Which Rides Are Closing At Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal Studios Hollywood: Rumors At Universal Studios Hollywood.
From Sheldon GelThere been alot of rumors flouting around on the web of about closing certain rides at universal studios hollywood (U.S.H.) such as Waterworld, Terminator. So tell if you know any more rumors or truths.
Posted January 12, 2009 at 9:48 PM
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Rob PNeither of the two you mentioned warrant being on the short list for the chop.
Posted January 13, 2009 at 3:59 AM
Waterworld is right up there with the very best shows.......if not THE best of it's type. They'd be mad to consider it's removal. The packed theatre is surely a testament to it's popularity.
There are possibly one or two ageing attractions that need attention but not WW or Terminator surely.
From Nick MarkhamThis isn't a rumor, but Fear Factor Live is turning into the Creature of the Black Lagoon.
Posted January 13, 2009 at 7:30 AM
But I did here a rumor on Screamscape about the new Transformers ride going into part of Backdraft, as in the description of the ride, it would need a fire capable room to be put into. My guess is they will add a building onto Backdraft for Transformers The Ride, and then will take Backdraft out.
From Raul AraozHere are the current rumors that I am aware of.
Posted January 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM
Waterworld is not going anywhere but will have a scheduled rehab. I agree with Rob that it is the best stunt show out there.
Terminator was a rumored place for the Transformers ride until they decided on the Backdraft spot. There may be small updates to the attraction to coincide with the release of the new film.
Transformers will indeed takeover the Backdraft building as well as the soundstages next to it where the sound effects shows use to be.
Lastly, the burned down King Kong building on the backlot will be rebuilt to house a new King Kong ride-through based on the recent Peter Jackson version. The tram will represent Naomi Watt's character as a King Kong robot and a T-Rex robot fight on either side.
From Rob PI hope that Raul is right about getting a new King Kong ride-through. I always thought that Orlando took a wrong turn by removing it. ( That's not to say that I don't like it's replacement...Mummy is great ! ).
Posted January 14, 2009 at 2:53 AM
Backdraft is looking a bit tired and would be my pick to go to create space for something new. Although I have to admit to being nostalgic by nature and I would keep everything if I could. But you can't if you want progress.
From M. Ryan TraylorThere will be no King-Kong replacement. The previous King-Kong attraction was constantly being "temporarily closed" due to productions filming in that area of the backlot. Having worked on the backlot and dealing with the issue that "trams have the right-of-way" I'm glad that Kong is not being rebuilt because it would turn my 13 hr work day into 15.
Posted January 15, 2009 at 1:57 AM
From Rob PWith respect M Ryan........isn't the Park supposed to be all about the customers' enjoyment and not the employees' terms and conditions ?
Posted January 15, 2009 at 3:59 AM
I say bring back Kong and let the workers bring their issues up at the next staff meeting.( lol )
From Joseph StaconisFor the sake of the tram ride at USH I hope they do replace King Kong not with a other King Kong though
Posted January 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM
The tram needs something when I saw the thing with the dancing cars on the tram tour I thought you must be kidding
From Raul AraozAccording to Screamscape, the return of the King Kong ride-through is still a possibility for 2011.
Posted February 5, 2009 at 9:56 AM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Stories from a Theme Park Insider
What's it like to work in a theme park? Stories from a Theme Park Insider takes you inside the famous tunnels and backstage at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a look at how theme parks really work, sharing the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your job is someone else's vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Features, News and Advice
"Stories from a Theme Park Insider"
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks