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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E.T GO HOME !!!
Any chance of capturing the magic of this timeless film were lost once we went through the arrival doors at this ride !!!. If you hadnt seen the film before the ride you sure wouldnt after it..... We know it was a 1980's film but PLEASE bring it into the 2000's....
Welcome Home, You've Arrived
Though it's old, full of creepy looking aliens, and generally weird, this ride is a classic at Universal. It functions on the same level that the classic Peter Pan Dark Ride does in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. I love it, but let's just say I never want to visit E.T's home planet for longer than 2 or 3 minutes.
Fun Tip: Wakabayashi is my favorite name in the E.T database, and he will say your name at the end of the ride in gloriously outdated fashion.
Still Holds Up
While ET Adventure is old and the animatronics aren't on par with many newer dark rides, the ride still holds up as an exciting and heart-warming adventure from Steven Spielberg's classic movie. It was one of the first rides I ever rode at Universal, and, while not as exciting as it once was for me, still holds up as a classic and fun experience that the whole family can enjoy.
The Definition of Classic
I agree with the other people on here- it's simply the best of feelings that one gets when experiencing this ride. That wonderful, not quite describable smell that they somehow achieve in there makes the forest seem even more realistic- I'd say it's my favorite, most enjoyable queue in all of the Universal Orlando Resort, and possibly in all of Florida. I wish the wait time would be longer so that I could enjoy it, because it's really that cool (or I'm just weird). Then, as soon as I get on the actual ride, I instantly become three years old again, the age I was when I first rode it (of course, most other rides have since been replaced). Sure, the animatronics are a little dated, but it doesn't take away from the ride. Universal has managed to preserve its last few drops of nostalgia in this ride, making it an asset, and the one thing that can stand the test of time.
Final Classic Universal Movie Ride
After Jaws was closed in my eyes ET is the final ride that is based on a real Universal classic. Even though the ride is not thrilling, neither does it need a 4D simiulator or to be a roller-coaster but it is a classic ride in its own right and is very popular.
Firstly, the queue again of this classic ride is done superbly and introduces you to the wood featured in the film and ETs family. The smell of the wood Universal have used is the strangest but most interesting smell I have ever witnessed in a ride queue. I have not got a clue what the use.
I love this ride, because getting on the bike ride vehicle and going through the story of ET is really quite magical. The ride brings out my inner child and brings me back to when I was a child and first watched the ET films.
Although the ride is dated and one of the last remaining Universl classic movie rides, I really really hope it is not replaced by Universal as I and I am sure many of those who visit Universal love the ride. It is different to anything else at Universal and no other ride can give that same child like feeling that this ride gives.
This ride is a CLASSIC! My favourite part is in the line whilst walking though the forest and also when ET calls your name out!
I love the whole setting, it's also very chilly inside!
Magic In Your Bike Basket
This ride is magical. The animatronics are a bit outdated but the story is awesome. Every time I go on this ride, I remember the first time I saw the movie and instantly, I'm beaming like a little kid. The best seat is definitely in the front row to be as close to ET as possible. It isn't very up there for thrill seekers but it is sweet and fun for the whole family.
On the last visit, there was a small child sitting next to me and he was so enthralled by the ride and the atmosphere it was infectious! That made the classic even better for me.
Favorite ride overall
My favorite is E.T it's a gentle ride but so smooth and well gentle!! This was the first ride my daughter would ride at the parks and after that I had to say this ride is like E.T just for her to ride it. Now she is ready to ride all the roller coasters! We live 19 hours drive away and plan on being there in 2 weeks!!!
Jurassic park river adventure
I went to universal with my best friend in June of 2002.
We went to the island of adventures. I wanted to go on the Jurassic park river adventure. we got there i was nervous about going on the ride because i was not used to going on rides. So my friend told me it would be fun. and the ride maintenance worker said he would go on it with us. So i went on the ride and it was great the themeing the dinosaurs looked real.I like the drop at the end i was nervous but it was a lot of fun.
After i rode that ride i wanted to go on again. I would tell people to go on this ride because it really like your in the movie!
Classic feel of classic movie
This ride is one of the last remaining original attractions at Universal. I hope that is stays there for a very long time. I love the ride\'s line queue . It is the best ever. It feels like I am IN the movie. It is the only ride where I would rather stand in line than get on the ride. The first half of the ride is great. It has familiar scenes from the movie that everyone can recognize and enjoy. I wish the whole ride had just been scenes from the movie. The ride loses itself when you go to his planet. It is too long and unfamiliar.
They could have found middle ground by having more scenes from the movie and then a short trip to his planet where he could day goodbye. The animatronics on the ride are somewhat disappointing because the line queue is so impressive. Never the less, great family fun!
Nostalgia is sweet
I've ridden E.T. in past trips to USF at least 3 times and it has always been a favorite for my entire family. It's a ride that we will always make time for at USF. I don't remember giving our names before, but that's a cute addition, (especially if you give the names of your alter-egos--Ron and Hermione?). The beginning of the ride is my favorite part which is like the movie. You are riding a "bike" through the town and flying over. Then comes the part that may need an update. It's visiting E.T.'s planet and all his friends. If the movie get's released again, this ride will be more relevant. It appeals to kids, but most young ones these days haven't seen it unless their parents are big E.T. fans like us. I hope this ride never leaves the park, because it's still an oldie but a goodie.
Oooo, That Smell!
Dated and not extremely exciting.
Maybe it\'s because I\'m a child of the 80s, but those descriptions don\'t stop the E.T. Adventure from being my favorite attraction out of BOTH Universal Resort theme parks.
I have ridden this ride more times than I can count, but it never gets old. As I wait in line, I can\'t help but think that I actually WANT to wait. Unfortunately, the sweaty tourists in line move along quickly and I have but a few minutes to enjoy my quick hike through the forest where E.T. was left behind. As the line moves along I almost break my neck to look behind and get just one more look at the contraption E.T. used to signal home.
And that smell! THAT is why I don\'t want the queue to move! Musty, dingy, woodsy. Forget alcohol, Facebook, cigarettes, and coffee. If there is one thing I\'m addicted to in life it\'s that intoxicating smell. That\'s what makes the whole experience worth while!
Finally, I reach my bicycle and hop on to help E.T. make it home. The ride is relaxing as I swoop up and down. Then, with E.T.\'s help, I begin to take flight. I enjoy watching the cheesy animatronic sheriff below. His lips don\'t even move as he speaks and I always find myself laughing at him shouting an insincere, \"WHOA!\" as we fly a little to close to him. Very cheesy indeed, but I\'m loving it. The highlight of the ride, though, is coming up. I look down and see how high I\'m really flying. Tiny buildings and cars of a city beneath me glow in the night. I could get stuck at this point and enjoy sitting here for hours. Continuing on, I\'m so high that my silhouette is cast upon the moon just like in the movie. Finally, we get a peak at E.T.\'s home planet. Little funky aliens of every size serenade me as they dance on colorful flora from the Green Planet. As I sit beside my son and watch him enjoying the show I get a lump in my throat and my eyes get a bit misty.
I never know what it is that makes me emotional on this ride. Is it the ride itself or the fact that I\'m able to enjoy and share something from MY childhood with my son? And as my journey comes to an end, E.T. tells me goodbye by name. Sometimes I understand him, sometimes he speaks gibberish, but all is good. I take in one last whiff of the musty air and look forward to my next adventure with E.T.
Simple and Enjoyable
This is what I call an "Average" ride at Universal. While certainly not a headline must-do, it is very enjoyable. It is similar to (and better than) Peter Pan's Flight. It has the same concept of flying above scenes, but it is more elaborate than that. I still say it is simple, because if you compare it to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, it is. It is a good ride, and I suggest trying it, since the wait is usually low.
What can I say, E.T. is a classic and iconic theme ride that never should close. A treasure to young and old. Now, after saying that, I feel the ride looks and feels tired. It is need of a much deserved update. It could benefit from some of the state of art visuals and sound. If it can be refurbished, it would be a great ride again.
A classic enjoyment
This ride is great for almost all ages. It is great for kids with the thrill of the ride and the scenery. I loved going through the line with all of the nature all around it felt so mystical. I also loved that at the end of the ride ET says your name, it definetly brings you back to being a child again. We couldnt leave the park without riding ET since its a classic. I cant wait to bring my children there to experience it.
Fun With a Hint of Mildew
I had always somehow managed to walk past ET Adventure until my last visit. It was a pretty boring and outdated que with a 10 minute wait time listed. We somehow wound up waiting 30 minutes. The ride was cute but outdated. I loved the bicycle seating arrangements. The only thing I feared was that it smelled like mildew inside the building. It made me feel bad for the employees working it to breathe it in all day.
However, like a number of other reviewers have said, I think ET should be something of a landmark to Universal as it has been there for so long. Update, don't take down!
WUT JUST HAPPENED?!
I have not seen ET since I was a little one but what did I just witness?! I felt as if I was on drugs. I'm giving it 4 stars for the WTF that I experienced.
I agree with other reviewers that E.T could use a little updating, but I do not, repeat do NOT want them to get rid of the attraction altogether. As a 6 year old, this was my all time favourite ride. Who hasn't seen E.T.? Or at least aware of who is he? I mean everyone knows the cute little extra terrestrial who just wants to return home! It's a nice little ride where you ride on a bicycle and take E.T back to his home planet, plus it's a nice little extra to see how his planet would look as this is not shown in the movie at all. And yes, the ending is slightly temperamental where he says goodbye to all the passengers but it is still a nice touch. My name always comes out something along the lines of Awooeeya instead of Elysia, so nowadays I say something else just to test his language skills. Haha!
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.