it would my last time. One of the best rides ever in Universal IMHO.
Mike West

Published: July 24, 2007 at 1:21 PM

Well, as a true Simpson's fan, how can I protest(unless it is going to be one of those horrible 3d attractions where you smell the electronics from the moving seats(AKA Spongebob & others)).
Unfortunately, it will be a refit of the BTTF attraction instead of something totally new.

It's sad to see it go. I think this was the first step away from the backlot tour wasn't it?
As we all know, anything with tomorrow or future in its' theme is bound to have a limited shelflife.
(I missed those bionics shows on the backlot tour years ago too).
At this point, most would probably ask "What's a delorean?"
anyway.

Chris Howard

Published: July 24, 2007 at 1:27 PM

I know I'm not going to miss the ride. I always got a headache on it as it slammed my head into the headrest behind me. My husband flat refused to ride it after we sat in the back one time and he ended up with a bump on the back of his head.
And I can't wait to see the Simpson's ride. Hopefully it's not the same sort of thing.
Now... they just need to get rid of ET!
Cynthia Damiano

Published: July 24, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Sorry to see any ride shut down, but... my neck has never recovered from the rides I took on it many years ago. Can't imagine what the ride is like now that it's on it's last legs... :-|
The problem was that there were no neck supports for such a violent ride and if you sat in back your head slammed against the back wall...not my idea of fun...(Indiana Jones is a contender for this type of abuse! and don't get me started about Mulholland Madness at Disney's California Adventure!!)
I love a nice smooth rollercoaster with drops and spins and whirling everywhich way...but only with neck and back supports!

PS I'm an old lady of 56 and 3/4 years of age... :-0

The Delorean giveaway? Of course, I'll be there!! :-)

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: July 24, 2007 at 11:55 PM

Chris, they did get rid of ET at USH. That's where Mummy is now.
Rob P

Published: July 25, 2007 at 2:08 AM

Personally I liked BTTF.

What they could have done is simply update and refurb the existing ride. Other than that I think the franchise is still valid. Perennial holiday re-runs of the movies pay testament to that.

I'm a Simpsons fan but my vote would have been to keep BTTF.

If those movies aren't future proof then what are ?

Peter Rowe

Published: July 25, 2007 at 11:47 AM

Colin Chapman, were he around, would shiver at the very thought of such a prize.

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