Universal Orlando Resort is always evolving, always innovating, always improving. Occasionally we have to make some tough decisions to make room for new amazement. It’s never easy, and the old attraction will be forever missed. Here’s a look at a few of the retired shows and attractions we’ve said goodbye to over the years.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… a giant fin sliced through the waves and you were suddenly face to face with three tons of Great White fury - JAWS®
. The big beast left the park in 2012 to make room for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™
Back to the Future
Great Scott! Doc Brown sent you screaming through time and space on a 1.21-jigowatt adventure…in Sensurround, no less. You’d fly from 2015 Hill Valley through an Ice Age avalanche and into the clutches of a dinosaur and back to the future - all to stop Biff from altering the future. Doc and friends left us in 2007 to make way for The Simpsons Ride™
- The Doc Brown strolling character is available for meet and greets in Universal Studios Florida®.
- “Back to the Future” is also featured in Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.
When Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990, Kongfrontation was a main attraction. Kong was on the loose in Manhattan, and riders were threatened as he grabbed their tram, dropping it after being fired on by police helicopters. Kongfrontation closed in 2002, replaced by Revenge of the Mummy®
Now there’s an all-new way to experience the great beast at Skull Island: Reign of KongSM
at Universal's Islands of Adventure®
Reminders of Kongfrontation can be found throughout Revenge of the Mummy®. Look for:
- Bananas painted on the wall.
- The “tourist” dummy at the beginning of the attraction is wearing a hat that reads “Kong Rules”.
- The “treasure room” inside the attraction contains a three-foot tall golden Kong statue.
Twister - Ride It Out®
You stepped into one of the most action-packed movies of all time and felt what it was like to be a storm chaser, looking a tornado right in the eye, grabbing onto the railing to “Ride It Out.” Special effects wizards re-created the explosive force of nature at its worst. Twister closed in 2015 to allow for the completion of a new ride inspired by the popular Tonight Show segment, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
- Twister’s sound system ran at 110 decibels, as loud as a rock concert.
- The main theater contained 54 speakers producing 42,000 watts, enough equivalent wattage to power five average homes.
You went behind the scenes at Disaster Studios and learned the secrets of disaster films from the "Master of Mayhem" himself, writer/producer/director/studio executive/self-proclaimed genius Frank Kincaid. Disaster! closed in 2015 in preparation for Fast & Furious - Supercharged®
, coming in 2017.
- The ride vehicle was a recreation of the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway system in San Francisco.
Lucy - A TributeSM
This loving tribute to the Queen of Comedy was a walk through the dazzling career of one of America’s beloved comediennes, Lucille Ball. Visitors got a close-up look at the world’s favorite redhead on screen and off. Classic shows, costumes, scripts, and even rare home movies were part of the tribute. The Lucy tribute closed in 2015 to allow for the building of the interactive retail experience, Hello Kitty shop.FUN FACTS
- Guests can take photos and meet the Lucy strolling character daily along Hollywood Blvd. inside Universal Studios Florida®. Times and locations can be found in the daily park map.
Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue
Beetlejuice cranked up Dracula®
and Bride of Frankenstein®
for a Mega-Monster Rock Show filled with screamin’ demons and wailin’ guitars. The revue had its final show in 2016 in preparation for Fast & Furious - Supercharged®
, coming in 2017.
Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast
The evil Ooblar from the planet Yokian had stolen Jimmy's newest rocket creation...The Mark IV. You boarded your own rocket and followed Jimmy on a wild chase through your favorite Nicktoons, including SpongeBob SquarePants™, The Fairly OddParents, Hey Arnold!, and Rugrats™. Jimmy closed in 2011 in preparation for the opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem®