The Universal Orlando Resort recently shuttered a family-friendly area of its Parks, and new aerial photos show just how quickly the entire structure has been demolished!
With three theme parks filled with unique attractions, exciting characters, and delicious themed food, it’s no wonder that Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay continue to delight Guests of all ages. Moreover, with more thrill rides, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s immersive theming, and a lower price point, the Orlando rival has begun to attract customers away from the Walt Disney World Resort.
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However, with so much action within the “magic behind movies” Parks, it’s easy to forget about content aimed at younger visitors to create a balanced set of experiences. One such example was Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone at Universal Studios Florida, which unfortunately closed on January 16 of this year, with fans having no idea what would go up in its place.
Previously, the area included many attractions, character meet-and-greets, and retail or dining locations geared toward a family audience. Now, while certain attributes like E.T. Adventure, SpongeBob StorePants, and Animal Actors on Location! remain, Fievel’s Playland is completely demolished, with the Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster being refurbished for the new location.
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Although Universal has not announced plans for the space, based on permits filed by Universal, many fans believe the area will become a hotspot for the beloved animated characters of DreamWorks Animation. Especially with the success of the recent Puss in Boots film, a Shrek-universe-themed play area could be a good replacement for the now partially destroyed Curious George Goes to Town location, including Shrek’s swamp and character interaction with the green ogre and his hilarious sidekick Donkey.
In the back, many speculate Universal will build more Kung Fu Panda options, either bringing in an interactive quick-service dining location or a live show with Jack Black’s Po similar to Turtle Talk with Crush using new patented technology. Additionally, the hit Trolls franchise could take over locations like the coaster and the former Barney Theater, hosting a Trolls or all-DreamWorks dance party with Poppy and Branch to get younger Guests moving!
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While the exact intentions for the remodel remain unknown, the construction walls feature pictures of DreamWorks characters, giving a good indication of the future theme. Company documents filed with the state of Florida show construction will be complete as soon as March 29, 2024!