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BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure was an EMV/slot-car/thrill/dark ride attraction. It uses similar technologies as Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland, Journey to the Center of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea and TestTrack at Epcot. It was located at FiddleGriff Studios.


It is based off the BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends media franchise.

The ride was considered to be one of the most technologically complex attractions ever built.

After 16 years of operation, the ride permantly closed on November 4th, 2020 to make room for a new roller coaster/dark ride hybrid called Pentagram Battle.


History

The ride that became BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure first saw light as In 1994 a proposal for an attraction based on Jurassic Park know as Jurassic Park Jeep Safari, A Planned jeep tour ride going around the Jurassic Park area however cancelled due to being too similar to Jurassic Park River Adventure and Europa wanted something more based on the novel,

In 1997, a proposal for an attraction based 1998 Godzilla originally planned for an attraction in the New York City area of the park based on the 1998 Godzilla film a once planned replacement of Godzilla Encounter (which didn't happen) planned to open in 2002, the ride plot was a tour around New York City driven by Nick however in 1999 it was cancelled due to The 1998 Godzilla film not doing well by critics and Godzilla fans alike and was a box office disappointment so the attraction technology was selfed for now.

The Closing of World of Universal Movies (1999-2001)

World of Universal Movies was an attraction that was located in the same show building as BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure and was sponsored by General Electric. Their sponsorship expired and they opted not to renew. Now without a sponsor, the park would now have to financially support the attraction themselves, Due to the lack of sponsorship and the costs made to fix the rides being too high, the ride frequently broke down and the parts and animatronics for the ride broke down due to this.

On November 16, 2000, Universal announced that World Of Universal Movies would close permanently on January 5, 2001, TBA.

The attraction closed on January 5, 2001, the day that the Universal Christmas Celebration ended. Both Theodore Chrisman and Don Bluth attended the closing ceremony and rode World Of Universal Movies one last time before it was gone. Theodore and Bluth were reportedly very disappointed with the removal of the attraction, and so much so, it’s rumoured that FiddleGriff threatened to cut ties with Europa if they removed Monster Plantation, another attraction designed by FiddleGriff.

The reason was publicly given, but the lack of corporate sponsorship is widely accepted as having played the largest part in the decision. Also widely speculated as a reason for the attraction closing were high operational costs without a sponsor and becoming very outdated and not that very popular during the late 90's.

In the early 2000s, rumors began to circulate that Universal would be making m Test Track/Journey Through The Land Before Time-esque hybrid ride system based on a cartoon franchise. By then, rumors did not specify which franchise they’d be basing the ride off of, but this would soon become clear after Universal confirmed they were working on a ride based off a cartoon franchise.

The building stood unoccupied for well over 6 months as Universal decided between either relaunching the attraction (which would have required a new storyline and major building renovation and upgrades) or demolishing the building and creating a new attraction in its place.

However, Europa Entertainment suggested an idea to gut the building and demolish some parts of the building, rebuild it and turn it into a new attraction stuck with Universal representatives and Europa Entertainment businessmen. It would take World of Universal Movies, close it down, and refurbish it into a new ride that focused only on a popular cartoon or a new movie franchise.

Again, the reason why it was closed because it was becoming outdated. Universal and Europa Entertainment wanted an E-Ticket thrill ride based on a more modern franchise. Several ideas were proposed such as The Fast and the Furious, The Mummy, and The Bourne Identity. Unfortunately, this new attraction would not have any involvement with Theodore Chrisman and Don Bluth, much to the disappointment of many fans.

The company decided to use its partnership with Team Bloo to make a ride based off BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Universal then approached Bloo J for permission to use his properties. With Bloo J's approval, Universal consulted Europa, Dynamic Structures, Sally Corp. and Universal Creative to think of ideas for the ride by 2002,

On October 17, 2001, at Soundstage 91, the ride was announced as BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure which was planned to open in Spring 2003.

Construction

After World of Universal Movies had closed on January 5, 2001, everything inside the ride building was removed, as the building was nearly taken down and rebuilt, whilst retaining the 1991 circular show building. After, a new track was constructed outside of the building which was used as the high-speed parts for BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure. Work inside the building also continued at the same time. The ride was scheduled to open in May 2003, but after numerous problems rose, the ride opening was delayed by nearly a year. Also, the cars used on the ride were designed to resemble the look of a bus or a taxi that is used to go through a tour of Sunshine Gardens.

Problems

Over the course of the construction of BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure, numerous problems occurred causing delays in the ride opening, as a result of Vivendi-Universal opting to purchase a prototype of a new ride system from ATS Systems that still needed a lot of work done. One problem that workers at Universal Creative had to overcome was that the wheels used on the ride vehicles could not stand up to the demand of the ride course and speed. This problem was resolved but a second, more severe problem caused the ride to be delayed by over a year. In order for the ride to run with the highest hourly capacity possible, twenty-nine ride vehicles would be needed. The ride programming system could only handle operating a maximum of six buses/taxis over the layout of the ride. One by one, programmers were able to get the computer system able to run twenty-nine ride vehicles all at once. After these problems were resolved, the ride soft-opened on July 4, 2004, and then BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure officially opened to the public on July 19, 2004.

Safety Sign 

WARNING!

This is a high-speed turbulent journey that includes sharp turns, dramatic accelerations, sudden braking, steeply-banked curves, sharp turns, tilting, sudden drops, and stops.

To ride, you must be free of:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart, Back or Neck Problems
  • Motion Sickness or Dizziness
  • Medical Sensitivities to Smoke, Strobe, and Fire Effects
  • Pregnancy
  • ...or any other conditions that may make the ride unsuitable

Passengers must be at least 44’ inches tall to ride

Exterior 

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Queue

Guests enter the ride by entering the massive The Bloo Studios and Sunshine Gardens Taxi Transportation facade browsing through the film setup of a fictional sequel titled "BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure". The show's, molds, and concept drawings are on display inside. 

The queue consists of the Stand-By line, the Express line, and the Single Riders line, The queue area is set up to resemble an old animation studio. First, we will get a small hallway with posters from fictional parody movies. The second section of the indoor queue is an eight-sided room, with the upper parts of the walls displaying some artist renderings of the characters from BFHFIF. The flat TV Screens are shown on top of the ceiling showing playing clips from BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episodes.

Much was made of this throughout the queue looking like a bus/taxi station boarding terminal with posters advertising voyages to different locations in the BlooJ's FHFIF universe, and a giant screen informed riders of various travel packages. This area was stocked with Audio-Animatronic characters that seemed to speak to the ride patrons (including Wilt, Edwardo and Coco), as well as a life-size mock-up of a The Sunshine Transport Taxi which riders were about to board

After weaving through the second room, guests then enter one of two pre-show theaters.

Pre-Show 

Guests are loaded into either Room A or Room B, then the lights dim and a projection appears.

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Safety Video 

Ride 

The guests exit the pre-show area and proceed down a staircase to the underground loading area. Cast members dressed as workers stand at control panels for the buses through windows in the walls (which are actually projection screens). After riders get on their vehicle (designed to look like buses), guests board and we find a cartoony robot at the driver's seat. The robot welcomes guests to their tour and tells guests about their buses. He says it is equipped with a GPS, DVD player, and an emergency beacon. Then buses speed off into a dark alley.

The tour begins in Sunshine Gardens as the tour bus passes a dark alleyway alongside various side businesses. As the tour buses approach a lighthouse situated on top of a rock, Mr. Herriman is heard in the background saying that some villains are on the loose and that the guests are really on a secret mission to investigate strange Sunshine Gardens related incidents via the taxis. Soon after, the guests encounter Bloo. He warns that he is in for the most dangerous night of his life and for the guests to be careful. He then goes off, hearing that Jenny has been kidnapped. In this scene, a series of synchronized effects are used to simulate Bloo jumping on the bus.

The bus almost crashes into an oncoming semi-truck before swerving out of the way, revealing that the semi-truck threw off the bus course. This causes the buses to enter the dark part of Sunshine Gardens where now you encounter Bendy and other villians from the series. Bendy says that they are here to crash Bloo's party and to take over all of Sunshine Gardens. Terrence then yells "Get em!". Your vehicle speeds through the lair, trying to evade the villains. Can't lands on the front of the cab. He then pulls his paw up behind his head to for one big final slash. “I’ll tell Frankie you said hello.” The cab spins, throwing Can't off and we crash through the side of a building.

We find ourselves driving through a milkshake parlor where we see Jose and Gigabyte sitting at a table sharing a tall chocolate milkshake. We can actually smell chocolate. “Hey! Watch where you’re going.” Gigabyte screams as we zoom by. “AHHHH!" "He’s right behind you!” Gigabyte screams. We then bust out the front door of the parlor and The Abandoned Cartoons leap in front of the cab (3D effect on the screen). The Abandoned Cartoons have the blocked as they laugh and creep forward. Bloo, still on the bus, comes from out of nowhere and pounces on him, pinning them to the ground. “I’ll take care of him! You guys get out of here!” We take a sharp right turn and speed away. We then pick up Wilt and Jenny so they can escape the villains.

our bus spins 180° to face the second screen on which Wilt is fighting one of the villains. and TBA chases the bus, who are furiously heading in reverse until TBA gets hit by a train Bendy grabs the bus and the two struggle until Bendy breaks a water pipe which sprays riders with water. the bus enters a dead-end pathway before reversing and hurl the bus into the sewer, where Bloo is waiting and says to go back to the Sunshine Bus Station But is attacked by TBA and TBA there

Our cowardly robot driver then comes up with the idea to try to hide the tour bus in a nearby warehouse and wait for Bloo's arrival. As he brings the tour bus to a stop inside the warehouse and looks for somewhere to tie it up, a sound is heard somewhere near the back of the warehouse. The nervous robot tries to figure out what it was, a loud crashing noise breaks the silence as the walls of the warehouse begin to shake. We then realize that someone is barging against the outside of the warehouse trying to break in. We stars to drive off butise unable to get the tour bus to drop into gear. After several tense seconds of fighting with the tour bus throttle, We finally ges it to drop into gear just as TBA finally breaks a hole through the wall and surfaces inside of the warehouse, grazing the side of the bus.

As the tour bus leaves the warehouse, we are speeding along, where to our right is the ocean at the bottom of the hill (3D effect on the screen). Bendy comes out and taunts us with his sinister laugh (3D effect on another screen). His hands start reaching into our bus and twirling inches in front of our face as we feel water dripping on us by audio animatronics. He then hits our bus, sending us spinning off down the side of the hill. We land in the water and our cab starts bobbing in the water. We start to feel the bus rise and we then see a giant animatronic of Bendy's face in front of our bus (similar to King Kong Encounter animatronics), as his hand blasts us with his laser. Berry comes over the side of the bus, laughing maniacally whilst holding a knife. We hear Mac's voice coming from the water beneath us. “Bendy, you let them go!” Bendy's head looks down as if he is looking at Mac. “Not a chance pathetic smarty ale!” “So be it!” We hear the blast of light as the room lights up in a golden glow by Bloo, who was called by Mr Herriman. He drops us and we are splashed as we start floating in the water again. Mac swims up to us and tells us to leave.

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In the next room, audio-animatronic figures of Bendy, Terrence, and the other villians are seen atop a bridge discussing the previous situation. Suddenly, Bendy notices the bus. The riders attempt to escape the bridge, where Bendy's group chase the bus. We then end up at Foster's as Bendy's group get hit by a sign while chasing the bus, TBA.  

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As the vehicle drops into the unload station, Bloo, Mac, and the gang thank the guests for their help and sends them back to the Toonville Transit Authority Bus Station.

Then passengers travel through a tunnel of flickering lights with a screen in front of them Mr Herriman thanks riders for joining him, assuring them that none of it was real and it was all special effects that were part of the Tour but however Bloo disagrees this as he and the guests we almost hurt by Bendy and his friends, as Mr. Herriman as he wants a cup of Coffee Suddenly, a hand passes over the screen and Bendy's arm along with TBA offers Herriman a cup of coffee. As Herriman screams and falls back in his chair, the screen fades to black, while riders hear TBA's roaring over M. Herriman's screams, Passengers are then asked to pack their stuff and leave. After exiting the ride vehicles, they enter Foster's (on the left) and Sunshine Mall Emporium (on the right of the gift shop), which is actually a gift shop.

Post Show/The Bloo Animation Workshop

Guests can play games and make an ad in the "The Bloo Showroom." In the showroom, guests can also check out some of the newest cartoons from Games Animation, Paramount, there is also a gift shop located at the exit like the original version of the ride.

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Gift Shop 

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Sunshine N' Vine Dine-In Restaurant

Formerly known as the Hollywood and Vine Dine-In Restaurant from 1991-2003, This is a place outside of the ride where passengers can get refreshments (food and/or drink) before the ride begins or after. TBA.

Menu

Pizzas/Italian cuisine (Sunshine Pizza)

  • Sunshine Pizza: Cheese Pizza
  • Sunshine Pizza: Pepperoni Pizza
  • Sunshine Pizza - A mini kids sized pizza. Cheese or pepperoni served with choice of side and beverage.
  • Sunshine Pizza: Meaty Pizza - A pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Mini Meatballs, Bacon and Canadian Bacon.
  • Sunshine Pizza: Veggie Pizza - A vegetable pizza.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Cuban Pizza - BBQ Pork, and Ham and Pickles combined with our super-secret cuban sauce on our special 7-cheese blend pizza.
  • Fettuccine

Chicken

  • Coco Chicken - egg-shaped chicken nuggets. These are homemade and gourmet.

Sides

  • Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
  • Hollywood Kebabs
  • Vine N' Dine Fries
  • Shrimp - Popcorn shrimp.
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • French Fries
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzel Bites - Authentic Auntie Anne's pretzel bites, served with a giant platter with all of our deluxe sauces.
  • Lobster Tail
  • Onion Rings
  • Curly Fries - Loaded Fries - French fries, curly fries, waffle fries, or a combination of the three with cheese, bacon [substitute for chili at extra cost], chives, scallops, sour cream, and a topping of your choice. [additional toppings include thousand island, ranch, jalapenos, tomatoes, queso, carne asada, steak, etc.)

Appetizers

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Seafood

  • Fish-N-Chips - English-style with seasoned fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce.
  • Shrimp Marinara - Linguini pasta, garlic, basil, white wine, tomatoes, crushed red pepper, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese.
  • Boom Boom Shrimp Bites - Miniature shrimp bites with boom boom sauce and a spice of your choice
  • TBA Fried Shrimp - with tartar and cocktail sauce, seasoned fries, coleslaw.
  • Shrimp Marinara - Linguini pasta, garlic, basil, white wine, tomatoes, crushed red pepper, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese.
  • Lemon Salmon - with pappardelle pasta, mushrooms, asparagus, red pepper, artichoke hearts, lemon-Alfredo sauce.

Pastas

  • Lasagna - Tomato, meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese.
  • Foster's Sunshine Pasta - TBA.
    • Foster's Sunshine Pasta with Shrimp - TBA
    • Foster's Sunshine Pasta with Chicken - TBA
  • Mushroom Ravioli - Lobster cream sauce, Roma tomatoes, spinach. Add shrimp.
  • Chicken and Shrimp Pasta - Jerk seasoning, peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, white wine Alfredo sauce, linguini.

Desserts

  • World of Parfaits- Creamy chocolate pudding with crushed Oreo cookies and gummy worms.
  • Bloo Sundae - A chocolate chip cookie topped with a choice of blueberry, vanilla or chocolate ice cream & chocolate sauce.
  • Cartoon Milkshakes - Bacon N' Vanilla, Strawberry Banana Blueberry, or Triple Chocolate Cookies N' Cream.
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Drinks

  • Any Coca-Cola Freestyle drink of your choice
  • ICEE products (made with Coca-Cola products including Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Fanta.)

Cast

Statistics 

  • Manufacturer: Dynamic Attractions, Sally Corporation (animatronics) , The Bloo Animation Studios, Games Animation/Kurtsy Krab, Paramount Feature Animation and Blur Studio (animation)
  • Designer: Universal Creative,
  • Top Speed: 45mph
  • Ride System: Slot Car/ EMV Dark Ride
  • Sponsorship: Dell (2004-2014)
  • Restriant: Seat belt
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Reaction

The ride has received critical acclaim from fans of the show and fans of the park who praised the story of the ride, the trills of the ride, theming, audio-animatronics, the mix of screens and audio-animatronics, the ride's thrilling ride system but it had mixed reactions from park fans form the 90's who loved World Of Universal Movies, some saying it didn't live up to the original attraction, while some said it was “too thrilling” compared to the light-hearted and humorous charm of World of Universal Movies.

Remnants of World of Universal Movies

Since the most show building remained intact during the transformation, many traces of the former attraction can still be found today if you know where to look.

  • The building still retains its unique circular design.
  • The ”cone plaza”, which housed the entrance and spiraling ride track is now indoors as part of the queue.
  • Many World of Universal Movies logos can be found throughout the attraction. These logos are references to the old attraction and can be found on trash bins, murals, and the attraction's main sign
  • The former loading station is now home to the preshow area.
  • The former unload station is now a hybrid load/unload station and the ride vehicles now travel in the opposite direction, unlike It’s former attraction.
  • Most of the attraction takes place on the second floor like it’s former counterpart.
  • The CenterCore finale scene was repurposed as a new elevated hill to take riders to the second floor where the ride is housed.
  • The ride vehicles now launch outside where the Invention of Sound scene was located.
  • The Bird animatronics are seen as Mega B in BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure witch tries to attack the riders
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Breakdown Spiels 

Technical Difficulties or Inclement Weather

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Evacuation

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Ride Restart

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Trivia 

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