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Twister - Universal Studios

This attraction is located on 57th Street, next to the BoneYard.

There are no height restrictions for this show and although the show lasts approx 20 minutes the tornado scene takes only 3 minutes from beginning to end.

If you are in a wheelchair you may remain seated. However this show is not recommended for expectant mothers, or those with a history of neck or back conditions, heart trouble, conditions aggravated by fog or strobe effects or susceptible to motion sickness.

Be prepared, Guests in the back row come out of Twister the wettest!

Tornadoes are not the norm in New York City, but here on the soundstages of New York at Universal Studios Florida you can experience the thrill or frightening effects of a twister. At this is attraction you will walk and stand your way through separate theatres/soundstages leading up to the " Big One. "

When entering Twister. . . Ride It Out, you will work your way through re-creations of artifacts and props from the wildly successful 1996 movie Twister that includes stage chairs for the stars Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. But they pale in comparison to the next chair that belongs to Steven Spielberg, one of the movies producers and a creative contributor to Universal Studios. As you travel through the queue, which thankfully is complete with misting fans, you enter Wakita, Oklahoma, population 585. Be sure to check out " Dorothy" on the way into the theater. This attraction actually has a snack stand in the middle of the queue if you are feeling hungry!

When you enter the first of the three theaters used in this attraction known as Sound Stage 50, try to head to the front and to your right. During this pre-show, Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt discuss the special effects and stunts used to enhance the viewing experience of the movie. Our introduction to the world of Twisters are shown on twin video screens in this Prop Room.

Next stop on our journey is Aunt Meg’ s house in Wakita. If you were standing toward the front and right in the Prop Room, you will be one of the first guests to enter the next stage, Aunt Meg’ s tornado-destroyed home. Take your time and check out the car hanging from the ceiling with the wheel still spinning and tree limbs that were sent through the kitchen window as you approach the twister demolished bathroom, your final stop before entering the Twister Theater. After watching the overhead TV monitors that give you more info on the impact and power of tornadoes, the doors will open to the next and final theatre. As the doors open if you can stay to your right and you should get in the front row.

The amazingly realistic show is about to begin I suggest you hold on to the railing in front of you. Try and have a quick look at the set you will find you are right outside the Galaxy Drive-In featuring a double feature of The Shining and Psycho with a gas station next to it. As lighting strikes and a huge tree splits in half before our eyes you start to wonder how bad it will be……………………………

I will not give anymore away but I hope you don’t get too wet!

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