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Nickelodeon’s iconic whiz kid, Jimmy Neutron, was a show that I embarrassingly admit that I faithfully watched as a kid. Looking back, I feel like an idiot because of the pure stupidity featured in the show and just how annoying the main characters were. After a very long and happy hiatus from viewing the series, I ultimately had to seize my hiatus to experience this attraction. So was it worth it? Partially.
Nestled right at the front of the park, this was the first attraction I experienced since it is located right next to the main entrance. One thing I definitely can’t praise the ride on is it’s exterior. The building honestly is just an eyesore in my opinion. Nonetheless, lines weren’t all that bad, 15 minutes or so, but again I was visiting Universal when crowds were pretty light so I don’t know what they’re like on normal days. During the wait, various clips from Nicktoons streamed from many monitors, reminding me exactly why I stopped watching Nickelodeon.
Well, the attraction begins with a pre-show that establishes the ride’s uninspired and very corny plot- an evil alien has come to steal one of Jimmy’s rockets in order to duplicate it, and it turn enslave the Earth. Couldn’t a better, more inspired plot be created than that? Eventually, guests enter the theater where they can choose from the motion-simulating seats or stationary seats. Obviously I chose the motion seats because they just make attractions much more immersive. However, I found the seats to be really uncomfortable, especially during some of the scenes during the film, which I’ll detail in a bit.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Blast Off! Led by Jimmy, we pursue the evil aliens on a chaotic race through various Nicktoons such as Jimmy Neutron, SpongeBob, and the Fairly OddParents. Around every corner was a different Nicktoon who contributed their zany humor into the attraction to enhance the experience and add some kid-friendly humor to the ride (as opposed to the Simpsons’ far superior, adult humor). All of the motion is very well synched to the film and the film’s quality is excellent, but some of the motions were bumpy and uncomfortable at times, namely the horrid chicken dance, which could have just been omitted from the attraction. Nonetheless, the film is decent and pretty long.
So how is it? It’s really a mixed bag. Some parts I definitely praise the attraction for such as the visuals and motion coordination, but there are some glaring negatives, namely the bumpy motion and some annoying Nicktoons, that hold this attraction back. Kids definitely will enjoy this one, but for most, this attraction is passable since Universal just has so many far superior attractions that are far more worthy of your time. Still, Jimmy Neutron is a decent attraction that is better than the Hannah Barabara attraction it replaced.
This was a mediocre simulator. It was not very exciting or inviting like spiderman, but it was alright. The addition of the Nick characters made it a little better.
Very crappy simulator. The movements of the seats dont sync, as has been said many times already. Also, you can see the cars ahead of you pivoting, which all-the-more reminds you that youre in a simulator. The Back To The Future ride is much better.
This ride got my sister sick. Good effects and everything but better for the kids. If you get sick easily, go on a stationary seat.
I like the Nicktoons, so if it wasnt for them this would have been awful for me. The seat movements dont sync up with the screen very much at all. They mostly just throw you around in patterns. The chicken dance part had me cracking up, though.
Maybe it was just late in the day and I was tired, but I could not follow this rides plot for anything. It is a poor simulator that seems to move out of sync with the screen. If you dont know anything about Jimmy Neutron, dont expect to enjoy it much. Maybe Im just still upset that they got rid of the Hannah-Barbera ride to sub in this.
Eh... okay. Another typical simulator where you get wet. Definitely for kids. Its well-themed but Im just not a big fan of the plot very much. And I had to wait almost an hour for it. Maximum wait Id recommend: 30 minutes. If you have kids, maybe a little more. Move around in your "ship" and watch the screen. Boring preroom movie as usual. Overall, it was semi-enjoyable.
This was an interesting simulator. Ill admit that Im a Nickelodeon fan, & thats why the ride gets an 8 simply b/c it was fun riding around in Jimmy Neutrons rocket seeing some of my favorite Nicktoon characters. Overall, its definitely a ride that youll want to go on if youre a hardcore Nickelodeon fan. Im not a hardcore fan of Nickelodeon, but I still enjoy some of their cartoons that theyve got.
i tell ya, i think this was a great ride. it was funny, and an overall good simulater. it had great theming and i thought the seats were comfortable
I was beyond disappointed with this ride/show. Considering that this is what replaced Fred Flinstone and Elroy Jetson, I was hoping for more of an upgrade. Yes, the show now features cartoons from this millennia, but you just couldnt go wrong with the old characters either. This show didnt upgrade enough for me, the seats are still choppy in their movemement and a bit too rough for a 4-year-old (in my opinion). I loved the Hanna-Barbera one when I visited at the ripe age of 6, but this to me didnt take this ride/show to any new heights, rather, stuck in the same slot as its predeccessor. Upgrades or replacements, however you want to classify it, should make the ride substantially better and this isnt. I didnt think that the story was any more spectacular and I certainly didnt find the seats to be that much better. Overall, I would give it the same thing I gave the original (a seven), but the lack of a major step forward, which resulted in a bit of a let down, leads me to award a 5 and the distinction of the "biggest letdown of the park" award.
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