After serving ‘Back to the Future’ fans at the Orlando theme park for nearly 16 years, Universal Studios has closed the amazing ride. Back to the Future is my favorite movie of all time, so naturally, the ride based on the movie was my favorite attraction at the theme park. I liked the ride so much growing up, that even when my family vacationed at DisneyWorld, we always took a day to head over to Universal Studios to get on this ride.
The closing is sad for me, and what’s worse, there are rumors now that the Hollywood Studios ride will also close this summer. This means that my son will never enjoy the ride as I did. It means that Universal Studios is no longer a fixed destination for me when I get to Orlando. What could they possibly replace Back to the Future with? What in the glorious, over-sequeled new library of Universal movies will they draw from. I wonder if a Fast & Furious, The Mummy or Meet The Parents ride will last 16 years. I can see it now: You’re Jinxie the cat, chasing Greg Focker through the house. Big Jack Burns jumps out and you get flushed into the toilet. Wheeeeee.
According to Wikipedia, the ride closed abruptly and without much fanfare: “The Orlando ride closed at 8pm on March 30, 2007, to make room for a new attraction opening in Summer 2008. At closing, the wait time sign displayed a 75 minute line. Guests waiting in line heard a crew member on a microphone proclaim at 8:02 pm, “The Institute of Future Technology is now closed.” After the final guests said goodnight to the attraction, employees gathered on the second level for reflection, photographs and two final rides. Within minutes after guests left the area, work crews arrived to erect fences and began barricading the area. The original sign for the ride remains and the gift shop is still open, but will be replaced by a gift shop for the replacement ride.”
If you got to ride the attraction, consider yourself lucky. For those of you who didn’t, who knows, maybe the ride will return. The future hasn’t been written yet.