Is Twister the next attraction that will be sucked out of Universal Studios?

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Universal Studios has gone through some major updates over the past few years, including new rides, shows and entertainment. With all of these updates taking place around the resort, many theme park bloggers have speculated on the demise of many of the older rides, including Twister…Ride It Out, writes Ken Storey in the Orlando Weekly.

The small attraction takes up prime real estate within the New York area of the park with an intellectual property that is neither a good fit thematically nor culturally relevant. Based on the 1996 hit film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, both of whom are in the first of two pre-shows for the attraction (they famously appear on separate screens, rumored due to a feud between the two stars), the attraction replaced Ghostbusters and features a short show that guests view while standing in line.

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While Universal has remained tight-lipped on the future of Twister, a recent move does give the closure rumors more legitimacy. Aftermath, the gift shop at the exit of the attraction, has recently closed and all Twister-themed merchandise has been cleared out, at least for the time being. The products, while Twister-themed, seemed to not include the dated film at all but instead consisted mostly of cow-themed items and country-themed merchandise.

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About Twister…Ride it Out – What it’s like to be a real storm chaser, looking a tornado right in the eye and braving the worst nature can throw at you. Twister…Ride it Out® re-creates all the nail-biting excitement and unforgettable moments from one of the most action-packed movies of all time.

Grab onto the railing or you’ll be sucked into the swirling vortex of a tornado measuring F5 on the Fujita scale. You’ll withstand the powerful winds, deafening roar and pulse-pounding intensity of a monster storm with a mind of its own. A voracious beast, the twister will consume everything in its path… shattering windows, hurling trucks, and crushing enormous signs in a total assault on your senses – with you right in the middle. From the first flying debris to its fiery conclusion, it’ll blow you away!


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