Jaws is an amusement park attraction based upon the films of the same name. The attraction places guests aboard boats for what should be a leisurely tour of Amity Harbor, but instead becomes a harrowing chase between the craft and a very determined great white shark. "Jaws" is an expanded version of a famous scene on the long-running backlot tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, also inspired by the movie, and can be found at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. A near-duplicate version can also be found at Universal Studios Japan near Osaka.
After the shark Jaws was eventually destroyed by Chief Brody and Quint, the tourisim on Amity Island strongly decreased. However, seaman resident Jake Grundy decided to open a new boat tour on the island which takes visitors out to the historic areas where the shark attacks occurred. This ultimately brought back the tourism to the Island.
The tour begins with a quick visit to Chief Brody's home. Suddenly, as the boat rounds the lighthouse, the guide hears a distress call from a fellow skipper, Gorden. His call for help degenerates into screams of terror, then an eerie silence. The skipper contacts the base to figure out what is going on with Gorden and seconds later, the tour group discovers just what happened, as the remains of Gorden's tour boat sink beneath the surface of the harbor.
The in-charge skipper looks around in worry and mixed horror. Suddenly, a dorsal fin rises out of the water ... the dorsal fin of what appears to be a very large shark! The shark submerges and passes under the boat. The tour guide pulls out the now-handy grenade launcher (whilst saying, 'Wait, these things are actually loaded?!) and shoots a grenade at the shark, but it misses. A second shot also misses. The tour guide then decides to hide out in a boathouse that was formerly owned by the grizzled old shark hunter, Quint. Inside the pitch-black boathouse, the skipper turns on his flashlight and scans around. Something rocks the shack, knocking boats into the water. Attempting to escape, the skipper struggles to get the boat's engine into gear, succeeding just as the giant shark surfaces and grazes the side of the boat-mouth wide open-.
The skipper contacts the base to get help, and is told that Chief Brody will be there in 10 minutes. Thinking the boat—and its passengers—will be shark bait in 10 minutes, the skipper decides to take the offensive if the shark attacks again. Unfortunately, the next grenade shot manages to hit a gas dock, which erupts in flames, threatening the boat. As a last resort, the skipper decides to unload in an old fishing dock.The shark circles and rocks the boat from under. Then suddenly, shark attacks yet again, but one last shot from the skipper's grenade gun and the shark explodes in a cloud of smoke, showering the left side of the boat with water. Its desiccated corpse then surfaces, then slowly sinks to the bottom of the lake, but not before making one last jutt towards the boat, and the latest menace to the tranquility of Amity Harbor is eliminated.
The canopy of the ride's boats were originally curved, but are now flat.
The skippers for the ride would originally wear a white sailor's hat, but now do not wear any type of hats.
The wooden building that you pass on the right at the beginning of the ride was originally a boat shack which the Jaws character 'Quint' owns, with a duplicate of the Orca outside it. This building has been renamed Steven's Canery, with the Orca removed.
After the boats exited the boat house, Jaws would appear and turn the boat counter-clockwise by 90 degress before losing his grip. This section has been turned into the gas dock area of the ride.
At the finale of the ride, Jaws would appear once again and the skipper would shoot a grenade into his mouth followed by Jaws "exploding" into bits and pieces, with blood gushing through the water. The ending has now been changed.
Water effects were added to the sinking Amity 3 boat, Causing guests to be splashed.
Some fire effects have been removed from the gas dock portion of the ride.
The queue has been cleaned, and the area on the right is now only used when the ride's queue is overloaded.
The Jaws animatronics have been painted with more red, to give the sharks more cuts and scars.
The rehab lasted from January 28th, 2008 through February 8th, 2008. The changes include: