Universal Announces Major Closures with Rumors of Incoming Rollercoaster

Universal Studios Hollywood Closures

We previously shared the big news that Walt Disney World Resort’s top competitor, Universal Orlando Resort, will soon close multiple major attractions at its Central Florida location. Now, Universal Studios Hollywood is joining in on the closure news.

Recently, Universal Orlando Resort announced it would be closing multiple attractions, including Fievel’s Playland, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek and Donkey’s Meet & Greet. The last day of operation for these experiences will be on January 15, 2023.

Credit: Universal Orlando Resort

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While Universal Studios Florida has yet to announce what will be built in place of these attractions, they were clear to announce that the nostalgic E.T. Adventure in this area will remain open!

Now, Disneyland Resort’s theme park competitor in California, Universal Studios Hollywood, has announced closures, including Universal’s “Animal Actors” and “Special Effects” shows, as well as the Production Central Store. These experiences will close on January 8, 2023, to make way for “a future attraction.”

Universal Studios Hollywood Globe
Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

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According to reports, there has been a long-standing rumor about a new Fast & Furious roller coaster may be in the plans for this location.

The Fast & Furious film franchise has been successful for Universal since it first debuted in 2001, with nine spinoff films and shows, including a 2023 film titled Fast X (Fast & Furious 10) with the teaser trailer below:

But is the Fast & Furious film franchise worthy of a ride at the Universal Parks? Only time will tell if this roller coaster rumor comes to fruition!

Although new development is exciting, such as Universal Orlando’s new Epic Universe theme park and Universal Hollywood’s new Super Nintendo World, seeing old favorites go is difficult!

Universal Animal Actors
Universal’s Animal Actors (Credit: Universal)

Universal’s Animal Actors was a 20-minute show that allowed Park Guests to see scenes from The Secret Life of Pets re-enacted, watch exclusive film content, and witness Tinseltown-trained critters putting pet tricks to shame with their animal antics.

Universal Special Effects
Universal’s Special Effects (Credit: Universal)

Universal’s Special Effects was another show with a 25-minute runtime that allowed the movie magic to come to life, described with, “Get an exclusive behind-the scenes look into your favorite blockbuster movies in our Special Effects Show as stunts, practical effects and cutting-edge technology come to life.”

Universal Hollywood Production Central
Production Central (Credit: Universal)

Lastly, Production Central was a one-stop shop with plenty of Hollywood-inspired apparel, souvenirs, collectibles, and posters. We’re sure Universal will find another great location to continue offering souvenirs!

As always, we will continue to share the latest news from Disney and Universal as it is released.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.