BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure is 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 is located at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios London, Universal Studios Manhattan and Universal Studios Japan.
It is based off the BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends media franchise.
The ride is considered to be one of the most technologically complex attractions Universal has ever built.
Ever since the ride opened, it was a critical success and one of Universal's most popular attractions.
It’s also been considered one of the scariest attractions Universal has ever made in their parks due to some parts taking place in darkness as well as some frightening imagery including depictions of violence, noise and slight depictions of blood.
World of Universal Movies was an attraction that was located in the current building of 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.
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 reportably very disappointed with the attractions removal, and so much so, it’s rumored 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speculated as a reason for the attraction closing were high operational costs without a sponsor and becoming very outdated and not that very popular during the late 90's.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 making a 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 (that's more mature) or a mature movie franchise.
Again, the reason why it was closed because it was becoming outdated. Universal and Europa Entertainment wanted an E-Ticket attraction based on a more mature franchise. Several ideas were proposed such as South Park, Family Guy, The Thing, Alien, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th or Child's Play. 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 Bloo J to make a ride based off BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Universal then approached Bloo for permission to use his properties. With Bloo's approval, Universal consulted Europa, Dynamic Structures, Sally Corp. and Universal Creative to think of ideas for the ride by 2002.
On October 12, 2001, at Soundstage 21, the ride was announced as BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure which was planned to open in Spring 2003.
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. 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 Toonville.
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. 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, BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Adventure officially opened to the public on July 19, 2004.
Dark Spaces and Loud Noises
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.
Failure to follow posted guidelines may result in serious injury or expulsion from the park.
Due to some frightening imagery on this ride, parental discretion is advised.
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
- ...or any other conditions that may make the ride unsuitable
Passengers must be at least 46’ inches tall to ride and 48’ inches to ride alone
Guests enter the ride by entering the massive The Bloo Studios 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 (ImmerseBand line at USL) 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 animated movies by The Bloo and Games Animation from 1964-2019. 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 flatscreen TVs are shown on top of the ceiling showing playing clips from BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episodes.
After weaving through the second room, guests then enter one of two pre-show theaters.
Guests are loaded into either Room A or Room B, then the lights dim and a projection appears.
The guests exit the pre-show area and proceed down a staircase to the underground loading area. Universal cast members dressed as workers stand at control panels for the Toonville car park. Guests go onto the Toonville cars and they speed off into a dark alley, replicating the feel of going outside. The car then goes over to the bus station. We are now at the Toonville Bus Station. Guests work themselves to the end of the line where they are given 3D glasses.
Universal cast members dressed as workers stand at control panels for the Toonville buses through windows in the walls (which are actually projection screens). After riders get on their vehicle (designed to look like Toonville buses), guests board and we find Bob and Larry at the driver's seat. Bob 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 Toonville as the tour boat passes the homes of SpongeBob’s house, Squidward’s house, Patrick’s rock, and Sandy’s treedome as well as 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 Toonville 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 Toonville where now you encounter Bendy, Plankton, Terrence, Can't, Chloe, and The Abandoned Cartoons (including The Problem Gang, Angela, The Mega Babies, Alfe, Fred, Pickle, Peanut, and Tex.). Bendy says that they are here to crash Bloo's party and to take over all of Toonville, including Toonville. Terrence then yells "Get em!". The Mega Babies then start screaming at you and they start using attacks. 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 the Krusty Krab where we see Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny sitting at a table sharing a tall chocolate milkshake. “Hey! Watch where you’re going.” Cartman screams as we zoom by. We also see SpongeBob and Patrick eating a big plate of fries. “AHHHH!" "It’s Alfe and he’s right behind you!” SpongeBob screams. We then bust out the front door of the diner 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 Mr. Pickles. and The Problem Gang chases the bus (Bob and Larry) who are furiously heading in reverse until The Problem Gang 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 Toonville Bus Station But is attacked by TBA and TBA there
Bob and Larry then comes up with the idea to try to hide the tour bus in a nearby warehouse and wait for Bloo's arrival. As Bob and Larry bring 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. As nervous Bob tries to figure out what it was, a loud crashing noise breaks the silence as the walls of the warehouse begin to shake. Bob and Larry realize that The Mega Babies are barging against the outside of the warehouse trying to break in. Bob and Larry starts to drive off but are unable to get the tour bus to drop into gear. After several tense seconds of fighting with the tour bus throttle, Bob and Larry finally gets it to drop into gear just as The Mega Babies break 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). Plankton 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 Plankton's face in front of our bus (similar to King Kong Encounter animatronics), as his hand blasts us with his laser. Plankton comes over the side of the bus, laughing maniacally. We hear Mr. Krabs' voice coming from the water beneath us. “Plankton, you let them go!” Plankton's head looks down as if he is looking at Mr. Krabs, Spongebob and Patrick. “Not a chance pathetic crab salad!” “So be it!” We hear the blast of a light as the room lights up in a gold glow by Spongebob, who was called by Mr. Herriman and Mr. Krabs. He drops us and we are splashed as we start floating in the water again. Mr. Krabs swims up to us and tells us to leave.
In the next room, audio-animatronic figures of Bendy, Terrence, Can't, Plankton and Tex are seen atop the Toonville 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 the Bendyfriendz get hit by a sign while chasing the bus. Passengers are then asked to pack their stuff and leave. After this, they enter Foster's, which is actually a gift shop.
Before passengers enter the gift shop, Mr. Herriman congratulates us for helping get rid of the villains.
The Foster's Cafe\The Toonville Dine-In Restaurant
This is a place outside of the ride where passengers can get refreshments (food and/or drink) before the ride begins or after. TBA.
Pizzas/Italian cuisine (Mario Bros Pizza)
- Toonville Mario Bros Pizza: Cheese Pizza
- Toonville Mario Bros Pizza: Pepperoni Pizza
- Toonville Mini Pizza - A mini kids sized pizza. Cheese or pepperoni served with choice of side and beverage.
- Toonville Mario Bros Pizza: Meat Friends Pizza - A pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Mini Meatballs, Bacon and Canadian Bacon.
- Toonville Mario Bros Pizza: Bob and Larry's 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.
- Coco Chicken - egg-shaped chicken nuggets. These are homemade and gourmet.
- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
- Shrek's World Famous Kebabs
- Donkey's Waffle Fries
- Shrimp - Popcorn shrimp.
- Bob and Larry's 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.)
- 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.
- Lasagna - Tomato, meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese.
- Foster's Toonville Pasta - TBA.
- Foster's Toonville Pasta with Shrimp - TBA
- Foster's Toonville Pasta with Chicken - TBA
- Mushroom Ravioli - Lobster cream sauce, Roma tomatoes, spinach. Add shrimp.
- Island Chicken and Shrimp Pasta - Jerk seasoning, peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, white wine Alfredo sauce, linguini.
- TBA - 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.
- Any Coca-Cola Freestyle drink of your choice
- ICEE products (made with Coca-Cola products including Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Fanta.)
- Manufacturer: Dynamic Attractions
- Designer: Universal Creative
- Top Speed: 65mph
- Ride System: Slot Car/ EMV Dark Ride
- Restraint: TBA
Technical Difficulties or Inclement Weather
- When the passengers go past Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny sitting at a table sharing a tall chocolate milkshake, they are able to smell the milkshake.