But first, a little history…fans of the films will remember that at the end of the first movie, Doc turns up at the McFly house having arrived there from the future and needs Marty and Jennifer’s help as their kids are in trouble. A quick rummage through the bins for fuel and they get going, with the immortal line of ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need, roads’ preceding the DeLorean taking off and flying to the future. Sadly flying cars powered by litter are not a reality yet!
This sets the scene for the second movie, where Doc, Marty and Jennifer arrive back into Hill Valley in 2015 to be greeted by flying cars, self-adjusting clothes, a holographic trailer for Jaws 19 and of course, the one thing Back to the Future fans all over the world have long lusted for – hoverboards!
30 years since the first movie was released, they have gone on to gain a cult following, with many of us here at ATD fully fledged BTTF mega fans and long awaiting some of the other technological innovations that were predicted in Back to the Future II to come to fruition. But whilst we may be still waiting for our hoverboards, there are still a number of ways you can live out your time travelling fantasies.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Many of the most iconic scenes throughout the trilogy featured the Hill Valley courthouse, with these all shot at Universal Studios Hollywood. Despite several fires, the set is still standing today and is included within the studio backlot tour, so fans will be able to get some great pictures of the famous courthouse that was so famously struck by a bolt of lightning at the end of the first film.
In addition to the set, there was a Back to the Future ride at the park that ran from 1993 to 2007 and saw passengers climb into a DeLorean for a first person adventure through time in pursuit of Biff Tannen – the villain of the movie trilogy. The ride was a simulator using an IMAX screen and despite its huge popularity, it was replaced in 2007 by The Simpsons ride.
Today guests to the park can still see the original “A” DeLorean time machine that was used throughout the trilogy at the NBCUniversal Experience attraction, having been painstakingly restored to its original glory. There are also a number of futuristic cars from Back to the Future II on display as part of the studio tour. Keep your eyes peeled as well for Doc Brown, who can often be found roaming the park for a great photo op!
Universal Orlando Resort
As with Universal Studios Hollywood, there was a hugely popular simulator ride based on the films at Universal Studios Florida that operated from 1991 to 2007 before it was also replaced by The Simpsons.
Guests visiting today will however still be able to find a DeLorean, the train from Back to the Future III and Doc Brown in the park for that much needed photo to remember your visit.