Universal Studios Florida Closes E.T. Adventure to Pay Respects to Ride Lead

Universal Studios Florida closed one of their main attractions today to honor ride lead Michael “Skip” Skipper who had passed away the previous night.

On the evening of July 4th, Skipper, who worked at Jaws as well as E.T.; and his son, Mikey, were heading home from a 4th of July celebration with family when they were struck head on by another vehicle that came into their lane. Skip died on impact and Mikey died shortly after being transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.


You may have noticed the attraction listed as ‘Closed’ on the Universal App if you tried to visit or check wait times. It is not known when the attraction will reopen to guests.

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Currently there is a Go-Fund Me set up to aid in the costs of the funeral for the family. You can donate to their relief here.

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