Iconic Universal Orlando Attraction Shutting Down In Early 2023

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Jurassic Park entrance gate at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando Resort

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2023 might not have the best start at Universal Orlando Resort, as an iconic attraction is scheduled to shut down in January.

While several attractions are scheduled to close permanently in 2023, Universal Orlando Resort is home to over 50 fun and thrilling attractions for the whole family. From Revenge of the Mummy to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Florida and from Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure to Caro-Seuss-el at Universal’s Islands of Adventure; shopping, dining, and entertainment at Universal’s CityWalk, and even fun in the water at Universal’s Volcano Bay, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure
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However, Guests visiting the Orlando theme parks in early 2023 might be disappointed to hear that one of the Resort’s most iconic attractions will shut down in January.

Per Universal Orlando’s website, Jurassic Park River Adventure — in Universal’s Islands of Adventure — is scheduled to close for refurbishment on January 9, 2023, and to reopen on February 3, 2023, meaning the beloved Universal Orlando attraction will be unavailable for nearly a month.

River Adventure
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Earlier this year, Jurassic Park River Adventure was severely struck by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, which caused severe damage to the attraction’s building. While Universal did not list the works that will take place during the attraction’s refurbishment, fixing this damage will surely be a top priority for Universal Team Members.

Pteranodon Flyers, another popular attraction inspired by the beloved Jurassic Park franchise at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, recently had an unexpected shutdown. While Universal officials did not release any information regarding the cause of this closure, the Park is on track to reopen Pteranodon Flyers just in time for the holidays.

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Another popular Universal Orlando attraction that remained closed since the strike of Hurricane Ian was Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, which had to undergo an extensive refurbishment after suffering severe damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Fortunately, the popular attraction reopened on December 19.

Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls attraction at Universal Orlando Resort
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Shifting our focus to Universal Studios Florida, Revenge of the Mummy, a fan-favorite attraction at Universal Studios Florida, remains listed under “Technical Rehearsal” on Universal’s website, despite a unique offering recently returning to the attraction. Inside the Magic will update you once Universal announces the attraction’s official reopening.

Will your visit to Universal Orlando Resort be affected by Jurassic Park River Adventure’s closure? Let us know in the comments below!

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