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  • Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

    So if you follow Universal parks at all, you probably already know that USF is closing Back to the Future for a new attraction. Yet all reports deny that BTTF will be closing at USH. Why not?

    My personal theory is that USH has the original "Courtyard Square" from the movie, which they hype up pretty big on the tour--while USF has no real other connection. Still, the attraction is based on the premise of visiting the very distant future time of... 2015. Not all the far off by now, and soon to be humiliatingly out of date! Doesn't it seem inevitable they've got to close it as some point (or at the very least, update it)? So why not just do it now?
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    Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

    Honestly, I don't think it has anything to do with courtyard square.

    USH is the studio tour ... PERIOD. Anything else that they have is just extra stuff. They aren't going to go overboard on anything else.

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      Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

      And besides, the Courthouse Square is now (and has been for a while) the set for Ghost Whisperer. Of course, it can always be changed back (at the spur of the moment). The clock tower is being stored behind some of the street facades. You can get a quick glimpse of it while on the Tram tour.


      As much as we enjoy the ride (we've been on it since it opened), it's time to move on to something else. Keep the building and the ride structure, just change the theme and vehicles (and clean the screen...yuck) LOL

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        Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

        The BTTF ride is so ancient it kills any excitement about the movie. I got into the film when I was 15 and just went on the ride a couple months ago I thought it was horrible. Cute and nice for the 80s maybe but wow it's so ancient. Take it out, keep the ride vehicles or something for display but if that ride left I wouldn't mind.

        As for ET, why did that leave?!

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          Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

          ET left for Mummy. A good exchange, IMO... ET was by far my most hated ride. Utterly worthless. I never understood a ride that was supposed to have that Peter Pan-esque "flying" mystique, yet nearly always remained 1 ft off the ground for over 90% of the ride. What kind of flying sensation is that? I know a lot of people don't care for Mummy, but I feel it's way above what ET was.

          Still, no real answers (or even theories?) as to why USH is clinging on to BTTF when USF's is closing? It just doesn't make much sense to me.
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          • #6
            Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

            I'm not sure what ET was like in Hollywood, but the one in Orlando is about as perfect a dark ride experience as you can get. I absolutely love it. My only complaint is how loud the fog machines are.

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              Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

              BTTF in Orlando is built on flat ground where the building could either be demolished or expanded to accept a new ride.

              BTTF at USH is built on the side of a hill, and any additions to the building would require a lot more construction. Trying to fit a ride into what is preety much an office building is another story.
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              • #8
                Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                BTTF is a cool ride, in concept. But I do think that it needs an update. It really is quite a well-themed queue and attraction...but if you ever get the urge to look up and around you, the magic is spoiled as you see the other dozen or so cars flying through the future at the same time you are. I vote for an update of the film and new programming for the cars.

                Just for the record, I'm very sad that ET is gone. I would MUCH prefer to have a friendly extra-terrestrial encounter than ride the Mummy...which isn't much of a coaster and is over before you know it. The only reason I enjoyed it the first time is because I was able to get a front of the line pass and only waited less than 5 minutes. I would have been pissed if I had to wait any longer.
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                  Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                  I have only been on BTTF once. That ride made me sick. I had a killer headache and sick feeling the rest of the day that I could not get rid of. For that reason I have steered clear of that ride whenever I go. Mummy did not affect me like BTTF did. If it left USH, I would wish it bon voyage.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                    maybe because Florida's opened shortly after the park did...

                    yet USH's was behind schedual when they built and opened it...

                    so they want to test the idea in FLA, where they dont have the popularity anymore for one reason or another.... then take it to Hollywood... and maybe japan...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                      BTTF is my second fave ride at USH. I think it is one of the nicest simulator rides I've ridden. Soarin can't even hold a candle to BTTF.

                      I like how small the cars are, makes it more personal.
                      I also love the little onboard screen and the smoke effects in the actual vehicle.


                      I would love to see it updated, but I would be saddened to see it go.

                      I could live without the Mummy no problem. Short ride, no real thrills, and cheesy lookin Las Vegas glowing cut-outs.

                      Also USH needs to ADD rides instead of replace them. Whenever I go I get kinda pissed because I spent so much to get in and traveled a ways to get there...and I'm done in a few hours.

                      Get rid of Shrek, put something interesting where all the Nicktoons playgrounds are, do something with T2 and the Coke water play area. And build a ride where they always put the Haunted Maze.

                      Universal has some cool movies under its name as well as their affiliates. I believe they own the new Peter Pan, they could make an amazing Peter Pan ride to blow Disney's out of the water.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                        Originally posted by MissChristine View Post

                        Just for the record, I'm very sad that ET is gone. I would MUCH prefer to have a friendly extra-terrestrial encounter than ride the Mummy...which isn't much of a coaster and is over before you know it. The only reason I enjoyed it the first time is because I was able to get a front of the line pass and only waited less than 5 minutes. I would have been pissed if I had to wait any longer.
                        I know what you mean! Last time I went to USH was on a Monday after Halloween a couple years ago. I got in for free because I knew a guy who works there. Luckily, like you, I only waited in line for about 5 minutes and even then I was disappointed! I loved the Mummy films but I hated the ride! It was like, you're in, you're out, you're mad that you waited that long! I miss the E.T. ride. I only went on it once when it first opened when that was like the only ride there.

                        As for BTTF...I think it's staying in Hollywood because there is just not that much to do there. I've never been to Orlando, so I wouldn't know how many rides they have other there, but over here in Hollywood, I think DCA has more rides than USH.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                          ET was the coolest thing when I was a kid. Maybe adults don't like it but kids did. Especially when I was really small and you went through some ID process so ET said your name on the way out.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                            USH isn't the place for rides though. It's a movie studio. You go for the excellent tram ride, anything else is extra.

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                              Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                              Originally posted by EagleWings View Post
                              USH isn't the place for rides though. It's a movie studio. You go for the excellent tram ride, anything else is extra.
                              Yeah well, they shouldn't be charging the same price for admission as the amusement parks do. I sure as hell wouldn't pay $50+ for just a tram ride. Unless I'm going to meet some movie or tv stars and get like a free lunch with them. At least with Six Flags, Knotts, or Disney you have hours of stuff to do, not like Universal. If it's an slow day, you could do everything within 5 hours.
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                              • #16
                                Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                                I think some people are correct in that USH's is on a cliff (more work), courthouse, lack of rides, etc. Maybe they're testing out the new ride ideas at FL before expanding it to other parks.

                                I did like the repaint on the backside of Shrek, keeps continuity.

                                Wasted space in USH:

                                1) Shrek needs to be a dark ride (enough with the 4D movies, T2:3D is awesome although Shrek is like a family friendly movie... they should probably build a dark ride that rivals Midway Mania)

                                2) Coke Soak (although Coca-Cola is being stubborn and want to continue being represented as a 2nd less than fancy water play area for some reason when they should sponser a new attraction, also I was told T2:3D is built over the Frankenstein parking but NOT Coke Soak- he tried to explain how that was but it didnt register in my head)

                                3) Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show (now used for various production shoots, it needs to be an indoor ride or show. I prefer a ride because USH has enough shows, probably have to get rid of that Western Alleyway to make more room)

                                4) WHY ON EARTH DID THEY BUILD A PANADA EXPRESS ON THE LOWER LEVEL WHEN THERE WAS ALREADY PANADA EXPRESS IN JURASSIC CAFE?!?! I should have asked that guy. I think a 2 story interactive darkride here and I Love Lucy would be good for (small scaled) MIB or the upcoming Halo movie

                                5) Backdraft is pretty old. Needs to be updated. Probably move the queue INSIDE the 2 pre-show rooms to stop using the outdoor switchbacks to make room for MIB/Halo/interactive ride.

                                6) The Frankenstein restuarant next to Van Helsing maze goes unused. Either put a new restaurant there or attraction/exhibit.

                                7) Gibson theater. Why oh why did Universal give it to Gibson?? There's plenty of other theaters in LA. This area could have definately been used for the park.

                                That's enough for today...

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                                  Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                                  Yeah well, they shouldn't be charging the same price for admission as the amusement parks do. I sure as hell wouldn't pay $50+ for just a tram ride. Unless I'm going to meet some movie or tv stars and get like a free lunch with them.
                                  I don't agree at all... mainly because the studios are not only authentic, but historic. It's not like Universal is making up all the films shot there. Thousands of films shoot over nearly 100 years accounts for something, I think. If you don't agree, well, you're not their target audience in the first place. But lots of movie buffs would be fascinated by this. Maybe jaded locals, not as much, but the rest of the country might be.

                                  For the same reason, it's why I hated the "tram tour" that was offered at MGM. No real history, it was all pretty fabricated.

                                  And ^filmfreak11^, I couldn't agree with you more. With space at such a premium at USH, you'd think they'd utilize every inch of possible land. It's a pity so much is collecting dust. I get the feeling that attractions are just not their #1 priority.

                                  Back to the point of this thread, I didn't think of the fact that the BTTF building in basically on a cliff. Even so, you'd think they'd at least be able to update it with a different film. Isn't the rumor that the replacement ride at USF a Simpsons simulator? If that in fact is true, how much more difficult would it be to place at USH? Granted, that's a lot of assumptions...
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                                    Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                                    I remember one morning opening the park and hearing this on the radio.

                                    "Future, go ahead."
                                    "Uh, yeah. We can't find the laserdisc, so we might be delayed in opening."
                                    "Copy that."

                                    LASERDISC!!!! They run the preshow on laserdisc. Right there, come on. Upgrade people. And the best part about USH? You think its a theme park right? And all that fun stuff that comes with it. Oh yeah - we run on a MODEM for internet access.

                                    they don't want to pay the money to install a t1 connection. give me a freakin break. but that's :ot:

                                    yeah, this ride needs a huge overhaul.
                                    and the thing that i tell the guests when they ask if e.t. is still there. "e.t. went home to green planet. the mummy came and took up his old digs."
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                                      Originally posted by kickcows View Post
                                      and the thing that i tell the guests when they ask if e.t. is still there. "e.t. went home to green planet. the mummy came and took up his old digs."
                                      :lol:
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Why isn't BTTF closing at USH?

                                        Originally posted by Experiment626 View Post
                                        As for BTTF...I think it's staying in Hollywood because there is just not that much to do there. I've never been to Orlando, so I wouldn't know how many rides they have other there, but over here in Hollywood, I think DCA has more rides than USH.
                                        Universal Studios Orlando has:
                                        Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
                                        Shrek 4-D
                                        Twister
                                        Beetlejuice's Rocking Review
                                        Earthquake
                                        Mummy's Revenge
                                        Jaws
                                        Fear Factor
                                        Men In Black: Alien Attack
                                        Back To The Future
                                        Woody Woodpecker Express
                                        E.T.
                                        Fievel's Playland
                                        A Day in the park with Barney
                                        Curious Geroge
                                        Animal Actors
                                        Horror Make-up Show
                                        T-2 3-D
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