It’s no secret that the Universal Orlando theme parks are some of Walt Disney World Resort’s biggest competitors. However, the one Universal Orlando theme park, in particular, is currently missing some classic attractions, and two more are about to follow suit and close.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure is home to 8 different themed areas: Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, The Lost Continent, and Suess Landing.
Each theme park area hosts a different combination of attractions, eateries, gift shops, and more. But it goes without saying that some sites are more popular than others. Recently, Disney Dining reported on the closure of one of Island of Adventure’s most popular attractions: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Today, we’re reporting on the reopening of an attraction and the upcoming closure of two more attractions.
Over in Jurassic Park, there are two beloved rides: Jurassic World VelociCoaster and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Jurassic World VelociCoaster recently debuted in 2021 and quickly became an instant classic. Jurassic Park River Adventure debuted nearly two decades ago, in 1996. This log flume-styled attraction is well-beloved for its use of animatronic dinosaurs, huge drop, and thrills.
However, Jurassic Park River Adventure recently closed for routine refurbishment. Fortunately, it’s scheduled to open on February 4!
Over in The Lost Continent, Poseidon’s Fury is scheduled to close on February 6 and reopen on the 10. Poseidon’s Fury is a walk-through-styled attraction inspired by Greek mythology. The attraction is full of thrilling fight scenes and effects ranging from dated to stunning.
In Toon Lagoon, Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges is scheduled to close shortly afterward on February 13 and will reopen on March 10. This attraction is a water ride in which Guests are sure to get wet as they float down a not-so-lazy river.
Although Universal Orlando’s official website doesn’t state precisely why these attractions have closed, we can assume it’s for routine maintenance based on the timing of these closures.