Turns out Arnold Schwarzenegger will not “be back” to Universal Orlando. The Orlando theme park announced earlier this month that Terminator 2: 3-D based on the second installment of James Cameron’s Terminator franchise will make its last run on Sunday, October 8, more than 20 years after its debut.
A new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise will replace the ride in 2019.
Terminator 2: 3D opened at the park in 1996 and instantly became one of Universal’s biggest hits. The attraction combines live actors, audio-animatronics, 3D film footage, and special effects to create an all-encompassing experience. It’s no wonder it has been such a success over the past 20+ years. Universal recruited Cameron who is the creator, writer and director of the film franchise to co-write and direct the theme park attraction.
There are no official details at the time about what the new live action ride will be. Rumors are swirling that the attraction could be based off of the Bourne series. It is also possible Universal could build on the Dark Universe franchise.
Horror fans are hoping for something a little more scary. With Universal’s recent partnership with horror film production company Blumhouse Productions some believe attractions based on the horror franchises The Purge, Paranormal Activity and Insidious are a possibility.
For a family-friendly spin, critics are looking at The Secret Life of Pets and How to Train Your Dragon.
Stay tuned for more details on the new attraction taking Terminator 2: 3D’s place. In the meantime get in a few more rides before the attraction closes for good on October 8.