Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Disaster!, a dark ride in San Francisco at Universal Studios Florida.
Written by Robert Niles
Disaster! is a retheming of the old Earthquake attraction, featuring a new storyline starring Christopher Walken. The big scene at the end is the same as on the old Earthquake ride — a trip in San Francisco's BART subway that goes “terribly wrong” when the big quake hits, jolting your train as the station floods and catches fire around you. Inside sources suggest that this ride might not be around much longer, as it's a top candidate for replacement after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley opens next door in 2014.
Worth checking out if you want to cool off or seen all the major attractions. - Christopher Sturniolo
Excellent across all boards! The pre show and filming parts are absolutely hilarious and entertaining. Sure it is corny and predictable, but I always laugh. The actual Earthquake part is still amazing after 24 years of operation and the end trailer is the best part. It's always good when the audience plays along. 9/10 - Quentin Scruggs
One of the last remaining attractions in the park that explains a bit about the movie making process. The attraction hosts play their part well and bring energy to this attraction. It's a lengthy attraction, about 40 minutes but it is all pretty interesting. The final ride portion is pretty neat and the video that plays after is funny. Definitely worth a shot if you have visited the other more popular rides. - Manny Barron
This actually really depends on the actress you get for leading you through the ride. The first one we got was amazing, interactive and full of energy. Each successive one was...less so. But the 'disaster' itself and Walken are always fun. This still remains one of my favorites and I recommend it at least once. - Laura Danielson
The filming and pre show is boring. But you have to respect the Earthquake part. It has some history. The earthquake was one of the attractions that made universal sue Ride and Show Engineering because of the breakdowns. 6/10 Also Dumbledore in his office at HP is the same effect as Chris Walken. - Jaiden Cohen
Not exactly the best ride in the park, but if you need a break from the oppressive summer heat, this is a good place to start. You do a lot of sitting in the air conditioning. It combines aspects of movie-making with a ride they've had for a long time. It's actually all kinda neat to see, but its re-ride value is fairly low. If there was an option to, say, skip the movie-making part and go right into the ride, it might be worth a few re-rides. Since that's not the case.. - Eric Malone
Surprised at the low rating! Disaster! is a long attraction which is a lot of fun. The way the audience is able to participate is a lot of fun. The Christopher Walken hologram was amazing! Very impressed with this effect. Then after the show, you board the old Earthquake ride. It's basically the same, but it's a lot of fun to see the movie that you "helped" to produce. - Bryce McGibeny
I actually thought this was pretty good! - Anthony Murphy
The actual disaster part is probably the most boring. The other two are fun as long as you or a group member are picked for the filming. - Jeff Moon
I was expecting something like Twister, but this is actually 10 times better, the pre-show can be very funny with the right cast member. then the shooting is very entertaining an the ride itself have some great special effects. in the end you see the small movie with the members from the audience and is very funny specially the Grandma part. - David Shaul
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