Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever October 22, 2015: Back to the Future Day at Universal Studios Florida

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Spend Back to the Future Day with Doc Brown at Universal Studios Florida for this Best Week Ever. (Photos & video by Seth Kubersky)

Great Scott, what a Best Week Ever it’s been! As all cinema lovers know, October 21, 2015, was the day that Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly arrived in the futuristic Hill Valley in Back to the Future Part II. As of yesterday, we all officially live in the future! Even though hoverboards and Mr. Fusion machines aren’t yet commonplace, scores of sci-fi fans showed up — many in elaborate costumes — to celebrate Back to the Future Day at Universal Studios Florida.

 

The day began with an appearance by Doc Brown himself (as portrayed by Orlando actor Chris Prueitt) driving his time-traveling DeLorean around the streets of Universal Studios. He greeted the crowd on Hollywood Boulevard and introduced a set from the Studio Brass Band featuring favorites from the film trilogy’s soundtrack, as you can see in the following video from our friends at Attractions Magazine:

 

Doc continued to make popular appearances throughout the day, and there was even an engagement and a wedding centered around the DeLorean. But the hard-core fans were waiting for 4:29 p.m., the exact moment at which Doc and Marty arrived in the future. An enormous expectant audience filled the plaza near Springfield where the film’s prop locomotive and car are displayed.

 

A few minutes before the appointed time, Doc Brown made his final appearance of the day, and posed for photographs in front of his iconic vehicles.

 

Some may have been a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more elaborate presentation to mark the occasion, but I was elated to capture the following video with Doc Brown, in which we discuss going back in time to the pivotal year of 1996 to prevent the extinction of his Institute of Future Technology (a.k.a. the late, lamented Back to the Future: The Ride).

 

After my encounter with Doc Brown, I had to stop by the Film Vault shop for one of these collectible T-shirts commemorating the day.

 

Apparently I wasn’t the only one with that idea, because the queue to cash out stretched across the entire store!

 

Finally, I had to take one last look at The Simpsons Ride, which exists inside the facility originally constructed for Back to the Future: The Ride.

 

See those storm clouds over the building, which burst open minutes after I snapped these shots? I’m pretty certain there was a 1.21 gigawatt lightning bolt hiding inside, searching for a courthouse clock to strike and zap us all into an alternate future.

 

Hopefully it will be the timeline where we all drink Pepsi Perfect and have self-tying shoe laces…and not the one where a meathead gambling tycoon with a bad combover is our tyrannical ruler! (You can decide for yourself if I’m talking about Biff Tannen or a certain presidential hopeful.)

 

 

See you around in the future!

 

Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

8 thoughts on “Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever October 22, 2015: Back to the Future Day at Universal Studios Florida

  • October 22, 2015 at 9:10 am
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    Would have loved to have been there – my husband and I spent 6 glorious hours at the local cinema (in the UK) watching all three films back to back. When they announced in the 2nd film that they were at 21st October 2015 there was a great cheer from everyone in the cinema theatre. I am thinking that 4.29 pm in Hill Valley (from the film) is in a different time zone to us and as the fictional town of Hill Valley was/is in California, and at present California is 8 hours behind us, the relevant time to us would be 29 minutes past midnight – about the time we walked out of the cinema! Only just worked that out so its a bit late to celebrate it now!!!!!

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    • October 22, 2015 at 9:38 am
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      That sounds like a great way to mark the occasion!
      When I think too hard about time zones, it creates a paradox that could destroy the time-space continuum. So I just don’t 😉

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  • October 22, 2015 at 9:24 am
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    Thanks for the great report! It’s wonderful to see so many fans of these classic films.

    Do you know if there was a celebration at Universal Studios in Hollywood? It’s such a shame that they couldn’t have re-enacted the entire thing on the BTTF Town Square (since they never rebuilt that set after it burned down).

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    • October 22, 2015 at 9:40 am
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      I have no idea what they did in Hollywood. But the fire that destroyed the old Kong attraction didn’t get most of courthouse square, I took the VIP tour earlier this year and got to walk around it! The set dressing still looks more like Ghost Whisperer than BTTF right now though.

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  • October 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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    How about we skip the politics? Fer ’em or agin’ ’em, lets just leave it to the 21664 other places on the internet where one can made snide remarks about those we disagree with?

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    • October 23, 2015 at 9:43 am
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      Sorry if I caused offense Nicholas, it was only meant as a harmless joke (and not even an original one — see Jimmy Kimmel on 10/21 and a million internet memes).
      No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you have to admit the parallels between Biff and The Donald are eerie! 😉

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  • October 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    What an amazing day to be there, now you’ll always know what you were doing when Back to the Future switched over to the Day of Future Passed! 🙂

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  • October 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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    Thanks for the story! I hope they have some of those shirts left when we visit next month.

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