Like Disney fans, Universal fans grow attached to classic attractions, even if they’re no longer in their prime.
However, Universal has adopted an entirely different approach regarding retired attractions, keeping them alive even years after they’ve closed for good.
Universal Vs. Disney: Who Handles Closed Rides Better?
Whether it comes to Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort, one thing remains the same: when a beloved attraction closes forever, it’s a huge deal for fans.
However, one of the most significant differences between Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort is the way each company capitalizes on the loss of an attraction.
For the most part, Disney chooses to move onward, celebrating the progress and the new addition of the replacement attraction.
Universal, however, continues to celebrate a shuttered attraction, capitalizing on fans’ nostalgia and affection for the ride. It’s not uncommon to see Universal Park merchandise celebrating an attraction that’s been closed for years.
Even If the Attraction Is Shuttered, Fans Can Still Celebrate Its Presence at Universal
Some of Univeral Orlando Resort’s most classic attractions, such as Jaws, Kongfrontation, and Back to the Future – The Ride, are still celebrated in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Guests can often buy souvenirs promoting these experiences despite no longer having a theme park presence (outside of merchandise).
Fans often look to Universal Orlando Resort’s remaining classic attractions, wondering which ones will join the ranks of Universal’s Retired Attractions & Closed Rides next.
Unfortunately, it seems that one of Universal Studios Florida’s oldest attractions has drawn negative attention to itself recently, and fans are growing concerned…
E.T. Adventure Ride is one of Universal Studios Orlando’s most classic attractions. Opening in 1990, this ride is over 30 years old, and the target audience has inexplicably changed in that time.
Children no longer find E.T. charming or even cute. For the most part, children typically find the alien frightening despite his friendly and earnest personality.
The culture shift combined with the attraction’s recent deterioration has turned the once-popular experience into another one of Universal Studios’ outdated rides.
According to one of the comments in the social media thread, E.T. Adventure Ride recently broke down three days in a row.
As the dark ride begins experiencing frequent breakdowns and technical difficulties, fans wonder with dawning horror if this attraction is up next on Universal’s chopping block.
Considering the recent changes in that side of Universal Studios Park, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear of E.T. Adventure Ride’s upcoming demise…
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