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BTTF The Ride: 2

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OK, so I know this has been discussed a number of times, but surely us hardcore fans can at least get a thread together that's so popular and has such good feedback, that Universal will take it seriously and consider an updated BTTF ride?

The ride was absolutely legendary, and still held its own against the likes of the amazing Spiderman right up until the day that it came to an end. I was lucky enough to experience the BTTF ride not only as a kid, but also in adulthood. I was devastated when I heard the news that it was being replaced. Not only was this ride epic, it was heritage, a true testament to the creaters, Universal Studios, and their park.

This isn't a Simpsons bashing thread by any means. It's a great ride and deserves a place in the park. I have to commend the design team highly, and I'm really looking forward to going on this again when we visit this October, but surely Universal should/could have extended or kept half of the building as BTTF whilst giving it a bit of an update?

It's good that Universal have kept some key parts of the film around the park, but if anything, it reminds me of some of the best times of my life, and that I can no longer ride it again. I guess i'd rather have these bits around for memories than not at all, but it's just a strange feeling.

I'm betting that BTTFs true popularity was gauged from their recent(ish) re-release of the Trilogy on Blu-Ray. Surely they can see that there is still a humongous fanbase for a BTTF attraction? This is the kind of film that gets more popular with age so would be a worthy investment for Universal also.

I'm now 25 so this film came out the year I was born. 25 years later, and it's one of, if not THE best film(s) i've ever seen. Films these days just don't seem to have the excitement of the 80s/90s. They all depend too much on special effects and bad/cheesey acting rather than hard work and a true passion for excellence like BTTF.

I realise this has been done many times on the likes of Facebook and various other sites, but I'm hoping that giving Universals official involvement with this excellent game series, and the huge fanbase here, that this thread can hopefully grow and be highlighted by the developers and mods to the powers that be.

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  • Perhaps what they mean by 'to be continued' on the end of the series is that.....somebody on March 30th 2007 managed to drive away in one of the rides Deloreans and go back in time to erase any existence of the Simpsons to ensure that the best ride in the world is kept in Universal where it belongs!

  • @ShadowX81 said: If anything, the prequels alienated the younger generation from star wars. BTTF has managed to hold up without andy of the merchandise and crappy tie-in stories. That says something.

    The Simpsons doesnt' have 1/10 the staying power. Atleast not anymore.

    Yeah, the younger generation hates Star Wars. That's why it has a successful cartoon series going into its 4th season and sells a ton of action figures, Legos, and video games.

    Because the kids hate it.

    Let me know next time you see a ten year old clamoring for a Doc Brown action figure.

    As for the Simpsons, are you really trying to make the argument that a cartoon that came out the same year as Back to the Future 2, still airs new episodes, airs reruns in syndication all over the place, and recently had a successful film that brought in over $500 million has no staying power?

    Please, guys. Take off your fanboy goggles and try to think about what you're saying objectively.

  • @Scnew said: Yeah, the younger generation hates Star Wars. That's why it has a successful cartoon series going into its 4th season and sells a ton of action figures, Legos, and video games.

    Because the kids hate it.

    Let me know next time you see a ten year old clamoring for a Doc Brown action figure.

    As for the Simpsons, are you really trying to make the argument that a cartoon that came out the same year as Back to the Future 2, still airs new episodes, airs reruns in syndication all over the place, and recently had a successful film that brought in over $500 million has no staying power?

    Please, guys. Take off your fanboy goggles and try to think about what you're saying objectively.

    We may be 'fanboys' but as I said previously, I would guarantee that BTTF is far more popular than King Kong. Just look at the extras on the 25th anniversary Blu-Ray, it was a humongous success like nothing before, and those fans are very much still around now and visit Universal with their kids, not to mention all the fans it's still collecting today. This was proven with the re-release of the film to the cinema last year also. I agree that Star Wars is still extremely popular, i've never disputed that, but it just goes to show that the classics are making a comeback and I still stand by the fact that a return of the ride would be a massive success.

    The old ride had a few old/whussy reporters say that it was 'jerky'...?! What did they exactly want from a flying delorean? A smooth slow relaxing cruise? Perhaps they should have gone on Soarin instead. However, new technology would keep the minority of visitors who like smoother motion happy.

    Anyway, the minority on here can rebel, most of which never went on this amazing ride and one who watched it on his blu-ray collection (lmao!) but it doesn't stop Universal from KNOWING it would be a very popular return and would give Disney a bloody good run for their money with their new Star Wars attraction.

  • @lukebrynycz said: Anyway, the minority on here can rebel, most of which never went on this amazing ride and one who watched it on his blu-ray collection (lmao!) but it doesn't stop Universal from KNOWING it would be a very popular return and would give Disney a bloody good run for their money with their new Star Wars attraction.

    I was on BTTF The Ride in 1999. It was fun. I'd go on it again if I happened to be at Universal and it was there, but would I make the trip to Universal just to see it again? No. I like Back to the Future more then I like The Simpsons (currently anyway) but I would be much more likely to go there to experience something new. BTTF The Ride really isn't that amazing. What age were you when you were on it? I can't really imagine being as enamored with it as you guys are.

  • @Scnew said: Yeah, the younger generation hates Star Wars. That's why it has a successful cartoon series going into its 4th season and sells a ton of action figures, Legos, and video games.

    Because the kids hate it.

    Let me know next time you see a ten year old clamoring for a Doc Brown action figure.


    There are no Doc Brown action figures. No legos, and up to now no video games. And it still has the same staying power.

    What im saying is that BTTF doesnt have all that crappy merchandise and prequel films, and yet the film still draws in the fans exactly the same as it did when it came out.

    As for the Simpsons, are you really trying to make the argument that a cartoon that came out the same year as Back to the Future 2, still airs new episodes, airs reruns in syndication all over the place, and recently had a successful film that brought in over $500 million has no staying power?


    Um..... yea. When is the last time you or anyone you know watched a new episode of The Simpsons? The movie pretty much sucked, and people only saw it out of nostalgia. The reruns are popular becuase they were actually good, but the new show sucks balls and stopped being a cultural phenomenon 10 years ago.

    Please, guys. Take off your fanboy goggles and try to think about what you're saying objectively.


    We are thinking objectivly

    Anyway, the minority on here can rebel, most of which never went on this amazing ride and one who watched it on his blu-ray collection (lmao!) but it doesn't stop Universal from KNOWING it would be a very popular return and would give Disney a bloody good run for their money with their new Star Wars attraction.


    Don't worry. We aren't the minority (clearly. look at the poll). Scnew is just an idiot.

  • @ShadowX81 said: There are no Doc Brown action figures. No legos, and up to now no video games. And it still has the same staying power.

    Explain what you mean then, please. What about the franchise is "staying"? There are no Doc Brown action figures because they wouldn't sell to the kids like Anakin Skywalker figures do. Fans haven't stopped liking it, sure, but what's creating new fans? Back to the Future The Game? It sold to BTTF fans or adventure game fans. And as a pretty bare bones adventure game, I have serious doubts that it would influence anyone who wasn't already a fan of the movies to go check them out.

    Um..... yea. When is the last time you or anyone you know watched a new episode of The Simpsons? The movie pretty much sucked, and people only saw it out of nostalgia. The reruns are popular becuase they were actually good, but the new show sucks balls and stopped being a cultural phenomenon 10 years ago.

    $527 million dollars and no one cares about it? How does this make sense to you? Nobody you know is watching The Simpsons, so clearly that means no one is watching it, right? Fox continues to pay for new episodes year after year because nobody's checking them out. Fox just likes to throw money away, right? Makes total sense to me.

    Don't worry. We aren't the minority. Scnew is just an idiot.

    Personal attacks? Classy, bro. Definitely shows what mature arguments you are capable of making.

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  • @Scnew said: Explain what you mean then, please. What about the franchise is "staying"? There are no Doc Brown action figures because they wouldn't sell to the kids like Anakin Skywalker figures do. Fans haven't stopped liking it, sure, but what's creating new fans? Back to the Future The Game? It sold to BTTF fans or adventure game fans. And as a pretty bare bones adventure game, I have serious doubts that it would influence anyone who wasn't already a fan of the movies to go check them out.


    Clearly you missed the point. BTTF doesn't need any crappy games or anything else to draw in fans. The movies do a good enough job by themselves. Were you by any chance paying attention last year when the movies were everywhere? Theatre re-release, blu rays, in every entertainment magazine?

    Its been so hard to get merchandise out not becuase "it wouldnt sell to the kids" as you claim without precedent, but because MJF has refused to sell his likeness until recently. And there is only so much merchandise you can make without the likeness of it's main character. Though FYI, a line of action figures is being produced by playmates toys and coming out next year.

    $527 million dollars and no one cares about it? How does this make sense to you?


    The film recieved mixed reviews at best and since its release has failed to hold any staying power. Major hype at release time equals major bucks, but if the film isnt good it dies in the consciousness of popular culture.

    Nobody you know is watching The Simpsons, so clearly that means no one is watching it, right? Fox continues to pay for new episodes year after year because nobody's checking them out. Fox just likes to throw money away, right? Makes total sense to me.


    Naw, it doesn't make sense to me. Clearly someone is watching it, but god knows who. Does anyone you know watch new episodes? Does anyone that anyone on this forum know watch new episodes? The series just kind of exists now. When is the last time you heard a refrence to the Simpsons in entertainment news? I actually had to check when I entered this thread to make sure the series was still on.

    Personal attacks? Classy, bro. Definitely shows what mature arguments you are capable of making.


    Wasn't an insult or attack. Just a pragmatic observation.

  • @ShadowX81 said: BTTF doesn't need any crappy games or anything else to draw in fans. The movies do a good enough job by themselves. Were you by any chance paying attention last year when the movies were everywhere? Theatre re-release, blu rays, in every entertainment magazine?

    You know, after you said this I was wondering how I missed this. I guess that's because it was apparently only in AMC theaters (there are none near me) for two nights. Y'know when that franchise that nobody cares about, Star Wars, re-released 20 years later, it was #1 at the box office the week it came out. Now that was hard to miss.

    The film recieved mixed reviews at best and since its release has failed to hold any staying power. Major hype at release time equals major bucks, but if the film isnt good it dies in the consciousness of popular culture.

    90% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes is mixed reviews? A domestic box office gross that's almost as high as BTTF 2 and 3 put together and adjusted for inflation. In your mind, what staying power is it supposed to have, besides the franchise continuing on and a second film being rumored to be in the works? I mean I gotta tell you, prior to the 25th anniversary and the game coming out, I don't feel like I was hearing about Back to the Future very much. Oh my god, perhaps that's why Universal got rid of the ride! Or maybe you'd like to argue that Universal Studios dropped BTTF the Ride arbitrarily without doing any research at all into which attractions draw in the crowds?

    Naw, it doesn't make sense to me. Clearly someone is watching it, but god knows who. Does anyone you know watch new episodes? Does anyone that anyone on this forum know watch new episodes?

    Does it really matter if you or I or our respective friends watch the Simpsons? I could know one person that does, I could know sixty people that do, that wouldn't change the fact that millions of people still tune into it every week.

    Seriously, make an argument other then "nobody cares anymore" because clearly somebody does.

  • @ShadowX81 said:
    Wasn't an insult or attack. Just a pragmatic observation.

    Whatever it was, puzzlebox made it clear. If you need further explanations, let us know.

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