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Theme parks count on mournful visitors to take one last ride aboard dying attractions

When Amanda Haney was a kid, the teeth-baring dinosaurs on Jurassic Park - The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood seemed all too real. These days, the Fullerton sales executive is feeling more sad than scared about the attraction's Sept. 3 extinction.

"I like how the ride is like a condensed version of the movie, and it plays to your emotions," said Haney, 29.

Universal Studios Hollywood is pushing Haney and other fans of the boat ride through a land of prehistoric monsters to enjoy a last scare - and throw more dollars into the theme park's coffers.

Through television and online ads, Universal Studios Hollywood has been hyping the final days of the 22-year-old ride, a promotional campaign that includes the sale of $27

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