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Universal Orlando Resort Refurbishments and Closures for May 2023

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Check out all the latest from Universal Orlando Resort, with our list of closures and refurbishments.

Island's of Adventure Poseidon's Fury

Welcome to another month of closures and refurbishments at Universal Orlando Resort.

We know it can be difficult to keep up to date with what's open and what's closed at the theme parks, and that's why we will be keeping this list up to date to help you avoid disappointment when you arrive at the parks, there is nothing worse than looking forward to an attraction, and finding out it's closed when you rock up to the entrance!

As we head into May we are still seeing a lot of construction walls around Universal Studios Florida, with work continuing on the new Minions attraction and restaurant, plus we have the ongoing construction on the former KidZone area, which has now seen a new temporary entrance to The E.T. Adventure due to the ongoing transformation of the area.

Over at Island's of Adventure, the big news is the permanent closure of Poseidon's Fury, ride it while you can!!

Current Universal Orlando Resort Closures & Refurbishments

Current Universal Orlando Resort Closures & Refurbishments

Poseidon's Fury at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Dates: May 10, 2023 - Permanent

Universal Orlando Resort revealed in mid-April that Poseidon's Fury will permanently close at Universal's Islands of Adventure from May 10, this leaves you only days to enjoy the attraction one last time before it disappears forever when the park closes on May 9.

Universal Orlando have not announced a replacement for the attraction, only promising "exciting new experiences,".

Poseidon's Fury was an opening day attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure when it opened back in 1999.

KidZone at Universal Studios Florida
Dates: January 15, 2023 -

The majority of KidZone closed at Universal Studios Florida on January 15, with Fievel's Playland, Woody Woodpecker Family Coaster, Curious George, DreamWorks Destination and Shrek & Donkey Meet & Greet all now gone forever.

While no official announcement has been made what is replacing the closed attractions, the area will be transformed into Universal's DreamWorks Animation Land which is scheduled to open in 2024.

Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle at Universal's Islands of Adventure

November 1, 2022 - September ?

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle had its last show of the season on October 31 and will not return to Universal's Island's Of Adventure until September, 2023 where it should return until Halloween, October 31, 2023.

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration at Universal Studios Florida

Dates: March 9 - Permanent

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration night show which took place in Universal studios Florida lagoon featured fountains, pyrotechnics, lasers, water screens an more.

While the show has ended, it's known that Universal is working ion a new nighttime show and is set to feature drones.

And that's everything, not too many current closures, and it's no surprise at we head into the busier summer months.

Have a great month!

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