From www.wdwinfo.com

Rumor: Smurfs to replace E.T. at Universal Orlando?
Jul 1, 2013

Could the Smurfs be coming to Universal Orlando? According to the theme park website Screamscape.com, there is a rumor on the internet that Universal is planning to remove the E.T. ride and retheme it based on the Smurfs. The post reads: "The actual rumor going around is that Universal may be in talks with Sony about bringing The Smurfs to Universal Orlando. In fact, one of our own readers was asked to take a survey in the past week, which pitched new ride concepts based on The Lorax (for Islands of Adventure) and a 'flying' dark ride concept based on The Smurfs that sounded very much like a plan to reuse the E.T. ride system."

Universal has been ramping up the new projects lately, after being acquired by Comcast Corp. in February. No official announcements have been made regarding this rumor yet, but we will be sure to update when and if this happens.