• Matt Bishop

Universal Orlando Unveils New Merchandise For 30th Anniversary

The retro items feature some of the park's most iconic attractions.

This week marks a monumental milestone for Universal Studios Florida. The Orlando location celebrates its 30th anniversary on June 7. To commemorate the landmark occasion, Universal has unveiled a special line of retro merchandise featuring some of the park's most iconic attractions.


The collection features a number of items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, coffee mugs, license plates, bags, pennants, pins, and more.


Featured pieces in the collection are a series of glasses that pay tribute to some of the park's most iconic attractions - Jaws: The Ride, Back To The Future: The Ride, Kongfrontation, and E.T. Adventure.


Unlike its Orlando counterpart Disney World, Universal does not shy away from turnover. Walt Disney World in Orlando is coming up on its 50th anniversary in 2021, and some attractions like Peter Pan's Flight and Jungle Cruise have been in operation since the park opened in 1971. At Universal Studios, however, nothing seems to last forever, no matter how popular.


Jaws: The Ride sank back in 2012. While the ride was legendary, it closed to make way for the massive Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Understandably so, as the Harry Potter franchise had grossed nearly $8 billion at the global box office. The addition of the Wizarding World was sure to usher in an entire new generation to the theme park.


Kongfrontation opened in 1990 when the park did. It closed in 2002 and was replaced by Revenge of the Mummy. However, an all-new Kong experience - Skull Island: Reign of Kong - brought the legend back to life in 2016.


Terminator 2: 3D - Battle Across Time shut down in 2017. It closed to make way for a high-octane attraction based on another wildly successful franchise - the Bourne series. The Bourne Stuntacular was scheduled to open this spring, however it has been pushed back due to the park being closed on account of COVID-19.


In perhaps the park's most bizarre move, they decided that the beloved Back To The Future: The Ride's time had run out in 2007. It was replaced by The Simpsons Ride. Yes, you read that right - a Simpsons ride.


Although these iconic attractions are gone, fans can now relive the memories with these commemorative souvenirs.


Universal Studios Florida is set to re-open today, June 5.










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