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Rumor about E.T. and the Smurfs

Universal Orlando: Rumor is that E.T. could be replaced by the Smurfs

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted June 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM
Rumor so far, but totally irked at the possibility of it. E.T. possibly being replaced by Smurfs?? Please, God, no. That would be a double punch to the gut.

I really really hope that whole thing about Spielberg protecting E.T. Adventure at USF is true.

Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Andy Milito
Posted June 27, 2013 at 8:13 AM
No no no no no no no no!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM
As much as I love ET, if Smurfette is part of the ride, I can be very forgiving.

From Ryan Pickhardt
Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM
Ahhhhhh!!! Noooooo!!!! Replace it with Sesame Street! Universal Singapore just got a Sesame Street ride so why can't Orlando get a ride?

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM
First off E.T. should not go anywhere. Second off, the worst option would be for the Smurfs to replace it.

From Dominick D
Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM
Now would be the time for a Michael Scott no if it happens.

From emily ward
Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM
E.T needs to go, yes. i think parks need to keep with the times. sure it's a classic movie.. but it's barely up to date anymore

what i mean by that is, starwars aqa pirates, aqa transformers aqa what ever else... it's the current craze and people are all over it

you don't see people talking about E.T anymore... it's years old.

don't replace with the smurfs... they are just boring. but replace it

From Shannon Nelson
Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I disagree. E.T needs to stay. It is the only original ride left. Universal has some of the most cutting edge rides at any theme park. But having one original ride to show how far the industry has come and have a bit of nostalgia is a good thing. Yes it's an old ride and I love the new ones, but I still like riding on E.T reminding me of Universal when I was little.

From Tony Duda
Posted June 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Seaworld Parks/Busch Gardens owns the rights to Sesame Street in the USA, they even have a Sesame Street park in Pennsylvania.

From Ryan Pickhardt
Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM
Dang... Forgot about the whole rights thing...so I'm assuming Universal has rights to Sesame Street in Singapore. Well there has to be another family movie/show other than the Smurfs! It's so dated and the new movie just sucks! Not excited for the second!

From Dominick D
Posted June 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM
Actually Emily, film buffs still talk about this movie.

From Duncan Henny
Posted June 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM
I hope so E.T. Is long over due a replacement even if it is with the smurfs

From Gabriel Ross
Posted June 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM
E.T. isn't going anywhere. When they tore it down in USH, Spielberg was furious (after all, he DID co-create the park). Barney would be replaced before E.T.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted June 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM
I hear Barney WILL be replaced soon.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted June 28, 2013 at 6:51 AM
I keep hearing this about Spielberg and E.T. so I hope that's true. The franchise may not be "hot", but that doesn't take away the fact the ride is a wonderful experience for those of us who appreciate it's subtle magic. Heck, I'm not a huge fan of the movie, but I LOVE this ride.

From Melanie Howe
Posted June 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM
I'm with Shannon and Mark on this one. The ride is a classic and should stay. It's not one of my favorite movies, either, but the ride is a very pleasant, family-friendly dark ride and I just love the tour of ET's home world. I'm all for a bit of refurbishing and updating, if necessary, but I hope it stays.

As for the Smurfs.....no.....just no....

From Lisa Clark
Posted June 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM
That would be about as dumb as if the turned the lights on Space Mountain and had smurfs all around the coaster and painted the train blue. The smurf's would ruin that ride and besides the smurfs are more outdated than ET. ET is at least still loved by many and has a good theme. The smurfs are just blue elves. It would be very dumb if Universal does that.

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted June 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM
ET needs to stay, it is the only ride left that the parents of today's kids really identify with. However it is sorely in need of a refurb.

From Manny Barron
Posted June 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM
The E.T. ride is a classic...kind of afraid to use that word around with Universal(Back to the Future, Jaws, Kongfrontation). Nevertheless it is based on a movie that is over thirty years old. That film though is one of the most commercially and critically successful films of all time. A ride based on the recent Smurfs movies???? That would be completely irrelevant by the time the ride would even get to open.

I really like the E.T. ride, especially the forest queue. It would be great to see it open for another twenty years, but with Universal's rep that's not likely. Universal has done a fine job of replacing its rides. If they were ever to replace E.T., the Smurfs is not the answer. How about How to Train your Dragon? Much more critically and commercially successful than the Smurfs and with future movies planned. It's also widely considered the best non-Pixar animated movie in recent memory.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 30, 2013 at 5:44 AM
I do not think they will get rid of it. They have had some trouble with closing down the "classics" in the past.

From Rob Pastor
Posted June 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Orlando United has reported that ET will remain. It will undergo a refurbishment when the new Kid Zone area is done in a couple of years, according to the OU Insiders.

From Dominick D
Posted June 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM
I saw that in the stash Rob. Great news, it needs a good refurbing.

From Rob Pastor
Posted June 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM
Yes Dom, just love that ride, especially the scent of the Redwood queue. If they fix up the scene with the NASA guys the attraction would be just right. Like Splash Mountain, ET always puts a big smile on my face.

From Dominick D
Posted June 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Definitely. Glad they're keeping E.T., and I'm also pretty excited about Kong returning

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted June 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM
E.T. is the one of the best dark rides any theme park has to offer. It has a cohesive storyline and an unforgettable charm. Removing the ride would rip the heart and soul from Universal Studios.

Besides, the KidZone has plenty of attractions to close for future development, and Woody Woodpecker is getting an upcoming reboot from the studio that made "Despicable Me".

From Rob Pastor
Posted June 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM
Yes, very excited about the return of Kong in 2015. Hope the OU info is right on.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted July 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Thanks, Rob! That's great news. Just in time for wifey and I's 20th Anniversary din-din tonight...can't wait to tell her that not only is ET safe, it's going to be refurbed...AND Kong is coming back in 2015! *crossing fingers OU is legit on that one* :D

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted July 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM
I loved the movie, and I love the ride. Universal already got rid of another great ride (BttF) based on a movie that I also loved. I hope they keep it.

From Tyler Harris
Posted July 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM
Congrats mark!!!

Also, Smurfs was terrible, I'd like to see kids zone be replaced with updated movie rides, like dumping ET for How To train Your Dragon

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

From robert morris
Posted July 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Thinking Smurfs for Shrek makes the most sense...

As Universal no longer has the domestic rights for Madagascar characters from DreamWorks.

On top of that the Shrek 3D Movie is actually more out of date/context than ET is. Considering its 3 sequels since have made the storyline awkward at best.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted July 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Thanks, Tyler! Given today's article now I'm a little less comfortable, but until rumor becomes reality...*sigh*

From TH Creative
Posted July 4, 2013 at 3:55 AM
I'm confused by the use of the phrase "OU (Orlando United) Insiders."

On that site, Mr. Hate To Fly describes himself thusly: "I also want to point out that everything I say is speculation based on information from anonymous sources. Everything is strictly on a no-name basis and I have no inside knowledge and never have."

From Tyler Harris
Posted July 4, 2013 at 4:12 AM
Barney needs to get replaced fast, because the show got canceled like 10 years ago.
A Dreamwokrs area would be neat, but a Nickoloden Playzone would be fun.

From Gabriel Ross
Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM
All in favor of USF canning Barney?

From James Trexen
Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Truth be told, I'd like to see ET turned into a SpongeBob dark ride. Just think about how neat Universal can work with an undersea theme. And when you think about it, the groundwork's all there. Merchandising is still popular, so the exit can be routed through to the existing store. Turn the Pizza Company into a Krusty Krab and you've got a great new Bikini Bottom area akin to Springfield.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted July 18, 2013 at 8:19 AM
James, if it had to happen at least your concept would make it easier to swallow than stupid Smurfs. Love Spongebob. They oughta do it in addition to E.T. though...maybe build it under E.T. ;P

From Tyler Harris
Posted July 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Lora's and the Smurfs are just two unpopular movies, while Spngebob and How to train your Dragon and still on the shellf.
Counlt hurt to see Jimmy Netroun actually move to Kidzone with a few Kukla Arms and more current nick stuff,

From Oscar Marquez
Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM
i Though Disney is in talk with Sony!

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM
I think that the Smurfs should just stay out of theme parks. However if they had to go to a theme park, I'd say Disney would better suit them. Maybe replace Pooh in Orlando and California with the smurfs?

From Oscar Marquez
Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Thanks Andrew.

or maybe put The Smurfs in Anaheim's Potential 3rd Park in an Area, similar to Seuss Landing?

or perhaps replace "a bug's land" with The Smurfs?

and how about a Live Show based on Smurfs Movie, similar to Madagascar Live: Operation Vacation located at Disney's Hollywood Studios, replace Beauty and the Beast and at Disneyland park, replace Captain EO?

What you think, Andrew?

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM
I don't really like the idea of Smurfs taking up and entire land nor do I think it would really be that great of a 4-D film. But maybe a stage show could work but it would be a long shot and most likely really kid oriented.

From Oscar Marquez
Posted July 31, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Thank you, Andrew.

You will be my best friend.

Can I write about Disney vs. Universal for Smurfs, Andrew?

From carl tugwell
Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:54 AM
Why do universal feel they have to lose the older attractions, disney doesn't replace small world or pirates! ET is a classic film and a classic attraction so it will live on forever, however the surrounding area does need a major overhaul.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 31, 2013 at 8:43 AM
Go ahead.

From Lisa Clark
Posted August 18, 2013 at 1:09 AM
I agree 100% with you! Please Lord, No! No Smurfs to replace E.T. To market their park to suit 4 year olds is stupid. The parents buy the tickets and also by the time children turn 6 years old they have already out grew the Smurfs!

From Lisa Clark
Posted August 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM
Carl Tugwel I agree 100% with you also. Disney hasn't replaced It's A Small World, but in my opinion they should had replaced that never popular attraction and kept Snow White and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. I don't understand why they got rid of some of their classics, especially Snow White, and still have It's A Small World, but maybe Disney is as politically correct as most anything else these days. Puke, I live in Florida and I never met a person yet who said It's A Small World is great attraction.

From Tyler Harris
Posted August 18, 2013 at 4:34 AM
Small World is a classic, but annoying. Its a nice way to get out of the sun, but all of MK and DL'S attractions do this too. Well, almost all of them.
Why did Disney replace Mr. Toad???? I never got a chance to ride. And Snow White too.
I think the reason why Small World is still up and not Snow White and Mr. Toad is because it scared young children. And we all know Fantasyland was mostly geared to 3-6 year olds.
That will change when Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens next year! :)

From robert morris
Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:42 AM
Thinking the results of Smurfs 2's box office should put any worries of this happening to rest.

While I find Barney grating at best...my 3 and 7 year old's love that attraction.

One thing not to be missed is Despicable Me and Kang and Kodos are targeted towards children.

And Transformers while a thrill ride is also family friendly with a 40 inch height requirement.

Universal is evolving and smartly with Duff Gardens serving signature Non-Alcohol and Duff beer products and the Fast Food Blvd.

I look forward to Kid Zone being revamped and wondering when/if/where Wicked might find itself at the parks in Orlando

From Oscar Marquez
Posted August 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Agree with you, Lisa! Please God. Please No Smurfs replacing E.T. at Universal Studios.

Please put The Smurfs to Disney Parks, replace Captain EO or Muppet-Vision 3D with it!!

From Rob P
Posted August 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Are the people who are demanding that ET be sent packing ,on the basis that it's an old movie, going to be setting their sights on other attractions without topical themes ?
If they are then the likes of Mickey and Donald had better watch out too. So should a host of characters from Snow White to Cinderella.They haven't had a movie in the theatres for a long time now. Better start preparing for retirement. Get rid of them and replace them with the new kids on the block ?
Seriously ? Not gonna happen is it ? Or is this just a Universal Studios thing ?
Besides ET isn't just a movie is it ?. It has a message that may just be more relevant today than it was even then. Leave it alone, go on the ride, and for 5 minutes feel good about things.

From Dominick D
Posted August 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM
Smurfs 2 was a box office flop (thank God), there's no way a ride will happen

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted August 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM
Now its just up to Sony pictures to see if the 3rd one will get released.

From Oscar Marquez
Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM
or it would be Better if Pixar Animation Studios can make a All-CGI Smurfs reboot, it could be better than Sony's Live-Action Smurfs movie.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted September 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Yeaaaaaaaaa, no.

From TH Creative
Posted September 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

From Andy Milito
Posted September 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM
How about we just kill the concept of modern Smurfs? It's a terrible idea.

From James Trexen
Posted September 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM
Andy said: "How about we just kill the concept of modern Smurfs? It's a terrible idea."

This 56 (57 now) post-count thread begs to differ with you.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted September 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM
Is there such a thing as a decent alternative to Smurfs?

From Andy Milito
Posted September 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM
James said: "This 56 (57 now) post-count thread begs to differ with you."

And how many of them were in favor of scrapping E.T. for Smurfs?

From James Trexen
Posted September 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM
The point is, if everyone was against the idea of the Smurfs, then they would let this thread die once venting their negative posts. This might be the 3rd time that this discussion has been resurrected. Clearly, we can't judge the merits of a franchise we still keep talking about.

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