Universal: Multiple KidZone attractions closing to make way for new experiences

Last day of operation will be January 15

Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster (Landon McReynolds, WKMG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is about to shake up its KidZone area at Universal Studios Florida early next year.

The resort announced Tuesday night that they will soon close a number of experiences, including Fievel’s Playland, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, DreamWorks Destination and the recently moved Shrek and Donkey’s Meet and Greet.

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Curious George Goes to Town at Universal Orlando (WKMG)

“Universal Orlando Resort will soon begin work on bringing exciting new family entertainment to Universal Studios Florida that will immerse guests in the adventures of beloved animated characters,” leaders said in a news release.

Fievel’s Playland at Universal Orlando (WKMG)

Universal said that the E.T. Adventure, Animal Actors on Location!, SpongeBob StorePants store and KidZone Pizza Company will remain open for guests to enjoy.

Many of these attractions have been around for more than two decades.

Fievel’s Playland, based off the 1982 film “An American Tail,” first opened in the area in 1992. Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster and Curious George Goes to Town followed, both opening in 1998. DreamWorks Destination opened last year, months after Universal closed up “A Day in the Park with Barney.”

DreamWorks Destination at Universal Orlando (WKMG)

Finally, Shrek’s Meet and Greet just arrived in July after the green ogre’s 4D attraction closed for a new future experience.

Universal Orlando has not announced what new experiences will be coming in the future.

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About the Author:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.