Universal Studios Florida

New York

 

History and photos of the New York area of Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando.

Located just past Production Central and towards the rear of the theme park, the New York section of Universal Studios Florida is themed to our nation's biggest city.  Along with Los Angeles, California, New York City happens to be one of the most common settings for movies and television shows.

Universal Orlando - Universal Studios Florida - New York - 1991

When Universal Studios Florida opened on June 7, 1990, New York was host to several shows and attractions including Kongfrontation, Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice Dead In Concert.  As we know, Kongfrontation was plagued by technical problems for the first few months of operation, so New York really only had two shows for park guests.  The problems with the King Kong ride were eventually corrected and Kongfrontation quickly became one of the top attractions in all of Universal Studios Florida.

New York's first addition was The Blues Brothers in Chicago Bound, a live show on Delancey Street.  The show began performing in March of 1991.

A year later, New York experienced its first attraction removal as the Beetlejuice Dead In Concert show was moved to the San Francisco / Amity section of the park and changed to Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue.

Universal Orlando - Universal Studios Florida - New York - 1998 - 01 Universal Orlando - Universal Studios Florida - New York - 1998 - 02

The next major change to New York at Universal Studios Florida occurred when the Ghostbusters show was closed on November 8, 1996.  This would be replaced by Twister . . . Ride It Out, an attraction based on 1996's hit movie Twister and features a 30-foot tall simulated tornado.

Universal Orlando - Universal Studios Florida - New York - 2005 - 01 Universal Orlando - Universal Studios Florida - New York - 2005 - 02

The biggest change, however, occurred on September 8, 2002, when Kongfrontation closed its doors for good.  The King Kong ride was replaced by the Revenge of the Mummy thrill ride on May 21, 2004.

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One of the more ironic parts of today's version of the New York section of Universal Studios Florida is that neither of the two main attractions, Twister . . . Ride It Out and Revenge of the Mummy, have anything to do with New York City.  Their predecessors were both set in New York City.  On top of that, The Blues Brothers Show is based on a movie that takes place in Chicago, Illinois.

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Additional photo pages for New York include:

The Blues Brothers Show

Fast & Furious cars (EXTINCT!)

Kongfrontation (EXTINCT!)

Revenge of the Mummy

Twister . . . Ride It Out

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