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1204505 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-12-02 18:30:11.0 UTC 2011-12-02T13:30:11.000-05:00 iconic-jaws-ride-will-close-at-universal-in-januarybr-br- Published 2011-12-03 03:28:21.0 UTC 2011-12-02T22:28:21.000-05:00 features/travel/attractions DTI 85507339 The Universal Orlando Jaws attraction, one of the park's original iconic rides, is getting beached on Jan. 2, park officials announced Friday, to make way for a new, as-yet-unnamed attraction. The Amity area surrounding the attraction, with its photo-friendly giant shark, will also close. "We must always work to provide new, innovative entertainment experiences for our guests," Universal officials said in a statement. "We know Jaws holds a special place in the hearts of our guests, and we have put a great deal of thought and care into this decision." Park officials said they are eager to share details of their plans for the area, and will make an announcement in "due time." The news comes not long after Universal announced it was opening a second Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios' California location. The Jaws ride, based on the 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, took tour boats full of guests down a river as they are attacked by a robotic great white shark. Jaws will join the list of classic films now extinct at Universal attractions, including the shuttered King Kong, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and Earthquake. But we do still have The Mummy, The Simpsons and Twister. Ah, kids these days. By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer Features,Travel,Attractions,breaking-news Iconic 'Jaws' ride will close at Universal in January SWYNNEN The attraction based on the 1975 Steven Spielberg film will carry its final passengers come January. 4STB Main 'Jaws' ride to bite the dust 4 jawsclosed120311 'Jaws' ride to bite the dust 2011-12-03 05:00:00.0 UTC 2011-12-03T00:00:00.000-05:00 A mechanical shark threatens a boat in the Jaws ride at Universal Studios shortly after the park&#8217;s opening in June 1990. The ride is closing to make room for a new attraction, about which park officials are eager to share details &#8220;in due time.&#8221; resources/images/dti/2011/12/b4s_shark120311_201762a.jpg Orlando Sentinel resources/images/dti/rendered/2011/12/b4s_shark120311_201762a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2011/12/b4s_shark120311_201762a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/12/02/85507339-iconic-jaws-ride-will-close-at-universal-in-januarybr-br- StaffArticle 2012-11-20 04:01:51.0 UTC 2012-11-19T23:01:51.000-05:00 features,travelWorld TravelThe Universal Orlando Jaws attraction, one of the park's original iconic rides, is getting beached on Jan. 2, park officials announced Friday, to make way for a new, as-yet-unnamed attraction.Features,Travel,Attractions,breaking-newsFeatures,Travel,Attractions,breaking-newsSharon Kennedy Wynne 380132 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:50:12.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:50:12.000-04:00 sharon-kennedy-wynne published 2015-02-05 03:30:44.0 UTC 2015-02-04T22:30:44.000-05:00 Sharon Kennedy Wynne <p>Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do things">Things To Do</a>, but also veers off into stories of parenting on the <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/moms/">Whoa, Momma!</a> blog, as well as cool gadgets or whatever captures her short attention span. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown <i>Times</i> in 1994. She is married and has two sons.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35363998 Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things To Do, but also veers off into stories of parenting on the Whoa, Momma! blog, as well as cool gadgets or whatever captures her short attention span. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8595</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:wynne@tampabay.com">wynne@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/SharonKWn">@SharonKWn</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/moms/">Whoa, Momma!</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Wynne_Sharon_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35363998-sharon-kennedy-wynne AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:50:12.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:50:12.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2276911 2016-05-11 21:01:24.0 UTC 3 Months Ago video-busch-gardens-releases-video-of-new-cobras-curse-ride features/travel/attractions Busch Gardens releases video of new Cobra's Curse ride StaffArticle 2264667 2016-02-09 15:49:34.0 UTC 6 Months Ago video-manatees-flood-into-three-sisters-springs-close-water-access-to features/travel/attractions Video: Manatees flood into Three Sisters Springs, close water access to vistors StaffArticle <p>The Universal Orlando <i>Jaws </i>attraction, one of the park's original iconic rides, is getting beached on Jan. 2, park officials announced Friday, to make way for a new, as-yet-unnamed attraction.</p> <p>The Amity area surrounding the attraction, with its photo-friendly giant shark, will also close. </p> <p>&quot;We must always work to provide new, innovative entertainment experiences for our guests,&quot; Universal officials said in a statement. &quot;We know <i>Jaws</i> holds a special place in the hearts of our guests, and we have put a great deal of thought and care into this decision.&quot;</p> <p>Park officials said they are eager to share details of their plans for the area, and will make an announcement in &quot;due time.&quot; The news comes not long after Universal announced it was opening a second Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios' California location.</p> <p>The <i>Jaws </i>ride, based on the 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, took tour boats full of guests down a river as they are attacked by a robotic great white shark. </p> <p>Jaws will join the list of classic films now extinct at Universal attractions, including the shuttered <i>King Kong, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters</i> and <i>Earthquake</i>. But we do still have <i>The Mummy, The Simpsons </i>and<i> Twister</i>. Ah, kids these days.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:45:07