Top Three Attractions that are ‘So Bad, They’re Good’ At Universal Orlando

| May 18, 2014 | 3 Replies

It would be great if Universal Orlando could do no wrong, but sometimes they miss the mark. However, it’s also possible for attractions to be so, so bad that it ends up making them good. Here are the top 3 examples at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure!

3. Lucy – A Tribute

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Lucy – A Tribute located in Hollywood at Universal Studios Florida is a great little area dedicated to the famous redhead, but the key word is little. The size of the exhibit is no bigger than a large apartment without walls and despite filling the room with actual costumes worn by Lucy, awards, scripts and more, you can’t help but laugh about the gift shop next door being twice the size. Lucy – A Tribute could be a full museum and instead it is just a shelter from Florida thunderstorms, but fans of Lucille Ball can’t help but love it.

2. Twister…Ride It Out

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Twister…Ride It Out in the New York section at Universal Studios Florida tries to re-create one of the most famous scenes from the 1996 film Twister inside a soundstage and it does just that. What should be a unique attraction ends up being a joke because of the terrible script and delivery by Bill Paxton (“They call F5 tornadoes the finger of God / Scientists call tornadoes severe storms”). To make things even better, Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt hated each other after Twister and refused to shoot scenes for the attraction together, causing them to appear on two separate screens. Twister…Ride It Out is so bad that it’s good before you even get to the actual show with cows flying past on strings.

1. Poseidon’s Fury

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Poseidon’s Fury in The Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure is the grand winner for being so bad its good. What should be a cool experience inside a beautifully themed attraction with a freaking swirling water tunnel ends up being 20 minutes of terrible acting from Tour Guide Taylor (with a great unisex name for tour guides of all genders) and some of the worst video cut scenes ever created and projected on water screens starring Lord Darkenon and Poseidon. The story is abysmal, but if you go in with low expectations then you’ll walk out with a stomachache from laughing at how truly horrible Poseidon’s Fury is. That’s why it is the number one attraction at Universal Orlando that is so bad, its good.

To hear more about these attractions and a few honorable mentions that we thought might be good despite being bad, check out Episode 8 of the DIS Unplugged: Universal Edition!


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  • Denise Rambo

    I’m sorry … but in “Poseidon’s Fury”, when the room goes dark and then lights up again and is a COMPLETELY different and LARGER room … it never ceases to make me gasp. The first time, I was so stunned, it literally took my breath away. And the swirling water tunnel is REALLY cool.

  • Kathy

    I’ve done all three of these attractions, and I agree….worth seeing for sure!!

  • michaelj68

    Went to Universal for first time a few weeks ago late April. Universal needs to redo that whole Lost Continent area and get rid of Poseidon’s Fury and the Sinbad show. Both are awful. The decor and vibe of the area is nice but the attractions are horrible. How about a water or thrill ride incorporating some Greek mythology, for example, the Trojan war, Clash of the Titans or Jason and the Argonauts. Poseidon’s Fury is worse than the Atlantis show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.