Theme park wayback machine: Universal Studios Florida brochure from 1990
Written by Robert Niles
Let's fire up the wayback machine, set your time circuits, and get on the bus with Ms. Frizzle. It's time to take a theme park trip into the past.Tweet
How about we set our sights 22 years in the past, and pay a visit to the corner of Kirkman Road and Major Boulevard in Orlando, Florida? A new theme park just opened up in Central Florida, and we're among the first to go in.
Here's a copy of the park brochure we can pick up at the front gate. This guide map is a tri-fold: The front cover is the right third and the back cover is the middle third. The left third appears when you open the map. (Click on each of the images for larger versions.)
Unfold that page and you can see the full park map inside. Count the number of attractions!
That's right. On this particular "sneak preview" soft-open day in May 1990, Universal Studios Florida offered just three attractions - the Animal Actors show, the Horror Make-up Show, and the Murder, She Wrote post-production show. You can find the day's showtimes on this handy insert:
Note the last paragraph. That was the "studio tour," a guided walk-through the empty soundstages that would eventually become the Florida home to Nickelodeon Studios, and eventually make way for the Blue Man Group's theater.
Hope you had fun on your day at Universal Studios Florida. No matter whether you did or not through, no worries - because every day you visit all this summer the park will give you a free one-day ticket to come back another day, when more rides are operating.
How good a deal is that?
Got some old theme park goodies you'd like to show off? Send a scan to Theme Park Insider editor Robert Niles, and we'll feature it on the site.
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