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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD PREPARES TO UNVEIL 'BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE RIDE' IN SUMMER OF 1993; MOST AMBITIOUS RIDE EVER ENGINEERED

 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Standing an imposing seven stories tall, it dwarfs the surrounding landscape.
 The massive steel girders could support a small city.
 A Byzantine 4-1/2 acre labyrinth of tunnels and rooms so complex, that while in construction, an escort is necessary to keep visitors from getting lost.
 It's the most ambitious ride ever engineered. It's "Back To The Future: The Ride."
 When "Back To The Future: The Ride" debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood in the summer of 1993, it will represent a culmination of years of research and development from the four corners of the globe.
 Engulfed in a cold fog. Blasting through the space-time continuum. Free-falling down volcanic tunnels aflame with red hot molten lava. Cascading down volcanic tunnels. Colliding with prehistoric dinosaurs. It's an experience so real, so exhilarating, studio guests' senses will continue to "move" long after they have stepped out of their customized DeLorean time-travel cars.
 "Back To The Future: The Ride" is a result of breakthrough, state- of-the-art technology never achieved before in any media or studio attraction. This ride brings together the most dynamic kinetic motion base with sophisticated hydraulics, multichannel sound, live effects and groundbreaking Omnimax film to create a total sensory impact experience. Whatever guests see on the screen, they will also feel.
 Twenty-four specially designed flight simulators, in the shape of the now famous DeLoreans, will be installed to create the illusion of blasting through time at lightning speed.
 "Back To The Future: The Ride" continues the record-breaking movie trilogy, "Back To The Future," about time travel, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.
 During "Back To The Future: The Ride," the saga continues with the eccentric Doc Brown, master of time travel, at home conducting experiments in his new laboratory, "The Institute of Future Technology" -- which features some of the authentic props from the "Back To The Future" motion picture trilogy, including the flux capacitor, the invention which makes time travel possible.
 In his new lab, Doc has created his most futuristic invention yet -- a convertible, eight-passenger Time Vehicle that's faster and more energy efficient than his earlier time machine. But what's this? Jumping jigowatts! Biff Tannen is loose in the "Institute of Future Technology" and threatens to end the world as we know it. With no time to lose, studio visitors jump into the driver's seat and take off on a pulse-racing, barrier-breaking adventure. Doc guides them by remote control as they careen through time in pursuit of the diabolical Biff.
 The chase is on. Engulfed in three-dimensional images, guests fly into the futuristic Hill Valley of "Back To The Future II," circa 2015 and travel back through the eons to the chilling Ice Age. With dizzying speed, they thunder through caverns, crevasses and canyons of jagged ice, collide with a glacier and explode into the Volcanic Era. Up, up they fly, propelled through the immense open mouth of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, erupting through a volcano and plunging over the edge of a molten lava fall in a sheer vertical drop.
 "Back To The Future: The Ride," with creative direction from Steven Spielberg, combines Omnimax 70mm film projected on a seven-story high hemispherical screen, multichannel sound and powerful hydraulically activated dynamic motion. The ride is enhanced by a riveting musical score, which was composed by Alan Silvestri, who scored all three "Back To The Future" films.
 Every aspect of the film, simulator vehicle motion, live effects and sound, has been integrated to send guests time-traveling into the stratosphere of cinematic excitement.
 Universal Studios Hollywood is the No. 1 motion picture studio and themed attraction in the world. Located in the Hollywood Hills north of Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood is the original behind-the- scenes experience in the motion picture and television industry and has welcomed 75 million guests in its 29-year history.
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 /CONTACT: Alyssa Ziegler of Bender, Goldman & Helper, 310-473-4147, for Universal Studios Hollywood/


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