8 Refurbishments And Closures Happening Now At Universal Orlando Resort (UPDATED December 2022)

It is important for guests visiting Universal Orlando Resort to know which rides and attractions are closed for refurbishment or for another reason to avoid disappointment. It can be difficult to keep up to date with the changing schedules so we are collating the current list of refurbishments planned for Universal Orlando Resort during December and beyond. 

Last month we saw Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida get a short closure for refurbishment and is now up and running again. We also saw the return of Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration to Universal Studios Florida and the Central Plaza of Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure has reopened.

In this month’s update we see further down time for a popular water ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. We are including dates where possible for refurbishments and closures but these are subject to change. We will keep you informed of any changes on our news and Facebook page.

1. Pteranodon Flyers (Universal’s Islands of Adventure)

Pteranadon Flyers, Universal
Image: Universal

Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now –  TBA 

Pteranodon Flyers is currently listed as closed on the official Universal Orlando Resort App. It seems that it has been closed since an incident last week where some guests had to be evacuated. We are unsure tof the exact reason for this although Screamscape has suggested it could be due to a “valley” where strong winds cause the car to be unable to complete the course.  This attraction hasn’t reopened since which could mean that there is a more serious issue here.

Pteranodon Flyers is a suspended steel coaster meant only for children. The coaster (which holds only two people on each train) circumvents the Camp Jurassic area from the sky, traveling at steady speed over the canopy.

2. Parts of KidZone (Universal Studios Florida)

Fievel's Playland, Universal
Image: Universal

Status: Confirmed

Dates: January 15, 2023 – TBA 

We heard at the beginning of November from Universal that a number of attractions in the KidZone area of Universal Studios Florida will close at the end of the day on January 15, 2023 in order to bring exciting new family entertainment to immerse guests in beloved animated characters.

The attractions that will close include Fievel’s Playland, the Woody Woodpecker family coaster, Curious George wet and dry play areas, DreamWorks Destination and Meet Shrek & Donkey. 

The E.T. Adventure, Animal Actors on Location!, SpongeBob StorePants – including meet and greets with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends and the KidZone Pizza Company will remain open.

According to online reports, the closed attractions will all remain but will each get a make over as part of Universal’s DreamWorks Animation Land which is slated to open in 2024. Sources report that Fievel’s Playland will be rethemed to Shrek, Woody’s Woodpecker coaster could see a Trolls overhaul with a Trolls themed kids show planned for the theater building with Kung Fu Panda taking over the Curious George play areas. These changes have not been officially confirmed. We will keep you up to date with further information on this when it is announced.

3. The Nighttime Lights At Hogwarts Castle (Universal’s Islands of Adventure)

Nighttime lights at Hogwarts Castle, Universal
Image: Universal

Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now – January 2023

The Nighttime lights at Hogwarts Castle is currently not taking place in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This light show is set to return in the new year when The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle comes to a close.

The Nighttime lights at Hogwarts Castle will be shown on select evenings when it returns and celebrates the four houses of Hogwarts through projections and sound.

4. Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle (Universal’s Islands of Adventure)

Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle, Universal
Image: Universal

Status: Confirmed

Dates: November 1, 2022 – September 14, 2023 TBA

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle had its last show of the season on October 31 and won’t return to Universal’s Islands of Adventure until September 15, 2023.October 31, 2022 where we assume it will run on select nights until October 31, 2023.

Located in Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Dark Arts at Hogswarts Castle combines lights and music in an exciting spectacle where images of Death Eaters and Dementors alongside Lord Voldemort cloak the stone walls of Hogwarts Castle as darkness falls.

5. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (Universal’s Islands Of Adventure)

Dudley Do Right Falls, Universal
Image: Universal

Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now – TBA

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure has remained closed since the beginning of October when the park reopened after closures due to Hurricane Ian. It seems to be the case that this attraction was ready for its winter refurbishment and as a result of damage sustained in the storm this brought the closure forward.

There are reports that Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls had been experiencing more frequent down time due to a technical issue prior to the storm, meaning the usual winter refurbishment was going to be longer than normal anyway but based on recent rumors online it looks like we are likely to see this attraction being out of action for up to 9 months. 

Universal has not given any official idea of when a reopening is likely but we will keep you up to date with further details on this on our news and Facebook page.

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is located in Toon Lagoon. Every cliché in the book comes out to play on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls when Snidley Whiplash again tethers the poor Nell on the railroad tracks. But this innovative log flume (part roller coaster) has a few surprises up its sleeves as you float along with the famous Mountie.  Watch out for the 75 foot drop at the end of the ride  – and prepare to get wet.

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