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Earthquake - The Big One
Website: Universal Studios Florida Homepage
Ride Type: Track Guided Ride
Ride Status: Defunct
Average Rating: 3.3605
TPC Overall Rank: #341 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 96
Last Review: 12/29/2007 5:21:00 PM
In User Top 10: 15 times.
User Tracker Count: 492 times.

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Lallen on 5/2/2002 4:23:00 PM
I thought this attraction was very good for its age. It still manages to get your heart beating hard when the chaos ensues. Ive never experienced a real quake but I think this is as close as Id like to get!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up tpcommando on 4/14/2002 9:40:00 PM
This attraction is very interesting the first time you experience it. Thereafter, you have to wade through the early stages of the presentation to get to the payoff.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up IonBlaster on 4/8/2002 6:26:00 PM
This ride will rock you!!! If you like riding in a subway, explosions, floods, city streets collapsing on you, and other subways crashing into you, then you will go on a trip.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 4/1/2002 10:46:00 PM
Ok, last time I gave this a 7, but now Im going to knock it down a point. Yes, it was a very good simulation of an Earthquake, but I feel that this ride is in dire need of an update. At least change the show a bit, because it is the same as it was years ago. The simulation still impresses me with the use of fire and especially the water, but it doesnt have much of a re-ride possibility. For some reason, it was something that we just didnt want to touch again. Maybe because it hasnt been changed, mabe because it no longer reigns high over Universal Studios, and now, is near the bottom of the food chain. I have to agree with some of the other comments... the truck is a bit too slow, I recall commenting how "Im sure in an earthquake that a gas tanker stays parallel when falling". Leave it to an engineer to criticise the motion of a sliding object with an unequal distribution of weight. Sorry guys, I just dont buy some of the "effects" of the earthquake any more, hence, a drop in a point. Yes, three years ago I was a bit younger and a bit more generous/awe-able, but now I feel nothing but disappointment from this and Twister, which was certainly a bigger letdown. I knew this one would stink, I was expecting improvement over time and unfortunately, that didnt come with Twister. Again, I never say never, you should ride this one at least once, heck, at least once per trip, but I wouldnt go on it again later in the trip unless it had been a walk-on (then I would have considered it)

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up B&M Rider on 2/19/2002 8:29:00 PM
I dunno what happened but there was some type of delay and the ppl were stalling. Its not worth the wait.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up NHS04 on 2/13/2002 9:25:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
Only a 8 because I sat on the side with no action.....I did though go on the ride again (with my express passes given by Hard Rock Hotel and Portifino Hotel)..and I sat on the "action" side. It was great!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rocketman23 on 1/26/2002 6:04:00 PM
An entertaining ride with some good effects. I got one problem with it, the preshows. This has 3 preshow rooms that get quite boring and tiring. The models from the movie were cool, but everything else about the preshow is just a time-waster.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DJBLADE on 1/19/2002 1:29:00 AM
Again, dont understand the rating? this is an awesome ride that goes through 3 stages while still keeping a relatively short line. Are you telling me thats not impressive for a ride built in 1990????????

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ?????????? on 1/8/2002 8:50:00 PM
its a classic... as with every other ride inside Universal Studios. Its amazing how back in the days when universal first opened this attraction was there with those special effects... (Im not positive if it was there when the park... im just gonna say it was though) for 1991 that would have been an example of Spiderman for 2001. The technology is only gonna get better!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Gerg on 12/16/2001 12:50:00 PM
For me, i felt the shaking of the ride needed to be more intense. It just didnt feel real enough. The water crashibg down and the tanker explosion were cool though.

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