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Back to the Future... The Ride (1991)

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Visitors to the "Institute of Future Technology" enter what they believe to be a tour of the facilities, but instead get involved in a chase through time to recover a time-machine stolen by Biff Tannen. Written by Steven Hunter <hunters@coral.indstate.edu>

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Back to the Future The Ride in Florida originally opened to the public on May 2, 1991. It closed its doors to the past, present, and future on March 30, 2007. The attraction in California closed on Sept 3, 2007. Nothing has been said as of yet for the ride in Japan. See more »

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As you enter Hill Valley town square and approach the Courthouse, look down the alley to the right of the courthouse to see a giant styrofoam cup of coffee accidentally left on the miniature set. See more »

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Biff Tannen: Hasta la bye bye!
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Because this is presented as a ride "experience" and not a film, no credits are shown on screen. However, "directed by Douglas Trumball", "Music by Alan Silvestri", "Special Effects by ILM" and several other credits are posted on a plaque near the exit to the ride. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006) See more »

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Definitely will be a remembered classic...
8 July 2008 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

There was an interesting paradox taking place as the Back to the Future ride got older and more dated, and as I got older and the ride, like all rides, lost some of that childish excitement. The first time I rode it was in the early 90s when I was maybe 12 or 13 years old and I was absolutely thrilled. After that I didn't ride it again until maybe two years ago, nearly 15 years after my first ride. Between 2004 and 2007 I lived in Culver City and then Venice Beach, so after years of living in northern California I was finally near Universal Studios (Hollywood) again, one of my childhood favorites, so I immediately snatched up a year pass each year (since they were basically giving them away and probably still are) and returned to my favorite movie magic place in the world.

But the interesting thing about the Back to the Future ride is that even though it's not as wildly thrilling as it was when I was a kid, and even though it's not nearly as technologically advanced as most of the other rides at Universal Studios or Disneyland or even Magic Mountain, when you walk in, it is (or was, before it closed) still hosted by all of the original cast from the movies, and it really takes you back to the time when the movies were released because the characters are the same.

Sadly, I imagine the ride doesn't have a lot of repeat riders, it's just one of those rides that you usually ride once, maybe twice, and then move on. Not like other rides that you can ride over and over again and are still fun and exciting, like the Jurassic Park water ride and the Indiana Jones ride, as a couple of Universal Studios examples.

Personally the Studio Tour will always be my favorite attraction at Universal Studios, even though it is evolving away from it's glory days (when it was centered around things like the Jaws scare and the Back to the Future courthouse set and the Psycho house and the elaborate and classic King Kong and earthquake experiences) and is integrating more modern but less impressive attractions, like the War of the Worlds plane crash site and a genuinely ridiculous Fast and the Furious thing with dancing cars. What a joke.

But then again, it is important to keep the attractions up to date, and no matter how good the Back to the Future movies were and how sad it is to see part of their legacy being removed from the park, you gotta keep people coming back. I just hope the Simpsons ride is good, and more important, from now on can we keep the Fast and the Furious and other such nonsense on the sidelines where they belong?


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