Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone.
Restrictions and access
34 inches; has Express Pass access.
Two sentence insider summary
Help E.T. save his dying planet! This attraction, designed for the whole family, is a gondola-style dark ride that is very similar to Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom (with a little alien spin on It’s A Small World at the end).
1 out of 5.
Generally not more than 15 minutes, and many times it is 5 minutes or less.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
When asked, you should have given the ride attendant a funny nickname for yourself. Also, keep in mind that if you have small kids who haven’t seen E.T. yet, his appearance and that of his friends may be a bit off-putting.
OI fun fact
During the ride, notice that E.T. only appears in your bike basket when you are about to fly!
Opening time reminder
When crowd levels are slow to moderate, the attractions inside Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, including E.T. Adventure, typically do not open until 10:00am. When crowd levels are busy to very busy, the attractions typically open when the park opens at 9:00am. Visit our Universal Orlando crowd calendar (the link will open in a new window) to determine the crowd levels for your travel dates.
The opening time for each of the KidZone attractions is listed in Universal Orlando’s in-park map, which you can pick up at the front of the theme parks.
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Classic that could use an update
This is still a good ride, I would just update the animatronics.
This is one of those rides that you can't help feeling nostalgic while riding. Much in the same why that many of the rides at Disney's Magic Kingdom. ET brings back childhood memories of riding it for the first time. While it is not an exciting thrill ride. It's still an enjoyable ride.
I would not put it on top of my list, but it is cool and such a classic movie. The ride flows well with the movie and the queue is worth it alone. How can you not want to go home ET. A historic ride that I hope stays.
This is a must do for us every trip. The line inside is worth it all to us. You get to walk through the forest, and the smell and feel is in the air. It really gets you ready for the ride, and does not leave you bored while you wait. The ride itself is a little outdated, but it's E.T. And your flying on bikes! Come on, what's better then that?
I hadly remember my first visit to Universal Studios in Orlando. I suppose it's mostly because it was in 1992 and I was only 4 years old.
However, a few key things stand out to me. I remember going on a ride simulating an earthquake and bursting into tears because I was terrified. I remember my parents trying to coax me on to Jaws, but I wouldn't budge (apparently I was a big weenie at 4 years old). And finally, I remember riding E.T.
It is the only ride I remember thuroughly enjoying. So much so that we rode it twice!
When my husband took me back to Universal this past summer, more than 20 years later (!), I was really keen to revisit this ride.
I have to admit, while it is a bit outdated, it was still great fun! I had by birthday button on, which earned me a seat on the bike with E.T. himself in front! I got a huge kick out of seeing him pop up when we started flying!
The bit I was most excited about was seeing my husband's face when he heard E.T.'s special message at the end of the ride. Seeing his face light up like a little kid when he heard his name (much like I'm sure my 4-year-old face did so long ago) was one of the highlights of my day!
Great in its day, but that day passed
I remember when it first opened, long lines and plenty of excitement.Now it's just a relic, something that you remember from "way back". It was great in its day, but it's time to shut it down and bring in something new.
I'm young, my friends are young. One of my friends had never been on a rollercoaster. We took her on Mummy, and she loved it but was a little shaken. She wanted a slow ride to relax before doing Rip Ride Rockit. So I thought, what would be a pleasant ride, that's NOT a simulator. ET really is the best/only option!!
Rides like ET are a dying breed, its an ACTUAL ride, that's not a simulator and it uses actual props. It doesn't spin, its AC'd, its pleasant and super fun. Kids will grow to love this ride! It is an old ride but it is still impressive to be suspended from the ceiling. I've been to every theme park in Orlando, this ride is a winner.
There are far worse, more out of date, boring rides at Epcot. This is a kids ride without being 'its a small world.' either. Some rides at MK make me roll my eyes and want a beer. Kids love this ride and adults love this ride.
The characters are so cute, the queue is amazing. Super Cold!! A place to cool down in the sun. I don't want the ride to change, but ET's voice at the end in inaudible. They put a lot of effort into giving you the 'passport' and taking your name, but only certain names are easy to hear.
But all of my friends loved the ride. We were laughing and dancing a long. It made me so happy, and it really has become one of my favorite rides at the Studios.
Love Love Love
Love this ride. It brings back so many memories.
"I'll Believe in You All my Life..."
E.T. was a blockbuster when I was a very young girl. As a girl, I remember being entranced by the story of the friendly little alien who visited Earth and impacted the lives of everyone he met. As a little girl, I loved geraniums, named my first pet "Gertie," had an E.T. cake for my 4th birthday (yes, I remember!), wished for a Speak-and-Spell, and loyally suffered through the Atari nightmare that is this movie's namesake. My love of this story continued into my adult life. One of the best first dates I ever had was with a gentleman who knew of my love for the movie and thought it would be fun to attend the re-release in 2002, just so I could see it on the big screen once more.
All that said, when my husband and I went to Universal Orlando on our honeymoon, the bar was set extraordinarily high. My husband even gently warned me that I may be disappointed as we waited in the queue for this attraction.
I wasn't. Not by a long shot.
I understand that many feel this ride is outdated, boring, and needs to be updated or replaced. I respectfully disagree. As a little girl who was entranced by E.T. and Elliott riding the flying bike in the light of the moon, you can imagine how excited I was to see that our "ride" was one of these bikes. I didn't think it was possible to feel like a little girl again as a grown-up in my 30's... but I did. Especially when E.T. popped up to fly with us! Universal does a wonderful job of recapturing the magic and fun that makes E.T. such a timeless and iconic classic. The end is also wonderful, with E.T. acknowledging you by name as he bids you farewell.
Universal works incredibly hard to create memorable moments for folks who visit their parks. For me, riding a flying bicycle with E.T. WAS that moment. I literally cannot think of that day without a smile coming to my face. As a new parent, I sincerely hope this attraction will still be around for me to share with my daughter when we take her to Universal Orlando. I cannot think of a better gift to pass to my daughter.
The name's the thing...
Sometimes the biggest memories of theme parks can come from the smallest things. A good case in point is the E.T. Adventure. The stepson is named Asa. Now, you can guess how often you come across the name ASA in theme park gift shops. You can get coffee cups or shot glasses with just about every other name but there never is an Asa. So when we got on the E.T. ride we were just a bit curious when we had to give our names. The ride is great! Everything a theme park ride should be, full of great scenes from a great film. The final scene in the film, when E.T. is saying goodbye to Eliot, never fails to cause a small tear. At the end of the ride E.T. says goodbye to everyone, and he uses their real names. Seeing the look on a small boy's face when he hears his own name, and obscure name at that, come out of E.T.'s mouth was worth every penny we paid and ever minute we waited in line.
One of the best things in the park.
I also love going on this ride, I never get bored of it and even the next generation will love it, great sets and a real fun ride, Universal need to listen to what the fans/visitors want and keep ET, I would more than welcome a revamp of the ride but don't shut it down and replace it with a ride based on the smurfs that nobody wants, they could even extend the ride. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some good news regarding the long term future of this classic ride.
I thought that the interactivity in this ride was amazing at the end when E.T. says Bye specifically to you! The queue feels like you are really in the woods and when you climb aboard the bikes, you are completely immersed into the world of E.T.
Wonderful ride. Felt like you were flying on a bike. The only part I didn't think was well-depicted was E.T.'s home planet. It looked like Whoville (too much Seuss influence).
E.T. Favorite Ride, Then & Now
E.T. is such a fun and awesome ride for all ages. On my most recent visit to Universal Orlando, it was still that same amazing fun ride that I remembered it to be. It is nice to still have a classic ride in the park since, lots of the other classic rides have been taken out, i.e. Jaws. I love E.T. so much and have so many memories of this ride. I would recommend anyone to ride this. Perfect for all ages and a great family ride.
This Is My Most Favorite Ride!
My favorite theme parks are Disney and Universal. I'm a REALLY hardcore Disney fan. But, of the two, surprisingly, my ALL-TIME FAVORITE ride is E.T. There really aren't words the describe the magic of being a young child and seeing E.T. and Elliot fly across the moon right in front of your eyes or of hearing E.T. say your name for the very first time.
E.T. is a BIG deal to me because I grew up afraid of aliens, yet E.T. was an exception- for me, E.T. was like my secondary Barney the Dinosaur, I loved him that much. And that is why I so dearly love this ride, because it's a representation, to me, of a time in my life when I overcame a HUGE fear at a VERY young age (two years old) and learned to love an alien. I'm 20 and I still hold my life-sized talking E.T. I got at Universal when I was 9 (he was the last one they ever sold) tightly and cry every time I watch the movie and it gets to the part where they trick you into thinking E.T. is dying, when he really isn't (trust me, he isn't- I read the novel). I even love riding this ride about 10 times every time we go.
We just can't go without riding it at least 10 times. One of the last times I went, I remember I had on a red hoodie like Elliot's and I rode with my life-sized E.T. doll.
E.T. Stay Put
We love this ride would never miss a chance to do it. You go through the door and the cool air hits you and then you get the smells it's just awesome love walking through the woods and waiting for our bike. I don't think it should be changed or replaced with anything else EVERYONE loves to have something that reminds them of their childhood and a happy place and E.T. does this for me every time...
I think it's a very bad idea to replace e.t. for the smurfs.
E.t. ride is Awesome!!!!
E.T. STAY HOME
E.T. is about the only ride I go on when I visit Universal before heading over to Islands. It is my favorite ride in the whole park! I love the feeling of walking through the doors into a cool air-conditioned room to Steven Spielberg recruiting you for a planet saving mission on a hot day. And who doesn't love coming up with the silliest name you can think of for your interplanetary passport?! Or the thrill a child gets when E.T. says his own name after helping to save the green planet.
Another thing: the smell of the wooded area where you wait before getting onto the actual ride, is just amazing. It fits the atmosphere so well for one, but if someone could bottle that smell and sell it as a room spray I'd be all over it. I know some people feel the ride is a little dated, but a little facelift, maybe a minor change in the quality of the animatronics or the route of the bikes could solve that easily! Then Universal could even do a reopening for the 35th anniversary of the movie's release (2017) maybe. It wouldn't take much nor would it need to be done immediately.
This ride is a classic! One of the last original rides left. E.T. Adventure was already removed from the California park, let this one, this beloved ride, a favorite of people from all generations, stay in it's home at Universal Orlando. It would be a tragedy to replace it with a Smurf themed ride or any other. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was a fantastic movie that broke records and connected with people and it is still enjoyed today. Universal should be proud of it! Do not do away with it. Let the young and the old, the longtime fans and the first-experiencers delight in this adventure for years to come. As one would say, "If it ain't broke don't fix it".
The ET ride,(just like Jaws,Back to the future)is a staple ride of universal. Understanding you have to make changes,expand,redo etc,changing ET for the Smurfs?? A definate Downgrade! Cant think of Anyone who likes the Smurfs...but ET is known by all ages. Its an adorable ride and would be a shame to get rid of it.
E.T. a feel good Ride
My husband and I have been on this ride more than a dozen times over the past 2 visits to Universal and we absolutely adore it. I know that some people say that it needs a revamp but to me it was a travel back to a innocent time.
I understand it's an older ride and not for thrill seekers but it brings you back to your childhood and the possibility of anything being possible.
It's a feel good ride and I never leave it without a smile on my face. It's always one I look forward to when we visit the parks.
An 80's baby reliving her childhood
I love this ride! 1 simple reason..... It takes me back to when I was a child. I become a 9 year old again reliving my thoughts that i imagined back in the 80's as i watched this film. As you enter the attraction you are transported to the woodland the thoughts start becoming a reality. Not many people take in the sights of the queue up area.... I urge you to spend time looking at the objects, taking in the sights and even the smells. It really does add the the overall affect the attraction has.
When asked for my name the first time I ride I give my real one. Then as I got back a second, third or even fourth time I give random names. My family and I have always done this ever since our first visit in 1995 when I was 14 years old. My cousin and I have a great time thinking up some really wacky and unique names.
I love the bikes you ride, I love the story, I love everything that makes E.T what it is and the choked up feeling you get when you fly in front of that moon is unbelievable.
Yes the ride itself could do with some updating as it is reflecting a film from 30 years ago.... But please Universal don't touch it! It provides us 30somethings with a bit of nostalgia and this is why I come back to this attraction every time I visit.
An unexpected treat
I had never been to Universal until my Honeymoon a couple of years ago. Before that time, I had always wanted to see the “cool” or intense rides. At no point would I have imagined that one of my favorite experiences would be E.T.. Yet, there is something so sweet and magical about this ride. You don’t have to think; you can just sit back and enjoy this tranquil and wondrous little adventure. Not only does it make you feel like you are part of the world the movie created, it allows you to feel like a kid again.
Needless to say, E.T. quickly became we must see ride that we enjoyed many times over. If you are planning a trip to Universal and have not been on this before, make time to do so. It’s the perfect park experience for children of all ages.
E.T. ride through the redwoods
This ride is a Universal classic and gives the guest the ability to step inside the world of E.T. from E.T.'s point of view. You become "Elliot" from the movie riding your bike through the forest to help get E.T. home but actually for me the best part is the queue area where you are in a redwood forest at night. Modern ride technology has surpassed this dated attraction and parts are certainly hokey but it is still entertaining. The little ones will love it and E.T. fans will enjoy it. You just have to accept the ride for what it is - not everything can be a 5 star rating but even 3 stars can be entertaining. Be sure to listen closely at the end of the ride for E.T. to say your name as it is hard to hear.
Nostalgia is not enough anymore
Out of nostalgia, and the fact that I am watching the movie right now, I give this ride a 3. However, I do think it needs to be revamped and that it can be made a lot better.
This is one of the rides I nick name a "Small World" ride. When I ride It's a Small World I ride it because of nostalgia, not because it is great and I know those younger than me will soon not understand that. Therefore, I think this ride needs to be renovated. I do not want to see it replaced with another ride all together, but the scenery is old and the characters look worn.
Also, I'm sure in the past when E.T. said your name it was revolutionary. However, now it just seems like a crazy amount of work to do just for that.
Again, older people will appreciate this ride, but as we get a newer generation it will soon just become a relic unless it gets modified. However, it is a good introduction to the movie for children who have never seen it.
We loved E.T. when my daughter was 4, and again when she was 8.
We love the E.T. ride. The queue going up to the ride is a really neat trip through a forest. You get to see the phone E.T. used to "phone home". My daughter loves the flying sensation you get on this ride. We loved it when she was 4 years old, and still enjoyed it when she was 8 this year. We didn't find it to be scary at all. I hope this ride stays for a long time to come!
ET is Awesome!
ET was such an awesome ride! It was a great nostalgia trip for my wife and Out turned out to be my 5-year-old son's favorite ride. We loved it so much that we ended up riding it over 5 times...it was the last ride he wanted to go on before leaving the park on the final day . We have heard that it may be renovated into a Smurf ride next year...PLEASE, NO!! it would be a shame to have an iconic piece of American filmmaking replaced by a movie that my family actually got up and left because it was so horrible! If the powers that be read these reviews, please do not allow this to happen--it would break our son's (and his parent's and big sister's) heart!
E.T. is a classic and needs to stay!!
E.T. is a wonderful ride, a perfect delight! So what if the movie is over 30 years old and the ride isn't scary? Its called nostalgia and a classic! Plus E.T. is the last original ride of the park. Getting rid of E.T. would be like getting rid of Haunted Mansion at Disney! Its a fun ride that the whole family can enjoy together and its got a fun ending too! I love that they personalize the ending, its something I always saw them doing with figment at epcot too actually. Long live E.T.!
ET is a classic; my kids loved it!
The wait time for ET was 45 minutes when we were there, so thank goodness for Express Passes! We waited a mere 10 minutes in anticipation, as I hadn't ridden ET since it was in Universal Hollywood, before they morphed it into The Mummy.
The queue is amazing... makes you feel like you're in the movie. My son even said, "Did they film the movie HERE?"
True, the ride is a bit dated... the mannequins (can we even call them animatronics?) are not believable, but who cares?
It's a unique and fun ride, and those Baby ETs are worth it!
We would definitely ride again, and it is highly recommended to everyone. (Especially if you take OI's advice and watch the movie before you go to the park!)
I have ridden this ride every time I have visited the park in the last 23 years. I loved it back in 1990 and its still a nostalgic "must ride" now with my children and young nieces. Would be such a shame if the last remaining ride was shut and replaced :(
Desperately needs an overhaul
The queue into this ride is really something, as the immersive feeling of the forest is both spooky and exciting. The ride carriages (4 bicycles in a row on which the riders sit) are also very unique for any of the rides in the park and the sensation of travelling on them as they soar through the air during the ride is a lot of fun.
The ride however is quite desperately in need of a HUGE update. The ride is very, very similiar to the Peter Pan ride in Magic Kingdom, however the Peter Pan ride doesn't have incredibly advanced and state of the art rides to contend with in Magic Kingdom; this ride does. The animatronics in the ride look incredibly dated and the ride track itself can become a little boring.
I think that the ride should definitely remain a staple of Universal, but I feel they need to update the animatronics and (and I feel some people may disagree with this, but I feel it's necessary) add some video screens into ride in order to boost the visual experience. I also feel that the bicycle track could really benefit from at least one rollercoaster style drop to add an element of thrill to the experience. It doesn't have to a huge one, just something that the whole family could get a kick out of at some point in the ride.
A ride ahead of it's time is now way behind
This ride was way ahead of it's time when it opened, with the feeling of flying almost reminiscent to that of Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey. The queue is stunning, you really feel like you get transported in to the world of E.T. and the woods where most of the E.T. action took place. Then you get on the ride which has one of the best sensations of flying a ride has, but the animatronics are highly lacking. The sounds don't line up with the ride car. The only impressive part of the actual ride itself is flying over the city which is actually quite breathtaking.
Queue and 1st half make up for weird 2nd half
Very few rides have that iconic stature. Pirates and Mansion at WDW do, but many others (and I'm including It's a Small World in this group) don't age nearly as well. As a fan of the movie Jaws, I didn't think that that the Jaws attraction at USF was iconic other than it was different than anything else in the park. ET, now that's iconic.
The queue is one of the best for any ride in any theme park in Orlando. The recreation of the forest and the ambient noise and sound take you completely into a new environment. The first part of the actual attraction, especially flying over the city and going into "space" are great but the super weird ending on ET's home planet. I'm not sure how effective the "name" thing is at the end of the ride, but I actually noticed and heard my name and several other people I was with on the ride on my last visit.
Needs update badly
The queue is the best part of the ride. The actual ride needs an update. The animatronics are very dated and you can barely hear ET speak at the end.
I loved ET as a child and I love seeing my children experience it now. Our favorite part is when ET thanks us all by name at the end.
Photo op in ride store
You did not mention that after the ride in the ride store. There are places were families can get their photos taken with E.T in different E.T movie locations.
Love the classics
Love the queue for this ride after the pre-show. The dark forest not only is believable but gives a much needed break from the Orlando heat. You ride your bike across the galaxy and get a glimpse of E.T.'s home planet as his healing powers restore what was a doomed planet. Great stuff, I think this is the only original ride left, hope they leave it.
Old but Classic
This ride feels a little old but is a classic, the personalized name voice feature needs improvement. I would not wait long lines for this ride if im not a fan
Oldie but Goodie!!
I have always loved this ride ever since I was little. Even being 21 riding I still love the set up of the adventure. Its a big reminder in the park that not everything needs 3D and computer graphics, I wish there was more rides like this one.
Always been one of my faves
Even though this is the last surviving originals of USF it's still a must-do on my list. It's a typical dark ride and in the world of great effects and 3d it may seem outdated but go in with an open mind and stay young at heart and you'll enjoy this as much as I do.
This a great throwback to the 80's. if you've got small kids definitely take them on this but watch it with them on DVD before you go. If you don't have small kids ride it anyway it will take you back in time. I hope it doesn't got the way of jaws and back to the future.
An attraction for all ages!
I know a lot of people groan at the mention of E.T. but it is one of the few original Universal attractions left and I LOVE it! I love that the ride is all real sets vs. screens or projections. I really enjoy the whole story line of this attraction and how you climb aboard a bike to make your journey to E.T.'s planet - don't worry, no pedaling required!
I see adults, young children and all ages in between enjoying this ride. I also think it is appealing because it is a ride/attraction that families can enjoy together on the same ride vehicle.
Lovely little ride
I love this ride - it's really sweet (until it goes a bit trippy at the end) and the name check at the end is a really nice touch. They should bottle the air in the walk through area - it's incredible! Really fresh. They should have sleep overs in the forest area. Although its an older ride I really hope it doesnt fall victim to all the updates/new rides being carried out in the park.