"I am a current Team Member at UO [i.e. the Universal Orlando Resort], and I've heard from several unnamed sources that Twister will be closing by the beginning of next year. To reconfirm, today in passing I overheard 2 Team Members talking, the one said that "some or all the Team Members in Twister have been notified they would be moved elsewhere." I wish I knew what was replacing it, but I'm just glad Universal is getting rid of that mess of an attraction."
"As a side note, my sources also confirmed with me that KidZone in the next year to year and a half will be totally replaced. Like flattened to the ground and something totally new would be built. So none of this remodeling existing attractions non-sense. I will keep in touch if I hear anything else."
So this essentially (ostensibly) means that not only is Twister leaving the park (thank god), but also the ENTIRETY of the KidZone, INCLUDING ET?! My goodness.
Twister will be remade into Battleship Experience!
@BJ Wanlund: Actually, the E.T. Adventure and Animal Actors on Location are rumored to be staying. The E.T. Adventured DEFINITELY needs to stay! It's the only dark ride at Universal Studios Florida that can be truly experienced by the whole family (not too thrilling, Audio-Animatronics, fantastic queue, etc...).
If They Replace Most Of Kidzone With Nickelodeon I Want Them To Put Jimmy Nutrin Back! #Agressive
No Woody Wood Pecker Needs To Stay
I really hope Universal adds a water attraction the Studio needs one. IOA has 3 amazing ones and that can definitely sway someones decision when its hot. So all I'm asking for is some unique water attraction, it would awesome if Universal had a Mack Water Coaster!
Yes Twister is old, but it's still a good attraction and adds variety to the Studios. We don't always need a thrill at the studios! I would hate to see it down, unless they replace it with something unique and something park fans will love. Whether made today or made in the 90's, all rides should be built to be classics.
I work at UO and am occasionally in Aftermath, the dump store for the Twister attraction. Stock has been quietly leaving and not being replaced. It's pretty obvious that there is going to be some kind of change. Word is that a remodel into a new attraction would take about 4 months. There are only a few people who work at that store only. The New York?/San Francisco area has a lot of stores that can handle them until something new is built. Don't know when there will be a change, but it's coming. Doesn't feel like a rumor anymore around here.
If you ask me, Barney should go. Who watches that on TV anymore? Is it even still ON TV????
I definitely think that ET should stay (it's always been one of my favorite UO rides, even at 20 (: ), but I think it could probably have an upgrade or two. I don't know how they'd do that, but it would be nice to see it refreshed.
I think that ET needs to stay, and they need to get rid of the Barney show, and the woody wood pecker coaster. I say that, because Barney isn't even on TV any more, and the woody wood pecker coaster should be replaced with a water ride, because there are no water rides in universal studios Florida. I know that ET is an older movie, but its a good movie, and its the only dark ride at Universal Studios Florida. Twister definitely needs to go, they can put an a lot better ride in there, they can make the new ride use the same effects as the Spiderman ride.
E.T definitely needs to stay. If they take that out, the would destroy TWO ride franchises. Not just the originals but E.T itself! (Hollywood: Revenge of the Mummy; Japan: Space Fantasy; Dubailand: Not open; South Korea: Not open; Orlando: Currently last one!
Not to mention Et being the last original!
*Reads about this stuff in alot of places*
In the famous words of the Heavy: OH THIS IS BAD!!