The last time to ride Jaws, and walk through the town of Amity at Universal Studios will be 9 p.m. Jan. 2, 2012. Universal has stated new attraction experience will replace it. While they haven’t said what that will be, rumors suggest it may be more Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Universal team members who work at the Jaws ride were told of the ride’s closing this morning. Universal later confirmed it with this statement:
“We are closing Jaws and the Amity area to make room for an exciting, new attraction experience. Jaws has been an amazing attraction and an important part of our history. But we must always work to provide new, innovative, entertainment experiences for our guests. We know that Jaws holds a special place in the hearts of our guests and we have put a great deal of thought and care into this decision. We can’t wait to share details of our plans – in due time. Meanwhile, our guests should take this opportunity to enjoy their last rides on Jaws. The official close date for Jaws and the Amity area is Jan. 2, 2012 at 9 p.m.”
Rumors started more than a month ago that the ride would be closing and would be replaced by more Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions. But Jaws is located in the Universal Studios theme park and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in the Islands of Adventure park. Although the parks are side-by-side, the Amity area, in which Jaws in located, is on the opposite part of the park. But further rumors have stated a Hogwarts Express train will transport guests between the two areas.
There’s no official word on the Wizarding World expanding, or what might replace Jaws. Another rumor suggests a Transformers ride may replace Jaws. Currently a Transformers ride is under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood. There are also rumors of a Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at Universal Studios Hollywood, and a rumor of a new lagoon show coming to Universal Studios in Florida. Universal Pictures will be celebrating 100 years of movies next year and some announcements may coincide with the celebration announcements.