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Universal Orlando Resort is home to many iconic attractions and rides at two world-class theme parks at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Over the past two decades, Universal Orlando Resort fans have had to say goodbye to many iconic attractions, including Back to the future: The path, JAWSand Twister…Ride It Out, to name a few.

Universal Studios Jaws
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In fact, there are only two attractions left at Universal Studios Florida that were there when the theme park opened on June 7, 1990: Universal Orlando’s Horror Makeup Show and ET Adventure.

Last week, Universal Orlando announced that the entire area around ET Adventure would be closing permanently next January. This includes Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, Fievel’s Playland, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek meets Donkey.

The company shared this statement on social media:

“Universal Orlando Resort will soon begin offering exciting new family entertainment at Universal Studios Florida that will immerse guests in the adventures of beloved animated characters. To make way for these new additions, Fievel’s Playland, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek and Donkey’s Meet & Greet will close on January 16, 2023 (last day of operation will be January 15, 2023).

The ET Adventure, Animal Actors on Location!, SpongeBob StorePants – including Meet and Greet with SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends – and KidZone Pizza Company will remain open for guests to enjoy.

Stay tuned – more details about new experiences coming to Universal Studios Florida will be revealed in the coming months. For the latest destination updates, visit”

Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort
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With ET Adventure remaining open, it has led to many fans breathing a sigh of relief, but if that’s not enough, Universal has been open about how important the theme park ride is and what it means for Universal. Florida Studios.

This week alone, Universal shared several Tweets about the beloved ride, assuring fans it’s here to stay.

Them: It’s time to go. Us: Not before doing ET Adventure.

In another Tweet, Universal shared a message referencing the “relieved Denzel gif”, mentioning the attraction.

From various reports, it has been shared that Universal and Steven Spielberg have a contract in place that promises Spielberg that the ride will remain at the theme park. If that ever changed, Spielberg would no longer be a consultant for Universal Pictures.

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