Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Be the Final Time-travelers on 'Back to the Future - the Ride' and Take a Chance at Winning a Collectible DeLorean as Doc Brown Sets the Ride on a Countdown to Its Last Mission on Labor Day, September 3, 2007
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., July 23 -- After thrilling over 61 million visitors with wild rides across "the space-time continuum," the ground-breaking "Back to the Future - The Ride" attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will soar into the future for the very last time on Labor Day, September 3, 2007. Fans of the attraction will also have an opportunity to take the last ride and drive off as the owner of one of the stainless steel 1981 DeLoreans that served as inspiration for Doc Brown's flux capacitor-equipped time machines.
"Back to the Future - The Ride" blends breakthrough simulator technology with a cutting-edge Omni-max 70mm film to create a total sensory experience. A signature attraction at "The Entertainment Capital of L.A." for over 14 years, the ride is being closed to make way for the introduction of a new thrill ride based on the enormously popular "The Simpsons" TV series and movie. The Simpsons ride is slated to debut in Spring 2008.
"Back to the Future - The Ride" was introduced in 1993 as a continuation of the Oscar(R)-winning blockbuster "Back to the Future" film trilogy directed by Robert Zemeckis and executive produced by Steven Spielberg for Universal Pictures. The attraction features an eight-seat convertible DeLorean Time Travel Vehicle that elevates the theme park ride experience to an unprecedented level of detail, beginning with an artfully staged queue line experience that helps set up the ride's narrative storyline.
At the center of "Back to the Future-The Ride" is an original film, masterfully designed to interface with the simulator's technology by an award-winning team of filmmakers, including Oscar(R)-winning and three-time Oscar(R) nominated director Douglas Trumbull, Oscar(R)-nominated cinematographer David K. Kennedy and Oscar(R)-nominated writer Bob Gale.
With imitation being the most sincere form or flattery, the ride has inspired many replicas at other theme parks worldwide since its gala 1993 premiere at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Fewer than 10,000 DeLorean automobiles were built at the company's Northern Ireland factory. The car was notable for its futuristic design, including a stainless steel exterior and top-opening gull-wing doors. The 1981 DeLorean that Universal Studios Hollywood will give away has been driven with just over 60,000 miles. Officials at the studio are unable to estimate how many millions of years the vehicle has traveled in the space-time continuum. To learn more about winning the DeLorean, guests can log on to http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/ or visit the theme park to register at specially-created "Back to the Future" kiosks.