Jaws ride closing forever at Universal Orlando
It’s official! The
Universal Studios Florida
is closing. Universal Orlando announced to its
fans this morning that Jaws will officially close on January 2, 2012.
Now, the question is left, what could be put in the space that Jaws currently occupies? What new ride? Maybe
Transformers? And with a new ride coming, what would the area around it be re-themed to?
I asked Thierry Coup of Universal Creative if Transformers would come to Orlando, and said no - it's too similar to the Spider-Man experience (though I think it's better). I also asked him what was next in Orlando - before I knew about the
I hope it is a an area themed to a UNIVERSAL movie. No Transformers, and please leave the Wizarding World where it belongs, at IoA. I don't want Diagon Alley (as rumors have it) right next to New York.
My favorite silly rumor, so far? In effort to boost attendance, Universal closes Jaws to bring Harry Potter to Universal Studios Florida, too. :^)
It will most likely be Family Guy. You ask me why? Well, it has several JAWS references.
Robert - "before I knew about the Spider-Man closure"
Fixed. Sorry. Hey, it's like 4 am here. :^)
I am so saddened by this news. Was hoping for my son to ride for the first time in October 2012. I love the Jaws ride. It was and still is one of the best movies ever made and Universal Orlando should try to retain some of the nostalgia of the classics. First Kong, now this. They should at least give more notice if a classic ride will close as I would have planned to holiday earlier in order to ride one last time. It's not easy just popping over from the UK.
Dude... brutal. This is my favorite ride at the park. I'm all for new ideas, but Universal better have something incredible up their sleeves to replace this icon.
The Jaws ride was the reason i wanted to go to universal for the very first time years ago.I wish Universal had given Jaws the send off it deserved and had a year of events to send the old girl off instead of a month.This would have given people time to maybe come to Universal and ride it for one last time or maybe the first time.A sad day
They really should have announced the new attraction when they let this out. Maybe some of the nerd-rage would be reduced if we at least knew what the master plan was. Until that info comes out (and it BETTER be good), I'll be over here nerd-raging. I also wish they had given more notice, since it's almost impossible for me to swing down there for a last ride before it's gone.
I love Jaws! But what to replace it with, that seems like a challenge... how about a popular video game franchise? I'm thinking Zelda or Mario. Disney better not take the rights to those!
I agree with Jorge. I want either Nintendo or Fox Animation Domination in here.
first Kongfrontation now Jaws, what is the world coming too :(
What a bad idea. It is a nice and iconic ride. The only version left will be in USH which is cheap. I just hope Universal comes with something so good that it will make me forget Jaws. Otherwise, it will be like changing a great ride like Back to the Future for a so-so ride like the Simpsons.
I would hope that they replace it with Jaws in an all new and updated form. Not 3D or anything like that, but something truly terrifying. Something unpredictable. As much as I hate how scared people get about sharks, spiders, and snakes, I would love to see a ride with truly terrifying effects that are randomized with these animals. No two rides are the same etc.
All I can say is truly sad. Its a classic and Amity is a famtastic area. I'll trust Universal to wow us, but I'm really saddened by this. Now I'm afraid for E.T.
Why Universal has to close down every single classic ride ?! It's impossible that the public dosen't care about them anymore. What's the fun in an Universal without Jaws, Kongfrontation, Back To The Future: The Ride and soon E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial ?! Man, I still remember the first time I went to those rides, and everytime I come down to Florida I want the thrill of those attractions. Sad to know that every year a part of my childhood goes away to a new and technologic ride. What's wrong with people interaction ?!
I wouldn't be afraid. Spielburg banned Universal from closing Florida's version, remember?
I can't imagine Universal without Jaws, but I am sure Universal has something good planned.
If they were going to expand Harry Potter here (no chance), they could recreate Muggle London with the Dursley house and the train station.
We always liked this ride and I'm so glad we will get to experience it in two weeks when we travel there. I'm sure they will come up with something fantastic in its place.
Why is everyone so quick to poo-poo the idea of it being a second Potter area in the Studio park? It makes a ton of sense from a business standpoint since it will encourage people to spend more money on a multi-park pass instead of just visiting Islands as a one day diversion from their Disney vacation.
I love jaws. I am sure whatever replaces it will be a rough ride or a coaster or simulator. Not interested in that. I am so down, jaws was one of my favorites. Jaws gone. Really Universal? Really!
The most obvious and likely replacement for "Jaws" is "Transformers." I'm not necessarily happy about that because I'm not a "Transformers" fan, but I'm sure the ride is fun anyway. I wasn't a fan of Steven Sommers "Mummy" movies either, but I loved the ride. I would think Harry Potter would stay and expand in IOA, and I think Marvel Hero Island is will likely close for Harry Potter's expansion in the not too distant future.
I'll miss Jaws like a lot of people. Universal will be real busy with the Harry Potter attraction(s) at USH and Transformers, and in Florida with Despicable Me and now this new mystery attraction. It's a large chunk of real estate so something large can go in its place.
Looking at Google Maps, Jaws and Harry Potter are not that close to each other. A train would cut right thru the middle of the backlot area.
What a shame! It looks like Universal is getting rid of its heritage attractions for only current properties. But does anyone think that Transformers or Despicable Me will hold up to the test of time like ET, King Kong or Jaws? Or even Back to the Future? Those were all classics that generations have seen and will continue to view. Jaws in particular is an important milestone in film history heralding the beginning of the summer blockbuster concept. And it's also a great ride with a fun story and interaction with the skipper. I'm very sad to hear this ride is going away when there are others that could go and not be missed.
They're definitely up to something bigger than just Transformers... they could have fit it's show building in T2 or the old Hard Rock Cafe.
If I was a betting man, and I am, I'd bet Jaws will be replaced with more Harry Potter and I'll bet that it will be the same attraction that USH will build in the future. I would also bet that it will be connected to Hogsmeade in IOA with some sort of transport. I don't want to lose any more money so I won't bet on what type of transport or what part of the Potterverse the attraction would be based on, but I'm betting money the attraction will be "wizardly" based.
Now that I've gotten over my nerd rage (thank goodness for unfiltered forums elsewhere), I think I can look at this with a little more balance.
Wow. I really need to lay off the caffeine.
The Jaws ride was the ride I most wanted to ride at Universal (I've never been) so it is kind of sad to me that it is going. It makes me want to go to Universal less. Hopefully they come out with something awesome to replace it with.
the reasons I don't buy the Jaws being replace by Potter:
Someone at Universal likes Twister.
Seriously they close an iconic ride like Jaws, which is one of the things that made Universal Studios, and they continue to keep Twister open???
This will have to compete with Avatar at Animal Kingdom. It has to be hugh maybe something very secretive. Harry Potter Vs Fantasyland. Avatar Vs What. Star Trek, Fast and Furious. It's a mystery.
The rumor mill from USF employees is that Jaws WILL be replaced with Harry Potter (along with Sinbad). They all believe that a transport system will connect the two parks (Hogwarts express), and that guests will need a multi-park ticket in order to visit both sections.
Well I'll go ahead and tag on the extra part of the rumor - Diagon Alley in Studios, with a Gringott's bank vault coaster style ride as the e-ticket.
I could see hp taking over the hard rock the margtritaville and all that stuff they could pit something really cool between that o
why would they replace jaws ride is the only classic ride left why could they replace et ride
SOS - Save Our Shark!!!
I think its too bad that USO is closing yet another iconic ride. I know it was a bit unreliable, but it was still a pretty good ride.
Screamscape seems to have my back on the Potter rumors. I guess I need to send Lance a Christmas card this year.
Please, close Terminator! Put something better there! They did also tear down the original Hard Rock Cafe building a few weeks ago, so there's lots of room there now. From what I can tell, it backs up to the kids area at USF and some of the sounds stages. Hopefully good new things are coming!
SO unhappy that they are getting rid of Jaws!!!! I love Jaws. Scared the crap out of me as a kid, and i have been fascinated ever since. From the first time I was able to go to a US, the only thing I had really wanted to see was the Jaws ride.
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