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EDIT! I've added pictures from Jaws' closing day - January 2nd, 2012. Enjoy....

 

Here's a few pics and a video from our "last ride" on Jaws today at Universal Studios Orlando...

 

TPR's "Last Ride" on Jaws! - Filmed on Jaws' final day of operation - January 2nd, 2012.

 

Next...an even more comprehensive video! This video features two complete ride-throughs with different Skippers. Shots of the queue area, Amity, and the fake commercials they played in the queue. Enjoy!

 

Today, one of these three attractions will close. Can you guess which one?

 

So sad ... Everyone going to Potter. No love for Jaws!

 

Yay! One of about Twelve people here at Universal's opening for a final ride on Jaws

 

Today is the last day you'll see Jaws on the park map!

 

Hooray! One die-hard Jaws fan has finally shown up! Ericka says "I'm riding all day!"

 

Jaws is OPEN! Although nobody is here. How tragic! Where is everyone???

 

Time for TPR's final Jaws ride!

 

 

The Jaws skippers were handing out beads to celebrate their final 4th of July!

 

Thanks to Jacob for being our skipper for TPRs final rides on Jaws!

 

Jacob pulls up for our final boat tour around Amity.

 

One last look at Amity. The ride still looks as good as it did the day it opened. Sad to think that after tomorrow, all this will be gone.

 

Oh, noooo! Looks like Gordon seriously got F'ed in the B!

 

Jacob is a stud when it comes to the grenade launcher!

 

I really hope there isn't any shark in here...

 

OMG!!! SHARK!!!! In a house? How silly!

 

Jacob tells us not to worry, there are not going to be any more plastic sharks attacking us!

 

SHARK!!!! Jacob, you lying bastard!!!

 

Explosions made any ride AWESOME!

 

The water is on fire!!! Jacob says we're gonna for it. He's clearly insane!!!

 

We're just gonna hang out by this partially burnt special effects barge. This should be safe!

 

SHARK!!!! OH F**K!!!! SHARK!!!!

 

Jacob is about to kick some serious shark ass!!! (Ps. Is it just me or does Jacob look EXACTLY like that guy from

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DIE SHARK!!! DIE!!!!

 

"That's disgusting!!!"

 

All water effects were on Jaws today! Left side of the boat got soaked!!!

 

Goodbye Jaws. We will miss you. Please do us all a favor and bite Harry Potter in his magic wand!

 

Here's some more photos of Jaws....

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If we read into the subtle clues here, Jurassic Park is the next ride to close!

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Dude, get with the program...you ain't makin' it to 4th of July!

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I'd like a poster of this in my office!

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Yup, we are in Amity!

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One of the final times you'll see this sign.

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"I'm here to take one of my final rides on Jaws!"

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I don't have any heart conditions and I'm not expecting my mother, so I'm good to go!

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Let's take a last look at Amity....

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One day this will all be unicorns and fairies!

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Just past the lighthouse, there is some serious s**t going down!

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Here's where the Jaws boats go to sleep...I mean die.

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Our Jaws skipper for this ride will be Alyssa! Hello Alyssa!

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Alyssa says "I hope you like me because I might need a job soon!"

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Poor Gordon....now you're really dead!

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SHARK! SHARK! SHARK! SHARK!!!!

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I love a woman with a grenade launcher!

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Uh...oh....whenever a ride goes into the dark...bad things happen.

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So weird that the boat won't start...must be an Intamin...

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SHARK! SHARK! SHARK! SHARK!!!!

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Fire and explosions make any ride AWESOME!

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Oh, no! A wall of fire! How will we ever get out of here?

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SHARK! SHARK! SHARK! SHARK!!!!

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Good thing that special effects barge is there to protect us.

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OH F**K!!!! IT'S ROSIE O'DONNELL!!!!

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"Is this tuna dolphin safe?"

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Thank you Alyssa for saving us! You were a kick-ass skipper! Good luck on your job hunt!

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Here's a few of the area signs that will soon be removed.

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Yup, it's a sign.

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Hi, you're a sign....for like...another day.

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Mom's will soon be dead.

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Behind that gate is the entrance to another world...

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More signs.

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Gonna have to find a new place for a HHN maze!

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Overflow queue house.

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Another look at the queue house.

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Because the world needs more photos of an empty, soon-to-be-demolished queue house.

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When I look at this...I swear I can smell a chainsaw guy...

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Yup, no one gave Jaws any love today. :(

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The entrance sign to Jaws.

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More overflow queue.

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More entrance signage.

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Yay! Capt Jake and Sharkey!!!!

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Gone forever!

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Anyone want a boat? It's for sale cheap!

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This time it's PERSONAL!

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Here's some shots of the Amity area.

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Get ready for more Potter!

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Wave goodbye to all this stuff.

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More Amity.

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All paths lead to nowhere.

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Poor guy...

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Guessing this will end up in Citiwalk or some other photo op in the park.

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Perhaps one day we'll be able to get a Butter Beer here?

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Buy your Jaws crap while you can!

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Soon to be... Potter Dogs!

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I'll admit it...I'm bummed that Jaws is going...I'll actually miss this ride...especially during Horror Nights! It was always kind of a tradition... SHARK! SHARK! SHARK! SHARK!!!!

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One final look back at Amity before Universal waves it's magic wand and it becomes something else...

 

Jaws - 1990 - 2012 - R.I.P.

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Watching those vids bummed me out... Jaws will be missed. They don't really make rides like this anymore. You can tell by the expressions of the other people on the ride that there's still that element of surprise and everyone's having a good time.

 

Not that I'm not into rides with cutting edge technology, but the live element and fairly simple idea of the ride can prove just as effective sometimes--it sort of gives that "I'm in the movie" feeling.

 

I know they're definitely nailing the "in the movie" feeling with the WWoHP, but I wish they weren't using up so much space dedicated to this particular franchise. Oh well.

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If we read into the subtle clues here, Jurassic Park is the next ride to close!

 

I haven't been on this thread until recently so excuse me if I missed it before but, I hope they don't close Jurassic! I remember my first time coming to IOA, one of my favorites was Jurassic. I just loved it! There's something about it that I love. I think it might be how it really makes you feel like your in the jungle even though your in the middle of a huge park!

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^It was meant as a joke...

 

But if those subtle clues are right, I'm sure Jurassic will go to be to Potterville Part 3. Because apparently it's the only movie in the world right now. Still. And ever.

 

I hope Potter won't replace Jurrasic Park because Jurrasic Park is an amazing (not cheesy) ride. Though, i doubt it, hopefully Universal will get tired of Potter after USH and USO.

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I'm not going to lie, the first time I ever rode Jaws I thought it was one of the best rides in the park. The last few times, it just never seem up to par to that first one. The skipper just did so awesome the first time. Jaws you will be missed. Maybe they will make a special edition of Jaws on Blu-ray with a pov of the ride like they did with Back to the Future.

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If we read into the subtle clues here, Jurassic Park is the next ride to close!

 

I haven't been on this thread until recently so excuse me if I missed it before but, I hope they don't close Jurassic! I remember my first time coming to IOA, one of my favorites was Jurassic. I just loved it! There's something about it that I love. I think it might be how it really makes you feel like your in the jungle even though your in the middle of a huge park!

 

Trust me, you don't have to worry. Jurrasic park won't go anywhere any time soon.... not to mention they are working on Jurrasic Park 4.

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Much as it is sad to see Jaws go, and much maligned and overly exploited though the Harry Potter theme is (or will be if they keep going), I think the Gringotts roller coaster has real promise, if they do in fact use the rumored combination of 3D screens and a launching, indoor Mummy-esque system. I think the overall zone should be friendlier for those who aren't familiar with the series, since Gringotts is basically a series of caves and London is a real place.

 

Just my 2 cents.

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All these years visiting Universal, and I've never been to the "All-You-Can-Eat Monto Cristo Sandwich Buffet."

 

It's a shame that a unique ride like Jaws is going away, but based on past rumors, we're lucky that it's lasted this long.

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This is a sad day. I always liked the Jaws ride, and will never, ever forget our epic ride at HHN a few years ago, when we all did the SHARK SHARK SHARK chat throughout the whole ride.

 

Robb, thank you so much for that video and the detailed photo report of the ride. Very well done.

 

Sharks rule!

 

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This is a sad day. I always liked the Jaws ride, and will never, ever forget our epic ride at HHN a few years ago, when we all did the SHARK SHARK SHARK chat throughout the whole ride.

 

Robb, thank you so much for that video and the detailed photo report of the ride. Very well done.

 

Sharks rule!

 

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Agreed--that was the best Jaws ride ever (with Japanese Jaws a close second).

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Wish I would have known of its closure before my trip back in november, I would have taken a few more laps. But even though I only rode it once I feel in love it. It had a different feel than any other ride I have been on and I will miss it.

 

So now who told about what went on out there and put an end to to captain Jake?

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Honestly, I hate how they will now have Harry Potter at both parks. I wish they would just do the rest of the Lost Continent and turn the Poseidons Fury to Gringotts. I don't mind Jaws is leaving...but it's still an enjoyable ride that was a big icon of the park. Oh well...whatever Universal needs to do to bring in money is fine for me.

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Random thought of the day- In a celebrity death match Jaws eats Harry Potter every time. Little know fact- Sharks are immune to spells.

 

 

 

Chris "Harry took an arrow to the knee" Connolly

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This is a sad day. I always liked the Jaws ride, and will never, ever forget our epic ride at HHN a few years ago, when we all did the SHARK SHARK SHARK chat throughout the whole ride.

 

Robb, thank you so much for that video and the detailed photo report of the ride. Very well done.

 

Sharks rule!

 

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I never really cared for the JAWS ride, but that occasion at HHN was stellar.

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^In my almost 50 years of existence, that was seriously one of the greatest moments on any ride ever for me. For one brief moment, everyone bought into my insanity and joined in the chant. I so wish someone had this on video, as it was an amazing moment.

 

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