‘A Day in the Park with Barney’ goes extinct at Universal Orlando
A Day in the Park with Barney show at Universal Orlando. ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando is bidding farewell to everyone’s once favorite purple dinosaur, Barney. The children’s show is located in Universal Studios’ Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone. — Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) February 3, 2021A Day in the Park with Barney had been at Universal Orlando for 25 years. A Day in the Park with Barney at Universal Orlando.
Volcano Bay announces monthslong closure for maintenance
ORLANDO, Fla. – Months after reopening from its coronavirus closure, Universal’s Volcano Bay water park will once again close its gates. Only this time, it’s a planned closure. Volcano Bay will begin a seasonal closure on Nov. 2, with a current planned reopening timeframe of on or before March 1, the theme park said. “We will use the seasonal closure to conduct annual maintenance on several attractions and areas of the park at the same time,” the park said in a news release. “We are working with guests who have purchased tickets to visit Volcano Bay during this timeframe.”The theme park will also contact Universal Orlando Annual Passholders affected by this update.
Universal announces another round of layoffs as coronavirus limits theme park attendance
ORLANDO, Fla. Another round of Universal employees are now without work as the company announces a second set of layoffs amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Company officials confirmed the second round of layoffs in a statement on Friday, just weeks after announcing its first set of job cuts due to financial hardships brought on by the virus. Universal Studios Florida, Universals Islands of Adventure and Universals Volcano Bay all closed in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the layoffs, Universal has also had to temporarily halt construction on its fourth Central Florida theme park: Epic Universe. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
CANCELED: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando will not be happening this year
Following the theme of 2020 and numerous canceled events, Universal announced Friday that its major tourist attractor Halloween Horror Nights will not be happening this year. According to a news release, Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests. Scareactors prowl through the streets of Universal Studios preying on those who are unsuspecting of a quick fright. Universal Studios Florida, Universals Islands of Adventure and Universals Volcano Bay all closed in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo: Universal Orlando ResortTo keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Universal Orlando lays off theme park employees
ORLANDO, Fla. Weeks after opening for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck Central Florida, Universal Orlando announced that it would need to lay off some of its theme park employees. Most recently, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our Parks & Resorts workforce across multiple locations and business units. Universal Studios Florida, Universals Islands of Adventure and Universals Volcano Bay all closed in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. Already, Universal has had to temporarily halt construction on its fourth Central Florida theme park: Epic Universe. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Universal Orlando to reopen its parks starting in June
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando got the go-ahead Friday to open all three of its Central Florida parks starting June 5. John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Universal Parks & Resorts, presented Universal’s reopening plan to Orange County’s economic recovery task force Thursday. On a new section of its website dedicated to providing responses about the reopening, Universal Orlando listed these safety measures:Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter Universal CityWalk or the theme parks. “We want to invite guests back to our theme parks in a cautious and thoughtful way,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer for Universal Parks & Resorts.
Halloween Horror Nights dates released for 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Orlando Resort for its 24th year on September 19. On 28 select nights from September 19 through November 1, guests will explore eight haunted houses, navigate multiple street experiences with "scareactors," enjoy two live shows and experience many of Universal Studios Florida's rides and attractions. Event nights are on:September 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and 28October 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31November 1Visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com for updates on ticket packages.