Description And Comments

Guests board a bicycle-like ride vehicle as part of an adventure returning E.T. from Earth to his dying home planet. The ride begins with guests weaving their way through a forest of tall pine trees, evading the police trying to capture E.T. As in the film, you're airborne soon enough, flying your way to E.T.'s home planet. You arrive just in time to allow E.T.'s healing touch to save everything. The ride ends in a mash-up of colorful flowers, lighting and aliens.

While the attraction's premise is good, its sophistication has lost some luster over its 20+ year run. For example, all guests are asked for their names before they board; at the end of the ride, E.T. is supposed to bid a personalized farewell to everyone in the car. Alas, sometimes the synchronization is off, so E.T. does not always speak when you can hear him. Nor does he speak clearly, so it can be tough to make out your name amid those of the other 11 people in your ride vehicle. Also, the set decoration is sparse through the first half of the ride, giving it an incomplete feel.

Finally, the sensitive artistes among our readers will forgive Len for saying the ending scenes looked like a staging of The Wizard of Oz's "Technicolor" transition with a cave full of naked mole rats.

Touring Tips

Most preschoolers and grade-school children love E.T. We think it's worth a 20 or 30 minute wait, but no longer than that. Lines build quickly after 10:30 a.m., and waits can be more than 2 hours on busy days. Ride in the morning or late afternoon.

A mother from Columbus, Ohio, writes about horrendous lines at E.T.:

The line for E.T. took 2 hours! The rest of the family waiting outside thought that we had gone to E.T.'s planet for real.

Guests who balk at sitting on the bicycle can ride in a comfortable gondola.

E.T. Adventure Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for E.T. Adventure when you visit on a day with a given Universal Studios Florida Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see E.T. Adventure Wait Times.

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