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Universal Abandons Beloved Offering for App-Based Alternative

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As can be expected, many fans have differing feelings when it comes to the decisions of Orlando theme park resorts like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. As these parks adapt and innovate to stay up to date with the changing times, many fans look to the past and fondly remember the days when the parks were less technologically advanced.

Whether it’s the screen-based rides or the reliance on the resort applications, many fans resent the innovation of Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Now, another beloved Universal Orlando tradition is being whipped from their repertoire.

Related: Universal Orlando Announces Closure For Extended Period

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Universal Swaps out Paper for Phones

In a recent and perhaps heartbreaking decision for numerous devoted fans, Universal Studios has made the call to phase out the traditional paper park maps that have long been cherished and relied upon by visitors. Instead, Universal is embracing the digital age by transitioning to an app platform for all park-related information and navigation.

This transition marks a significant shift in the way guests will access and interact with Universal Resort’s wealth of attractions, entertainment offerings, and overall park experience. With the retirement of physical park maps, visitors will soon find themselves relying on the Universal Park Maps app, which aims to replace the tangible maps of yesteryears seamlessly.

Many fans resent this change and the loss of paper collectibles. For many fans, relying on a phone so heavily is not an ideal way to spend vacation.

Why Universal Made the Switch

While many fans resent the switch, there are valid reasons as to why Universal made this call. One of the key advantages of this digital platform is its ability to constantly update and adapt to reflect real-time changes within the park, ensuring that guests have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information at all times. This dynamic nature of the app will not only enhance guest experiences but also streamline the overall park operations and management.

Embracing this innovative shift from physical to digital maps also aligns with Universal’s commitment to environmental sustainability. By eliminating the need for printing and distributing paper maps, the resort reduces its overall paper consumption and its ecological footprint. This eco-conscious decision echoes Universal’s dedication to conservation efforts and promoting a greener future for the amusement park industry.

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While this shift will be sad for lovers of the physical maps, it will certainly be better for the environment.

How do you feel about this shift?

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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