JAWS Ride

The JAWS Ride at Universal Studios Florida, aka Captain Jake’s Amity Boat Tours closed for good on January 2, 2012.  The ride originally opened on June 7, 1990 and was one of two original attractions still open, the other being the E.T. Ride.


  • The cost of the ride was $65 million dollars
  • The attraction’s queue holds a maximum of 1,000 guests for up to 90 minutes.
  • Over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of electrical wire are used throughout the attraction.
  • The ride track is approximately 1,140 feet (350 m) in length and features a total of three track switches; two near the unload dock to take tour boats in and out of the boat storage siding, and one near the load dock to take tour boats in and out of the boat maintenance building.
  • The tour boats travel through the attraction at an average speed of approximately 2 knots.
  • The total ride time is approximately 5 minutes.
  • The attraction’s Theoretical Hourly Ride Capacity is listed at a maximum of 2,500 guests per hour.
  • Amity Harbor covers an area of roughly 7 acres (2.8 ha) and holds approximately 5,000,000 U.S. gallons (19,000,000 L) of water.
  • The shark animatronics move through the water at speeds of up to 20 feet (6.1 m) per second and thrust with the power equal to that of a Boeing 737 aircraft at takeoff.
  • The shark is seen a total of seven times throughout the attraction; five times on the port side of the tour boat and twice on the starboard side.

 

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  1. Please share your memories of The JAWS Ride here … :mrgreen:

  2. If you know me, you know that JAWS is my favorite film ever and that my passion for the film is second to none. So, when my wife and I got married and headed to Orlando for our honeymoon, you can guess what attraction was tops on my list! I had waited 10 years to board the Amity Tour boat and was not disappointed! To this day, the ride remains my favorite attraction in my one time I got to visit the park. I had always planned on taking my son on this ride and am saddened that I will never have that chance. I can only hope that Universal will find a new way to bring JAWS into the 21st century with some new, innovative ride. Taking the legacy of that film (especially what it meant to Universal as a movie company) from the park would be criminal to film enthusiasts and “fin-atics” across the world.

  3. I will never see it again, I was just a kid when my parent brought me there but it was one of our most vivid memory for me and my brother

  4. I went there last weekend and rode it twice, once to get all the photos, and once to enjoy it. In hindsight I probably should have ridden it more than that. I might have to go one more time. Going on the ride for the first time in 1995 led to me creating this very website.

  5. If you need to go again…let me know. I can help with that 😉

  6. I can’t believe I have lived my life as a JAWS fanatic and will never get a chance to go on this ride! I had it planned as a part of our Honeymoon in late 2012…

  7. Man, do I want to ride that ride!

  8. the ride got shut down

  9. Checked out the site today and just read this news. Really disappointed to hear this. I had hoped to try & go to Universal again next year. Guess I better save my Jaws shirt from our visit in 96.

  10. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO RIDE BOTH JAWS RIDES IN ORLANDO. IF SOME OF YOU DIDNT KNOW THE ORIGINAL RIDE WAS A BIT DIFFERENT AND THEY BLEW THE SHARK UP TO PIECES LIKE IN THE FIRST FILM. THE RIDE HAD TO MANY FLAWS SO THEY SCRAPPED IT AND COMPLETELY REWORKED IT WITH ANOTHER RIDE COMPANY.

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