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Backdraft (Amusement park attraction)

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Backdraft at Universal Studios Hollywood
General statistics
Attraction type Fire Effects Show
Manufacturer Universal Creative
Theme Backdraft
Duration 25 minutes

Backdraft is a fire special effects show at Universal Studios Japan, and formerly Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The show is based on the film of the same name. Visitors can learn how the pyrotechnic effects were created and experience some of them first hand. The Hollywood attraction was supposed to officially close after Labor Day 2009 to be replaced by Transformers: The Ride in 2011 but remained open to appease the temporary closures of other attractions for annual refurbishment. The Hollywood attraction officially closed on April 11, 2010. The attraction remains part of the Osaka park.

Summary

The show at Universal Studios Hollywood has guests begin by entering a sound stage. Some elements of this description may not be accurate for the Japan installation.

Queue

For the Hollywood version, guests enter a soundstage where Backdraft is being filmed. For the Japan version, guests enter a San Francisco building facade and into a building where Backdraft is being filmed.

Pre-show

As guests walk into the "Backdraft filming center", Ron Howard appears on a video screen and talks to the guests about making Backdraft. For the Hollywood version, guests enter another soundstage. For the Japan version, guests enter a set of a city alley, where the fire is burning the building. The stars from the film appear on the video screen and talk about the fire. The moment they finish, the fire surprises the guests. They are finally led onto a set resembling the warehouse scene in the movie.

Main show

The guests line up on a tiered observation platform, overlooking a simulated warehouse scene. Suddenly, the fire burns the warehouse, causing a Backdraft. The explosions makes more fire. As the "fire" dies, the dying fire makes a final explosion, giving guests a final scare. Participants are then directed to exit through the building.


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