Walt Disney World may be on a bit of an attraction closing streak lately, and while no park on earth could possibly match the level of Disney's recent closures, it looks like nearby Universal Orlando Resort is going to be doing some housekeeping of their own in the very near future. Earlier this week, guests at Universal Studios Florida saw the surprise closure of one of its last remaining opening day attractions, and all signs seem to indicate that more closures are on the way for this park before the end of 2015.
1. Lucy: A Tribute
Status: Closed forever (last day of operation was August 12th, 2015)
Earlier this week, Universal Studios Florida closed Lucy: A Tribute, which was one of the few remaining attractions left over from 1990. In case the name doesn’t exactly ring a bell, this walk through attraction was in the Hollywood Backlot area, near the front of the park, and had a very modest sign and walkway that was barely visible from the street (most guests generally mistook it for a shop). However, those who ventured inside this exhibit were treated to clips from classic episodes of I Love Lucy, actual costumes, props, and scripts from the show, as well as other various Lucy-themed memorabilia.
However, with no advance notice at all, this attraction closed its doors forever on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. Though unconfirmed, rumors indicate that this former attraction space is set to be turned into a Hello Kitty store in the next few weeks.
Though we’re not exactly surprised that this attraction has closed (almost no one even knew it was there), it would have been nice for Universal to at least give the few fans this attraction did have a chance to get one final visit in. Sadly, Universal instead went the secretive route, closing this attraction with absolutely no warning or official announcement, which is a little bit of a bummer.
2. Twister: Ride It Out
Status: Going extinct this fall (date not yet confirmed)
Twister: Ride it Out has been rumored to be closing for the better part of a decade, but it seems 2015 will finally see this walk-through attraction spin its final tornado. Twister: Ride it Out made its debut in 1998, and hung around at Universal Studios Florida for over 15 years, which is pretty amazing considering the film it is based on didn't exactly have much in the way of lasting, cultural impact.
Though we don't have an official closing date yet for Twister: Ride it Out, demolition permits have been filed that seem to indicate that the interior show building is set to be completely gutted in the very near future, possibly as soon as a few weeks from now. Though we can't imagine why, if this ride is one of your favorites, you'll want to head out to the park sooner rather than later, especially because Universal could repeat what just happened with the Lucy attraction and just close Twister with no warning.
Once Twister finally does close once and for all, work will begin on what we believe will be a Jimmy Fallon-themed replacement. This new attraction will feature a "behind the scenes" walk through segment (similar to the first half of Disaster!) followed by a Soarin'-style ride that will take guests over the New York City skyline. You can learn more about this new project here.