Universal Orlando to Close Five Attractions in January 2023

Universal Orlando park globe

Universal Orlando Resort has announced the closing of at least five attractions to make way for what it termed “new family entertainment.”

Fievel’s Playland, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek and Donkey’s Meet & Greet will permanently close at end of day on January 15 2023, according to an announcement posted to the resort’s Twitter page.

In the same post, Universal Orlando indicated that “the E.T. Adventure, Animal Actors on Location!, SpongeBob StorePants – including meet and greets with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends – and KidZone Pizza Company will remain open.”

The area containing these attractions is located in the Universal Studios Florida park, in the area circled on the map below:

Universal Orlando - map of closures

So what could Universal fill that space with? There are a couple of franchises that would fit the “family entertainment” description.

The “Trolls” franchise is beloved by all ages, as is the “Secret Life of Pets” franchise.

What attractions are you sad to see closing? What would you like to see made into an attraction in that area? Let me know in the comments.


About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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