Ride: E.T. Adventure

"Fly! Hoooommee!"

E.T. Adventure is a suspended dark ride that can be found at Universal Studios Florida and formerly, at Universal Studios Hollywood and Japan. The attraction acts as a sequel to the movie, where E.T. has once again found himself on Earth and needs the help of the guests to return him to the Green Planet, which will soon die without his healing touch. The guests are thus sent on a daring mission to evade the policeman and scientists looking to capture E.T. again and get him home once more.

The ride first opened with Universal Studios Florida on June 7th, 1990 and continues to remain in operation. At Universal Studios Hollywood, it opened on June 12th, 1991 and closed on March 31st, 2001 to make way for Revenge of the Mummy. At Universal Studios Japan, it opened with the park on March 31st, 2001 but closed on May 10, 2009 and was later replaced with Space Fantasy: The Ride.

E.T. Adventure provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Elliot, Michael, and Gertie are completely absent from the ride's storyline, though you could argue that Elliot is in there "in spirit", since the riders are essentially assuming his role.
  • Aliens Speaking English: All of the Green Planet aliens do, which is odd considering that E.T. had to learn how to speak English in the film.
  • Always with You: E.T.'s legendary goodbye line can be heard echoing through the exit halls.
  • Author Avatar: Steven Spielberg appears directly in the pre-show to explain everything that's going on and what the guests need to do.
  • But Now I Must Go: A slight variation of this trope, as in this case it's "But Now You Must Go", as E.T. says his goodbyes to the riders before teleporting them back to earth.
  • Cloudcuckooland: The Green Planet, which is a bright and colorful planet that's extremely festive, friendly, and always curious.
  • Continuity Nod: The makeshift-communicator from the film reappears in the forest queue line, where it is now showing messages that are coming from E.T.'s planet.
  • Conveniently Close Planet: It apparently only takes about 3 seconds when in lightspeed to reach the Green Planet.
  • Expanded Universe: We now get to see what E.T.'s homeworld looks like, as well as more of his own species.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: As he is saying his farewells, E.T. addresses each of the riders by name. Though of course this is a much friendlier version of this trope.
  • Full Moon Silhouette: The silhouettes of the riders are seen going across the moon.
  • Innocent Aliens: The aliens of the Green Planet are just as cute and harmless as E.T. is.
  • Instructional Dialogue: From Spielberg to the guests in the pre-show.
  • Jump Scare: The police cars that drive right up to the bicycles tend to catch first-time riders off-guard.
  • Magic Staff: Bontanicus carries one, though it's not shown what it does.
  • Mood Whiplash: When you first arrive on the Green Planet, everything is shown to be in a bleak state of decay and darkness. Less than 30 seconds later, E.T.'s magic touch instantly restores life and color to the planet.
  • Mr. Exposition: Steven Spielberg serves this role to an almost overwhelming extent.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: E.T. has now gained the ability to make the bicycles go lightspeed towards his planet and the ability to teleport the riders back to Earth, which of course begs the question as to why he didn't use these abilities in film...
  • The Only One: E.T.'s healing touch is the only thing that can save the Green Planet.
  • Plant Aliens: Several of the aliens on the Green Planet take on a plant-like appearance, for instance, Orbidon resembles a mushroom and Magdol resembles a bunch of flowers.
  • Scenery Porn: The forest queue line is among the most detailed in the park.
  • Tagline: "Experience the ride of a lifetime."