Next best thing to being in Florida in ’92


Imagine if you could get to see the entire Ghostbusters Spooktacular nearly 15 years after Universal Studios Florida closed it down. Well, maybe you can, after a fashion…

Being in the wrong country and being of the wrong age, I never got to see the Ghostbusters Spooktacular at Universal Studios Florida. I heard a lot about it and there are many fans who recall their visits fondly, but I missed it, as did many others, I’m sure. So I thought I’d try something – using the small handful of videos of the show, which can be found on YouTube, I was able to stitch together an entire run of the show. It’s not great video or audio in places, but the availability of a couple of Universal promotional videos allowed for a unique version of the show, not unlike watching a stage play on PBS. I apologize in advance for the sight and sound quality in places, but I hope those of you that never got to attend to show will find this illuminating and I hope that those of you that did get to attend find it reminiscent of your visit.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I am currently working on a version of the second version of the show. In time, I might even attempt the final version of the Ghostbusters at Universal Studios, their Great Fright Way show, which ran outside until 2005.

Doc Brown promotes Spooktacular in rare 1988 video!

In 1988, Christopher Lloyd, as Doc Brown from Back to the Future, stars in a promotional video for the still under construction Universal Studios Orlando theme park, which when complete, featured the Ghostbusters Spooktacular, as well as the Back to the Future ride. It’s not clear what the video was for, having been made two years before the park opened – it might have been made for shareholders or travel brokers.

At 6:26 in the video, Doc Brown is edited into the Mr. Stay-puft attack at the end of the movie. It is a fantastic slice of cheese – thanks to Dapper Dan for finding it!

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For those unfamiliar with the show, it ran from 1990-1998 as an indoor spectacular, and then until 2005 was reduced to a song and dance number with Beetlejuice on the street, then folded. Here’s a small taste;