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UMU Field Trip 1: Universal Studios!

Universal Monsters Universe had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios last week and enjoy all the Universal Monsters fun the theme park had to offer.

UMU’s Steven and family were in Orlando, Florida from June 7th to June 14th.  While they were not affected by the tragedy that took place on Sunday, June 12th, Steven and UMU would like to extend thoughts, prayers, and well wishes to any and all that were touched by the senseless act of hate. We look forward to the day that the only real monsters in the world are the ones we enjoy on film.

Photo by Steven Biscotti

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios.  While in Florida, Universal Studios was a major priority to visit, especially considering their “Revenge of The Mummy,” “Universal Studios Classic Monsters Cafe,” and the “Horror Make-Up Show” attractions.  Universal Studios has always been one of my favorite theme parks and while the majority of us at UMU are all New York based, it’s not often we get to visit one of the best theme parks in the world.

Opening at 9 am EST, I was one of the first groups to enter the park and with no hesitation, made sure to head over to the New York section of Universal Studios, where “Revenge of The Mummy” is located.  It was very exciting to see “Revenge of The Mummy” in person because while photos online and across social media can easily be found to give one an idea of the attraction, there’s nothing quite like standing in front of the recreation of the Museum of Antiquities from the 1999 classic.

Universal Studios

Photo by Steven Biscotti

“Revenge of The Mummy” is a great destination for anyone that enjoyed The Mummy and The Mummy Returns as the whole attraction is designed to transport you to places inspired by the two hit films.  Upon walking through, the “Revenge of The Mummy” ride is supposed to tell the story of director/writer Stephen Sommers and co. developing a fictional sequel titled Revenge of The Mummy.  Complete with posters, faux production logs, and call sheets, “Revenge of The Mummy” does pay tribute to past Universal films such as The Mummy ’32 and its sequel The Mummy’s Hand.

The queue line, which I was fortunate to not have to wait on as I was able to enjoy the ride completely free of anyone else, is set up as an extras walk through for one of the film’s tomb sets.  The Jerry Goldsmith score from the 1999 original plays in the background, along with Alan Silvestri’s, with certain sound effects to raise the tension, excitement, and hype for the actual ride.  There’s also a video screen that plays a faux documentary on the making of the fictitious film Revenge of The Mummy that introduces us to Reggie, a hapless member of the production crew.  We meet him early on in the actual ride, but under more frightening circumstances.  Instead of fetching coffee for the film’s bigger cast and crew, we see him wrapped in bandages and warning us that “The curse is real; this whole place is a trap!”  And then an animatronic Imhotep sucks out his soul!

The actual ride lasts about three or so minutes and is relatively fast but extremely intense as you contend with drops, spins, immersion in total darkness, and a fire room.  The overall experience of “Revenge of The Mummy” is probably around six minutes or so.  What makes the ride so much fun, outside of the intensity, is that we get a little time with Stephen Sommers, Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep, and my favorite adventurer – Rick O’ Connell (Brendan Fraser).  The overall design and production value on “Revenge of The Mummy” is a lot of fun and while there have been certain rumblings about it eventually closing to usher in a “Secret Life of Pets” ride, it would be the attraction I seek out on my next Universal Studios Orlando visit.  (I rode “Revenge” three times in less than three hours.)

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For more of the technical details and history of the “Revenge of The Mummy” ride, make sure to check out Joe’s piece that was published back during our “March of Mummies” month of themed Mummy coverage. And keep an eye out on UMU’s Facebook and Instagram page for more photos of the classic monsters presence at Universal Studios.

I do recommend visiting “Revenge of The Mummy” while at Universal Studios and if you enjoy roller coasters and themed movie rides, you’ll love “Revenge.”  However, if roller coasters are not your thing, and your prone to some good old fashioned scares, then maybe you should avoid “Revenge” and just stick to some family friendly fun at the Classic Monsters Cafe and the “Horror Make-Up Show.”

The curse is real! The Mummy has arisen…wakened from his centuries-long slumber, the evil Imhotep is once again freed from his wraps, unleashing his wrath on all who dare enter the sacred temple.

Your only hope is to escape the Revenge of the Mummy, a roller coaster unlike anything that’s come before it. You’ll plunge in total darkness, plagued on all sides by huge fireballs, swarms of scarab beetles and an army of warrior mummies.

Universal Studios® has taken all the terrifying thrills and spine-tingling excitement of The Mummy motion pictures and placed you right in the middle of the action. Come face to face with the Mummy as he attempts to capture your soul for all eternity. Can you survive the awesome power of Imhotep’s curse…or will you be entombed inside forever?

  • The ride catapults guests at speeds up to 45 mph in virtual darkness.
  • Many of the Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls spell out real words and ancient warnings.

“Hey, welcome back.  I hope you enjoyed yourself.  I would have enjoyed this interview a lot more if I had GOTTEN MY CUP OF COFFEE.” – Brendan Fraser

“Revenge of The Mummy” is still playing at Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Singapore.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

Readers Comments (2)

  1. Universal Studios in Florida is so much fun!


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