Twister - Ride It Out reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Twister - Ride It Out, a live show in New York at Universal Studios Florida.
Written by Robert Niles
Inspired by the 1996 movie starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, this special-effects-demonstration show debuted in the park in 1998. You'll feel the blowing, swirling wind of an EF5-force tornado, as all sorts of stuff goes flying through the theater in front of you when the twister hits.
This ride needs to go away. It is based on a movie people barely remember, which is ironic because Universal replaced Ghostbusters partly because many people didn't remember it, and now it is more popular than Twister. Anyway, it has outdated effects and the building should house something like a year round haunted house. - Quentin Scruggs
been there done that, did not get the t-shirt. time to make room for another more up to date ride. The movie was OK but not ride worthy.. must have been during the low time for Universal time to use this one. - Jake Johnson
Even after almost a decade and a half of operation, Twister still offers an interesting special effects presentation. I really like how in the pre-show queue area it feels like you really are in a wrecked house and thats really where the attraction starts. The main show is definitely worth checking out. - Manny Barron
This ‘ride’ was built under the belief that the film would become both a memorable classic and a popular spot in the parks. Yeah, that didn't happen. The pre-show – a long rather dull video detailing both making of the movie and meteorically effects of tornadoes was painfully boring. The next section – portraying the destructive aftermath of a building hit by a twister, was fun and I would have loved to explore, but was given no time to look and was rushed onto the show itself. The designers strangely thought an apathetic Bill Paxton’s ‘telling’ of a tornado’s power was more powerful than ‘seeing’ it. The show proper was fun. That was it. If we could have skipped the droning video I could’ve enjoyed this thing. - Laura Danielson
C'mon down to Twister, and experience a raging Bill Paxton! No, really, this ride is about as mediocre as it gets. It used to be a more engaging ride, but they've since taken elements out of it that made it a more intense ride, likely 'cause people don't seem to realize that the wrath of God can be intense. Anyway, if you've never experienced Twister before, don't pass it up. It still has some pretty neat effects to it, and the pre-show queue is still cool. If you've seen it once already, pass on it and spend that time in the queues waiting for good rides like Transformers or Mummy. Hard to believe they tossed the Ghostbusters show out for this one. Sigh. - Eric Malone
This once housed the amazing Ghost Busters show. Now I skip it every visit. - O T
This attraction gets such a bad rap. If you are a huge fan of the movie (as my whole family is), you feel like you are in the drive-in scene. They do a great job of recreating that part of the movie. It's only a few minutes long, but everyone cheers when the show is over. this is a 9/10 in my book. - N B
Twister seems to be one of the attractions you either love or hate. I personally hate it, and I don't understand the ones who love it. I didn't quite know what to expect when I first entered Twister. The long, boring, and somewhat obnoxious pre-show gives the impression that you are about to hop on a first-class thrill ride. When the show begins you and the rest of the guests crowd in, and I mean CROWD IN, on a 3 level "porch" with railings. We were so packed in, that my shoulders squeezed very tightly with people on both sides. Once the show begins, it does not get any better. The tornado effect itself is decent, but everything else is weak. There is a moment when a plastic cow flys by, and you can CLEARLY see the ropes holding it aloft. I didn't feel any sense of immersion whatsoever. I'm shocked that Universal chose a ride themed after Twister. Even with that poor choice, they could have easily made a great thrill ride that would have made up for the poor theming. This is an attraction that needs to be scrapped. It is one of the lamest theme park inventions conceived. 2 out of 10. - Joshua Bixler
Nice special effects. It could be better - Anthony Murphy
one time only...next - B Higgins
The pre-show is boring, bu I like the special effects on the show itself, cool , do it once. - David Shaul
I think I'm one of the few people who likes Twister - Ride It Out. The special effects are top notch and it's fun to watch the tornado! - Bryce McGibeny
In the pre-show Bill Paxton talks about how exciting filming Twister was. He did this while looking as bored as physically possible. After this ride I probably looked the same. Nothing interesting happens during this ride. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. One has to wonder why this still exists while Universal are shutting down classic rides based on classic films like Jaws and King Kong - Mark Doherty
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