Final 'Back to the Future' Ride to Close in May
Universal Studios Japan announced today that it will close its Back to the Future ride - Universal's last remaining installation of the attraction - in May.
The final day will be May 31. Universal previously closed its other two installations of Back to the Future - at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood - to convert the attractions into The Simpsons Ride. That won't be happening in Japan, and the company has not yet announced what will replace Back to the Future in the Osaka park.
Back to the Future: The Ride put visitors into DeLorean time machines that "flew" in front a giant IMAX-style screen on an adventure that sent them through time in pursuit of series bad guy Biff Tannen. Set in Doc Brown's Institute of Future Technology, Biff had made off with one of the DeLoreans, but not before locking away Doc and his staff. That left only us, the institute's visitors, free to hop in the remaining time machines to go after Biff.
Last year was the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future film, and last October was the date "in the future" that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in the 1989 sequel. Since that date played a role in Back to the Future: The Ride, too, that left the attraction in the ironic position over the past few months of sending visitors into the future... to a date in the past.
Here is the park's announcement, in Japanese. The park will be running a "Back to the Future · The Ride Goodbye Campaign" in the weeks leading up the closure. And the ride's sponsor, Japan Airlines, will move over to sponsor The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride starting in June.
What will replace Back to the Future? Will it be part of the new Nintendo land that the Universal is developing? A new Minion Mayhem? Diagon Alley? Something else? Until there's an official word from the park... fans can speculate all they want.
My money's on Despicable Me, especially since the Minions were featured more prominently in the 15th anniversary poster than Harry Potter.
One of the greatest films EVER and I never got to experience the attraction at any of the parks! :(
I've heard rumors about Despicable Me coming to Japan, but I feel like Nintendo is the more likely bet, considering its headquartered in Japan and they just announced the land recently
The Simpsons ride need to be fixed. The motion was too strong for a perceived kids ride. They should give you a choice of a gentle ride. Back To The Future is a classic, but it should be re-editted and remastered without the date references.
The view from the back row of the car in the Simpsons ride is just awful - they need to raise it. Visuals looking out of date as well.
This is huge news for me! Back to the Future is my favorite ride ever and I was hoping to ride the Universal Japan version before they closed it. Seems like I'm going to miss the opportunity.
I always wanted to do it but never got the chance. I missed at in Florida by a few months.
I haven't rode BTTF since I was really little. I still have little fragments of physical memories from the ride, the most vivid one is the part where you fly into the dinosaur's mouth.
I went to USJ for this ride and I was quite disappointed :(
I had a feeling this was coming. I was lucky enough to be in Osaka last month so went to USJ. This ride (at least the Florida version) holds so many memories of my childhood vacations I was genuinely emotional riding it again. I'm so glad I got to go on it one last time before it closed.
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