This Classic Universal Attraction Has Officially Outlived This Cultural Touchstone

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Similar to its movie studio, Universal Studios Orlando has had some amazing hits, some absolute misses….and some truly bizarre cult classics.

Just like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort has had some wildly successful attractions and some cult classics that have stuck around and wormed their way into the hearts of Guests.


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Over in Walt Disney World, that may be an attraction such as Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Living With the Land, Country Bear Jamboree; you get the picture. It’s typically something that may not be particularly exciting, but retains a specific niche of Guests’ interest anyways.

In Universal Studios Orlando, that attraction is none other than the E.T. Adventure Ride.

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The E.T. Adventure Ride first debuted in 1990, and it was weird even for the time period’s reception to whimsy. If you haven’t been on this slow-moving dark ride recently, we’ll summarize it for you.

Imagine you’re on a flying bicycle, with E.T. hiding in your basket as you evade law enforcement and government officials. Suddenly, your bike takes flight not miles into the air, but lightyears.

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E.T. transports you into space, bringing you to his home planet, The Green Planet, which is filled to the brim with some of the creepiest audio animatronics this author has ever seen.

Given its dwindling popularity and overall bizarre nature, Guests and fans are always worried about this attraction’s lifespan. In short, we never know when the E.T. Adventure Ride will be demolished to make room for something new.

However, this attraction hasn’t just made it to another year, it’s outlived a cultural touchstone:

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As Elon Musk has taken Twitter and retired it, rebranding the app into something known as ‘X,’ the E.T. Adventure Ride has officially outlived Twitter, one of the most popular social media platforms of its time.

Hopefully, this means that the E.T. Adventure Ride is here to stay!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.