The Simpsons Give Back to the Future the Boot

I like The Simpsons, and a Universal Studios ride based on their shenanigans sounds like a rip-roarin’ good time to me, but at what cost? How much Hollywood history are we willing to sacrifice to fulfill our theme park desires? According to announcements made Tuesday, Universal Studios is creating a new Simpsons ride, planned to open in both Orlando and Hollywood spring 2008. That’s all fine and good, except for the fact that said ride will “take over the locations formerly occupied by Back to the Future: The Ride.” Apparently the Orlando BTTF ride has already met its demise, but I have it on good authority that the Universal City BTTF ride is still up and running.

In Dress to Kill, Eddie Izzard mocks America for this very thing:

You tear your history down, man! “30 years old, let’s smash it to the floor and put a car park here!” I have seen it in stories. I saw something in a program on something in Miami, and they were saying, “We’ve redecorated this building to how it looked over 50 years ago!” And people were going, “No, surely not, no. No one was alive then!”

It’s a disgrace, I tell you–a shame and a disgrace. We’ll just have to hope that Doc Brown will rewrite the future–or the past, depending on when he gets around to it.

19 thoughts on “The Simpsons Give Back to the Future the Boot”

  1. This is better than the current alternative: just letting the current BTTF ride continue to fall apart. Each time I’ve visited the projection has become noticeably more and more degraded, and the timing of the motion mechanics more and more off.

    Indeed, its a shame – they should just update the BTTF ride, and add the Simpsons ride. There isn’t enought at Universal Hollywood to beging with, and the BTTF feature is, on more than one level, a blast to the past.

  2. no!! I love that ride and of course the movies too.
    That ride was the only thing that made US bearable for me when the out of town family came to visit.

    Why don’t they try to make the back lot tour better instead?

  3. maybe not everything…but, y’know, at least SOMETHING.

    besides, it’s hard to find a better film than BACK TO THE FUTURE! c’mon!

  4. Well as an LA native I can tell you that people (including myself) were just as upset when the BTTF ride went in at the expense of the E.T. ride. Seasons… Turn, turn, turn.

  5. Yeah, true. I have a picture of myself around age 7 on the ET Ride. The look on my face is priceless. At least there’s that.

  6. I might be wrong as it has been a while since I visited but BTTF is on top of the hill while ET is on the bottom right? Something else took over ET’s spot I believe

    I miss the ET ride too. Yikes. Pretty soon I’ll be posting on miceage about non-themed garbage cans.

  7. I thought about it after I posted and it might be that The Mummy took E.T.’s place but The Mummy seems too new. E.T. has been gone for a while now. Is there still Backdraft? Anybody remember on the tour when you went in to the Robot battle? I think that got replaced by the turning rock thing.

  8. I rode the BTTF ride in Orlando 11 times in a row once. So sad to hear it’s gone, but I certainly don’t miss “The Power of Love” on repeat during the wait.

  9. I’m pretty sure “The Mummy” replaced “ET.” And by the “robot battle,” do you mean the “Battlestar Galactica” portion of the tram tour? They should definitely bring *that* back, but with an animatronic Gaius Baltar and Number Six getting it on.

  10. I was given some tickets last year to UniStud to which I hadn’t been since a kid: man was it ever boring! It has got to be the worst way to waste a day. They didn’t even have the van you could pick up nor the jail bars you could pry with your super-human strength. Any place that can make a fire that sparks more yawns than attention is surely headed for the history dump.

  11. I think the Star Trek ‘ride’ took over for E.T. That was the ‘thing’ where they took audience members, and put them on stage, and integrated a couple of clips of Star Trek into a final product. It was as if you were actual cast into a movie!

    /will not admit to playing a Klingon, who got beat up by a kid, even if evidence appeares on video tape in my bedroom, and my wife blackmails me with it occasionally

  12. Oh! Sadness! I love the BTTF ride so much- I had noticed it had been closed the past few times I’ve visited the park, but I assumed I had just been there on an off day.

    I was never a fan of the ET ride, and I also recall it being at the bottom of the hill, not at the top where the BTTF ride is….

    Ah, eddie.. :D every post is made better by an izzard reference!

  13. I’ve never NOT been disappointed by a day at Universal Studios (despite lowering my expectations a little more each time), but through it all the BTTF ride always made the trip a little better. I’ll take Disneyland and their fast pass (and the hour drive to get there) over Universal any day.

    I wonder if they’ll add some sort of water feature to the Simpsons ride. If I recall correctly, they seem to like to add unnecessary and unexpected water to everything there.

    I remember on my last trip I got soaked on the tram tour, dripped on by a very leaky mister in the Terminator ride, and somehow watered on during Shrek 3D, and those are just the ones I can remember. The last straw for germophobe me was the bartender trying to pour my beer in the cup that he’d just pulled off one of the formerly out of order beer tap handles.

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