Universal Studios Florida has announced it will close its classic Jaws ride at the beginning of next year.
The Jaws ride was one of the original attractions available to park goers when Universal opened in 1990.
Fans of the classic 1975 film in which a giant great white shark harasses and snacks on natives of Amity, a New England resort island, currently have the chance to wander an Amity-esque setting populated by Universal employees. They can then board a boat for a ‘tour’ of the island. At some point Jaws makes his appearance and attacks the boat.
“Jaws has been an amazing attraction and an important part of our history,” Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said. “We know that Jaws holds a special place in the hearts of our guests. But we always have to look to the future and dedicate ourselves to providing new, innovative entertainment experiences for our guests.” He said the ride is being closed “to what will be an exciting new attraction experience.”
Employees who currently work on the ride or in the surrounding Amity-themed setting will be moved to other areas of the park. Nearby rides Disaster! And Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Review will not be affected by the closing.
Schroder did not say what new ride will replace Jaws, but there is conjecture that it will be Transformers-themed.