Universal Studios Orlando is closing its Terminator 2 3D attraction after more than 20 years. The fact that T2 3D is closing isn’t all that surprising really, as Universal Orlando has a long habit of closing old attractions and then replacing them with new ones.
Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across Time debuted at the theme park in spring 1996, and was fairly revolutionary for its time. The attraction featured 3D footage of the stars of T2, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, telling a follow-up story to James Cameron’s iconic 1991 sequel. In addition to just video though, T2 3D employed live actors resembling their movie counterparts to add to the story in person, with the actors sometimes interacting with the footage shown. There were also lots of lighting effects and other cool tricks that helped to envelop the audience in the plot. Sadly, if you ever want to experience it, you better go soon.
EW reports that Terminator 2 3D will say hasta la vista, baby permanently on October 8. The attraction will be replaced by an “all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise” that’s set to open in 2019.
This will actually be the second time that fans of Universal Studios have had to say goodbye to Terminator 2 3D; back in 2012, Universal Hollywood closed down their version of the attraction. Hollywood replaced theirs with a Despicable Me motion simulator ride, but Orlando already has that ride, so whatever replaces T2 this time will likely be brand new to either Universal resort. There are no indications yet as to what the subject franchise might be, although a safe bet would be Fast and Furious, which only grows more popular with each film and has a ninth installment expected in 2019 – it’s definitely “high-energy“.
Terminator 2 3D is but one of many veteran rides and attractions that Universal Orlando has shuttered in the last decade or so, including Back to the Future: The Ride, Jaws, Kongfrontation, and Twister: Ride It Out.
As for the Terminator franchise itself, things are looking up. Creator James Cameron is returning to produce a new installment directed by Deadpool’s Tim Miller, with Arnold once again along for the ride. And for those wanting some 3D fun, Judgement Day itself was recently re-released in 3D.
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