E.T. Adventure in Universal Studios Florida

E.T. Adventure ride marquee. 

E.T. Adventure ride marquee. 

Ride Type

Dark ride


E.T. Adventure is located in Woody Woodpecker's KidZone in Universal Studios Florida (USF). You can find it next door to Fievel's Playland

E.T. Adventure Ride Description

Steven Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial inspired the E.T. Adventure ride at Universal Studios Florida. This ride takes guests on an adventure with E.T. to his home on the Green Planet. E.T. super fans might remember the Green Planet from a 1985 follow up to the E.T. film called E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet: A Novel.

The ride begins with a video-based preshow hosted by E.T. writer, director, and producer Steven Spielberg, who immediately informs you that E.T.'s home world is in trouble, and only you can help E.T. save his friends. Doors open to another space where you give your name to a team member in exchange for a special passport that gives you the credentials you need for interplanetary travel. From there, you take a winding path through a towering forest of trees to bicycle-shaped ride vehicles that are suspended from a track on the ceiling.  

Once everyone is on board, you all start peddling as hard as you can - just kidding, you don't actually have to pedal anything. Your ride vehicle automatically begins gliding through the forest as you, E.T., and the rest of your bicycle gang try to outrun the scientists and police officers who are hunting E.T. This chase doesn't last long, though, because you quite quickly take to the air and fly over top of the city and into the stars. 

When you reach the Green Planet, you are greeted by E.T.'s friends, a brightly-lit group of animatronic aliens. Naturally, E.T. saves the day. The ride ends with a celebration. If you listen very closely, you might hear E.T. say your name before the adventure is over. 

After exiting the ride vehicle, guests are sent into E.T.'s Toy Closet & Photo Spot, which features E.T. merchandise and two unique photo opportunities. One features E.T. and an assortment of toys in a closet. The other is a bike with E.T. in the basket; you hop on the bike and take a picture against a green screen.

E.T. Adventure Ride History

E.T. Adventure is the only ride left at Universal Studios Florida that opened with the park in 1990. It contains more than 300 characters, plants, and trees created by the Sally Corporation specifically for the attraction. The sounds in E.T. Adventure are also unique. It was the first ride to have its own musical score. The score was written and composed by John Williams, who also scored the film that inspired the ride.

After riding E.T. Adventure, guests can take a picture with E.T. in E.T.'s Toy Closet.

After riding E.T. Adventure, guests can take a picture with E.T. in E.T.'s Toy Closet.

Using Express Passes on E.T. Adventure

Express Passes are accepted for E.T. Adventure.

Single Rider Line

Typically no

Child Swap


Height Restrictions on E.T. Adventure

Guests must be at least 34 inches tall to meet the minimum height requirement. Guests between 34 and 48 inches tall will need a supervising companion.

E.T. Adventure Accessibility

This attraction is accessible for guests in standard wheelchairs and guests who can transfer to a standard wheelchair. Closed captioning is available.

UO Fan Guide Ride Tip

Remember: this ride is the oldest in the park. Do not expect it to be as technologically advanced as some of the other attractions in Universal Studios Florida.

Also, E.T. is a cute alien, but some of the other animatronic characters are definitely creepy looking and may be ugly enough to scare some small children. 

UO Fan Guide Mini Review of E.T. Adventure

E.T. Adventure is a part of Universal Orlando history. Everyone should ride it at least once. The physical sets and animatronics give E.T. Adventure a special charm and set it apart from some of the more modern rides in the park. Plus, the ride vehicles are just plain cool.

E.T. Adventure Image Gallery

This image gallery features pictures of the E.T. Adventure building and E.T.'s Toy Closet & Photo Spot. Use the arrows on either side of the image to navigate through the gallery.

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