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E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida

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E.T. Adventure entrance.
E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida

What is E.T. Adventure?

Help E.T. save his dying planet! E.T. Adventure, designed for the whole family, is a gondola-style dark ride that is very similar to Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom (with a little alien spin on It’s a Small World at the end). Journey to E.T.’s homeworld for intergalactic fun and, uh, interesting practical effects.

Where is E.T. Adventure located?

In Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, which is in Universal Studios Florida.

E.T. Adventure – height restrictions and other factors

Height requirement is 34 inches; has Express Pass access.

E.T. Adventure – what you wish you knew before you experienced it

E.T. personally thanks you for your help at the end of the ride, which is why the ride attendant asks for your name before entering the indoor queue. There’s no need to give him or her your legal name – feel free to share a goofy (but G-rated!) nickname for some extra fun.

How scary is E.T. Adventure?

E.T. Adventure queue entrance.
E.T. Adventure queue entrance

We rate this attraction one out of five Reese’s Pieces in terms of fear factor – it’s a slow-moving dark ride with no adrenaline-pumping drops or turns. Do keep in mind that, if you have small kids who haven’t seen E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial yet, his alien appearance and that of his friends may be a bit off-putting. (The wild-haired, pink Magdoll is particularly suspect.)


What was E.T. Adventure’s opening date?

June 7, 1990

E.T. Adventure – opening time reminder

When crowd levels are slow to moderate, the attractions inside Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, including E.T., typically do not open until 10:00 am – and you can expect them to open an hour earlier on days when the theme park is busy to very busy. Visit our Universal Orlando crowd calendar to get an idea of what your travel dates will have in store for you.

The opening time for each of the KidZone locations is listed in the in-park map, which you can pick up at the front of Universal Studios Florida.

E.T. Adventure – OI fun facts

E.T. Adventure is the last surviving ride from Universal Studios Florida’s very first day, and one of only a small handful of original attractions (along with the Horror Make-Up Show and Animal Actors on Location).

Also, during the ride, notice that E.T. only appears in your bike basket when you are about to fly!

E.T. Adventure – photo gallery

E.T. Adventure – real guest reviews

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E.T. Adventure
Average rating:  
 63 reviews
 by A wilson
ET best family ride
Date Of Last Visit: June 2015

Enjoyed the ET ride as I don't enjoy over the top rides that can make you feel sick I will never understand why they closed the jaws ride as it was great fun and "everlasting" like et .big excitement when your name gets called but disappointing as it was inaudible or out of sync

 by TheGreenPlanet
The E.T. Adventure Has Always Been My Favorite
Date Of Last Visit: May 20th 2013

I have grown up riding this ever since I was nine years old in 2001. I know that most rides now are super-high tech with a lot of simulation and screens, but that's just it. That's all those new rides really turn out to be. There is something to be said for rides like this in which you KNOW you could just reach out and really TOUCH a character if you really wanted to or were allowed to.

The older rides like this bring in a ring of reality that you just can't get on most other rides nowadays. Also, for the curious, when I last went, this ride had just been updated with a whole new set of computer systems. So, it HAS been updated. Also, the ride may smell like chlorine, but for me, that doesn't take away from the experience at all. I feel that sight, (knowing you could) touch and smell all bring this attraction into our sense of reality. The feeling is amazing and if you have a small child that has seen and enjoyed the E.T. film, they are going to love this with all of their heart.

I have seen little four year olds grin with excitement when their parents tell them that they are going to go on this ride, just as excited as I was when I first got on it.

 by Dawn
Extremely outdated!!!
Date Of Last Visit: September 4,2016

They just need to let ole E.T. go home and stay there. The entire ride looks like it was created in 1984. It is really weird....aliens are a little creepy and it smells really bad inside. I adore E.T. and this ride does not do him justice. They either need to give it a complete overhaul, or replace it altogether.

 by jason Bellamy
Date Of Last Visit: December 2014

Any chance of capturing the magic of this timeless film were lost once we went through the arrival doors at this ride !!!. If you hadnt seen the film before the ride you sure wouldnt after it..... We know it was a 1980's film but PLEASE bring it into the 2000's....

 by Daniel
Welcome Home, You've Arrived
Date Of Last Visit: 8/18/14

Though it's old, full of creepy looking aliens, and generally weird, this ride is a classic at Universal. It functions on the same level that the classic Peter Pan Dark Ride does in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. I love it, but let's just say I never want to visit E.T's home planet for longer than 2 or 3 minutes.

Fun Tip: Wakabayashi is my favorite name in the E.T database, and he will say your name at the end of the ride in gloriously outdated fashion.

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