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Iconic 'Jaws' ride will close at Universal in January

A mechanical shark threatens a boat in the Jaws ride at Universal Studios shortly after the park’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 “in due time.”

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A mechanical shark threatens a boat in the Jaws ride at Universal Studios shortly after the park’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 “in due time.”

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.

Iconic 'Jaws' ride will close at Universal in January

12/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 10:28pm]

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