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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Guest reviews of E.T. Adventure
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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.