Hmmm. Wonder if this is an east coast/west coast thing? I rode the one at USH about 2 years ago. Although the thing was really dated, I don't remember it being particularly rough. I thought Race For Atlantis at Ceasar's was much worse.
I do think it's time to retire the thing, but I'll still be sad to see it go. I thought Star Tours was amazing when it first opened and BTTF completely blew that out of the water.
my son (14) is a huge bttf fan (he is obsessed with the movies and collects all memorabilia). we went in march and rode it about 20 times. i didnt think it was that rough, and although dated, it is a classic. we always ride it when we are there. apparently the crowds thought it was worth it too because it still had one of the longest lines of all the rides (thank god we stayed on property and had express passes). Do you think they will sell/auction props from the ride? i would love to get some of it for him. (a delorean car would be sweet!)
Its a shame to see the oldies go, but i guess thats progress. i am sure jaws is next.
...location and theming...thats the ticket....not always height or speed...
USF took out Kong to put in Mummy and kept ET, while USH took out ET to put in their (different) Mummy attraction. My guess is that they're trying to keep the parks *similar in FEEL*, while allowing a great deal of diversity in attractions.
BTW, best ride at USF *is* Mummy....at USH, no doubt, it's the studio backlot tour. (And I don't ever care for movies)... ;)
P.S. I can't say I found either to be *rough* per se, but poorly-synched in terms of movies vs. ride motions....makes for queasy guests...not QUITE as bad as Body Wars, but right up there...ugh!
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LOL, all the SoCal'ers agree, DWeaver....I thought while *ours* is CLEARLY the better ride, the USH ride isn't as horrible as the reviews. The backwards COASTING is something ours doesn't really do, and yours has a LONG backwards ride. Just doesn't really have any airtime...and the effects aren't nearly so good. Meh, yours DOES kinda stink....carry on... ;)
LOL, they're both good at bringing you INTO the movie, and USH's is an OK ride. Just OK.
I'm very sad to see BTTF: The Ride close. When I was at Universal back in 1992, I fell in love with the ride...course I liked the movies as well. While most of the other rides they had there were sweet, i.e. King Kong, I wanted to go and ride BTTF again and again. Oh well, guess you have to move with the times.
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