Universal Studios Florida

Amity (EXTINCT!)

 

History and photos of the former Amity section in Universal Studios Florida.

Located in the back of Universal Studios Florida and continuing with the nautical theming of San Francisco is Amity, a section of the park straight out of 1975's thriller shark movie, Jaws.

Universal Studios Florida - Amity - 1991

Like San Francisco, Amity was designed around one main attraction.  In this case it's Jaws, a guided boat tour around Amity Island in which the riders were attacked multiple times by the menacing great white shark.

Amity itself is themed to be the island community during the annual 4th of July celebration.  There's fun music in the air, there are carnival games and food stands, and then there's a giant shark hanging in front of Captain Jake's Amity Boat Tours.

Universal Studios Florida - Amity - 1998 - 01 Universal Studios Florida - Amity - 1998 - 02

While a version of Jaws did open when Universal Studios Florida opened on June 7, 1990, that early version of the ride was plagued with technical problems and was only open for a few months.  The ride had to be re-designed and constructed again from scratch, and the second version of Jaws wouldn't open until the spring of 1993.

San Francisco / Amity - 2012

Once Jaws opened in the spring of 1993, the Amity area remained relatively unchanged until Jaws went through a brief period of temporary closures from 2005-2007.  Jaws and Amity both closed for good on January 2, 2012 to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.  The new Harry Potter area opened in the summer of 2014.

TRIVIA Near the entrance to the Jaws ride was an old sail boat called Neptune's Folly.  This was the boat prop from the 1987 Hollywood box office bomb known as Jaws: The Revenge.

Additional photo pages for Amity include:

Jaws

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Amity - demolition - June of 2012: