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2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Universal Studios Florida's Men in Black Alien Attack

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Published: January 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Do you know when to hit the red button? Do you know where to find Frank the Pug? Do you have "the suit"?

Answer "yes" to these questions and you can ride with us on Universal Studios Florida's Men in Black Alien Attack, which steps into today's attraction spotlight as the 11th seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket joins of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament.

Universal Creative's shoot-'em-up debuted in 2000, based on the hit films starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. You ride with five other shooters in your car, competing with each of them as all six of you, as a team, compete with another car on the dual track. Guns in hand, you try to zap aliens attacking the city to earn "the suit" that will make you one of the Men in Black.

Otherwise, you're gonna face the Neuralizer and forget the whole thing.

You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about Men in Black Alien Attack and its development from our interview last year with ride creative director Dave Cobb. Dave offers some great scoring tips, too:

Most importantly, stay on one target at a time. If you hit something, hit it again. And again. In quick succession. In fact, stay on a single target and hit it as many times as you can before you have to move to another one. Don't waste time targeting when you could be shooting and scoring.

Properly executed, a shoot-'em-up becomes an immersive, 3D video game, one that sucks visitors into wanting to ride again, and again, and again. For many Theme Park Insider readers, Men in Black Alien Attack delivers exactly that experience, which is why they've voted it into the tournament this year by their ratings.

But can the Men in Black shoot their way into the second round? We'll find out when the tournament gets under way in March. In the meantime, let's hear your thoughts about Universal Studios Florida's Men in Black Alien Attack, in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on January 19, 2010 at 7:01 PM
SHHHHH TH! SHHHHHHH
From James Rao on January 19, 2010 at 7:06 PM
I'll say this, about that: at least the attraction is better than the movie upon which it is based. <3
From TH Creative on January 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM
My therapist has advised me not to take the bait.

Calm blue ocean. Calm blue ocean. Calm blue ocean.

From Anthony Murphy on January 19, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Yeah, I will agree. Its a pretty sweet ride, but I don't like that you can lose. Give me the happy ending of a Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

Speaking of that, I think this and Buzz are two different kind of animals. Buzz is supposed to look silly and, yes, toyish. MIB is supposed to be "Real"

From Joshua Counsil on January 19, 2010 at 9:22 PM
This is a much better attraction than Buzz. It's faster, allows for more control, and has a better payoff. My only complaints reside with Universal's damn locker system (Really? You won't allow my friend to wear a fanny pack on a shoot-em-up?) and that the ride is never open when the park opens (Really? This, Jaws, The Simpsons, and Rip, Ride, Rockit are closed?).

For that, it only gets an 8-Commendable.

From Sylvain Comeau on January 19, 2010 at 9:36 PM
MIB is a terrific attraction. Very immersive and full of surprises.
From Manny Barron on January 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM
MIB is good. Is it better than Kilimanjaro Safaris which is ranked lower? NO. The interactivity of the ride is fun but it really doesn't have that great of a chance of pulling the upset.
From Rob P on January 20, 2010 at 3:14 AM
I only have only 3 things to say about MIB Alien Attack :

Fun , Fun , Fun and Fun.

OK . I have four things to say about it.

That's Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun and Fun.

FIVE things.................

Oh and the films were pretty good too imho.

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