Twister: Ride It Out to Close at Universal Orlando on November 2, 2015

Monday night, it was revealed that “Twister: Ride It Out” will be closing at Universal Orlando on November 2 to make room for a new attraction, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Twister: Ride It Out at Universal Orlando

“Twister: Ride It Out” opened May 4, 1998, and was themed after the popular 1986 disaster movie, Twister.

The attraction features four main areas: the Queue, where guests wait; the Pre-Show, featuring Twister stars Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt talking about the movie; Aunt Meg’s Kitchen post-tornado, where Paxton and Hunt continue the story; and the Drive-In, where guests actually get to experience a mock-twister with high winds, faux lightning, and flying water.

I have to admit, I was never much of a fan of this attraction. I hated when we had to walk between rooms because nobody would move at the same rate, and when we were in the drive-in scene, I always got a face full of water because I’m short. Also, having grown up in the midwest and experienced a few real tornadoes, reliving it at the attraction wasn’t a big thrill for me.

How about you? Did you enjoy “Twister: Ride It Out” or are you excited to see it close for the Jimmy Fallon attraction? Let us know in comments.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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