Universal closes Earthquake; 'Disaster' replacement to open in December
It looks like the Earthquake attraction at Universal Studios Florida
, which already has lost much of its theming to the 1970s disaster flick, will lose that theming entirely.
Universal announced that today was the last day for the attraction, which opened with the park in 1990. The attraction had already had a middle show section cut and will now get a more complete make-over, as well as a new name.
The rehabbed ride will reopen in December with the new name "Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride . . . Starring You." In its press releasem Universal said the ride "will offer guests an all-new experience that combines the best, most dramatic elements of Earthquake with new blockbuster celebrity talent, new ride elements, new digital technologies, interactive components and a new storyline."
No specific opening date or ride specs yet.
Darn it Robert, you beat me to it...i just submitted this story to you like an hour ago. You did do a better job than me of course. Oh well....I personally think its a good move from Universal. I cant even remember the last time i got on that ride, and I go to Univeral a lot. Cant wait to see what they do with it.
Is it just me, or does this sound like new preshows with the same ride?
Well I knew something was happening, I did say.
"Earthquake" really only works at USH, disguising the ride as a "hot set". I went on the USF version back in 2001 and thought it was a complete disaster. (Pun intended)
Heck - even a slight revamp could be fun. I always thought it was enjoyable seeing everything come crashing down from the tram. The three times I've ridden it I was always chosen to "man the sub" in the pre-show. It will be nice to see something new - even if it's only slightly changed.
Ah, I pulled the cord to make the Pillar collapse in the old show, 9 years ago on my honeymoon.
I was at the park the past two days, and all the cast members would say was that the attraction was undergoing seasonal rehab. Considering that two other "big" attractions are down right now (Back to the Future/Simpsons and Fear Factor Live), they really need to get this attraction back up before the busy holiday crowds decend on the parks next month. It does sound like they're just going to change the opening room and perhaps pub one of their recent disaster movies (Poseidon come to mind). BTW, the building does still say "Earthquake" on the front, but obviously some gold letters can be changed pretty easily.
Finally! I figured this place might get closed eventually, but not before Twister. No problem. I'm looking forward to seeing the new ride!
OMG, you beat screamscape.
I have to say that we liked the original " Earthquake " but agree that a makeover is long overdue.
Well, there's our answer to what's next on the chopping block. Even thought technically it sound like almost the exact same ride.
Honestly, I've often wondered why parks do not do this more often. A large part of the appeal of *theme* park attractions lies in their thematic connection to an entertainment property that engages the audience. (Movies, TV shows, music, books, etc.) When themes get stale (such as the movie Earthquake), why not change the ride to a different storyline?
Now that this is all mentioned, on october 4th, i road it at halloween horror nights, and i noticed that the big tanker/Truck did not come at all, i wonder what that might be about, I asked one of the employees and he said they had issues with it, I tried to get him to tell me about the show but he wouldnt budge....
It dropped everytime I went there though HHN. It must've just had a tech prob when you went.
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