Abandoned Universal Attraction Left to Rot After Years of Decay

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Universal has left an extinct and abandoned attraction in their theme park for years, and now, guests are stumbling upon the dusty piece of unused land and theme park history, which is sparking massive confusion.

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Theme park fans in Orlando surely know of all the “big guys”. Walt Disney World Resort sits on land large enough to fill San Francisco, fitting four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT), two water parks, and a eating/shopping District, Disney Springs. If you drive down the I-4 highway, you will eventually hit SeaWorld Orlando, home to aquatic fun and massive thrill coasters.

Continue toward Downtown Orlando, and you arrive at Universal Orlando Resort, a theme park haven filled with Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, and soon, Epic Universe. The theme park also encompasses Volcano Bay, their water park.

If you are headed to Magic Kingdom to experience extreme thrills, it is likely not the theme park for you. However, if you are heading to the theme park so that you can watch one of the best fireworks shows in the world, you are at the right place. At Universal Orlando Resort, you will not be seeing Cinderella Castle, but you will be able to dive into the world of movies, jump into Minion Land, and experience some top-notch thrills.

From The Incredible Hulk to VelociCoaster, the level of thrills is very high at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando Resort also has exciting IP that guests know and love, making their attractions both thrilling and nostalgic. Guests are then able to enter multiple cinematic universes as they explore both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. In the theme parks, guests can enter Seuss Landing, where they are able to see the story of The Cat and the Hat unfold before their very eyes. They can also meet characters like The Grinch, and during Christmas, watch his story play out on stage.

Universal Orlando Resort, Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure
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The most popular IP at Universal is Harry Potter. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is represented as both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and feautre attractions like the Hogwarts Express. Flight of the Hippogriff, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and more. Guests can explore Hogwarts for the first time, and enter the cracks and crevices of Diagon Alley.

Another popular IP at Universal is Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. With both Jurassic Park River Adventure and Jurassic World VelociCoaster, guests get to see a ton of dinosaurs at Universal Orlando Resort.

Overall, we have seen Universal move forward with their designs, attractions, and future plans at lightning speed. VelociCoaster was built entirely in under a year, which put the Disney attraction TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom to shame after taking five years, and with the construction of Epic Universe concluding in 2025, Universal is rushing to catch up with Disney’s success, size, and offerings in order to fiercely compete with the mouse.

Epic Universe will have a Universal Monsters section, bringing the iconic terrors of Halloween Horror Nights to the theme parks 365 days a year, a Wizarding World of Harry Potter that will combine the Ministry of Magic from the original Harry Potter films with what we saw of the location in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, a How to Train Your Dragon section, the biggest Super Nintendo World we have seen to date, multiple hotels, shops, restaurants, attractions, shows, and more.

An empty Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando Florida
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There is one section of Universal Studios Florida, however, that is begging for an upgrade and some attention.

At Islands of Adventure, there are multiple “islands” or “lands” that make up the park, they include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter / Hogsmeade, Marvel Super Hero Island, The Lost Continent, Port of Entry, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, Skull Island, and Seuss Landing.

The Lost Continent used to be a bustling section of the theme park. The Lost Continent is an island where ancient myths and legends become reality. Guests who dare to journey here will step into a world of Greek gods, fearsome beasts, and archaic enchantments.

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Now, it is exactly what its name depicts: a lost piece of land.

In its prime, The Lost Continent had Poseidon’s Fury, a walk-through mega attraction. Here, guests would be able to follow an archaeologist guide and venture through the ruins of the ancient Temple of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. But once you’ve journeyed far beneath the ocean, you’re caught in a colossal battle between Poseidon and the evil Lord Darkennon. Fireballs burst, lasers flash, and water erupts around you in this special effects experience.

The interior of Poseidon's Fury
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The attraction went through an extensive refurbishment following COVID-19, but following its reopening, it shut down for good within a few months. Now, the attraction remains shuttered to guests; however, its massive facade looms over the theme park.

Another massive, and previously incredible offering that has been abandoned for far longer is The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad.

The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad was a live-action stunt show located in the Arabian marketplace section of The Lost Continent. The show performed for the last time on September 15, 2018. Now, the stage and set, which is heavily expansive, remain, and guests can see it, which has been causing much confusion.

The Universal Orlando Reddit page has an image of the untouched stage posted, with a user wondering, “what is this?”

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Considering that the set was never removed, and the stage is highly visible, it is not a surprise that there are guests visiting Universal Orlando Resort, looking for show times that no longer exist.

One of the commenters, who appears to be a Universal team member noted that this space is used for staff functions and events at the moment, but it appears that that is all it has been useful for. Sometimes, the area does act as an extended queue for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

Considering the attraction has been shut down and untouched for nearly six years, which is about 25% of the theme park’s existence, it is pretty shocking to see Universal do absolutely nothing with the area.

Formerly, the Lost Continent included a medieval section Merlinwood, but the majority of that area was re-themed for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This land is also home to Mythos, which is one of two full-service restaurants in the park and was voted winner of best theme park restaurant by Theme Park Insider for six successive years between 2003 and 2008. The park continues to boast that they are the best theme park restaurant with signage. However, they do not disclose the years that they won anymore.

It is rumored that the Sinbad show will be replaced with a scenic dark ride themed to The Legend of Zelda, however, that would likely mean an entire land retheme. With Universal focused on Epic Universe’s completion, we likely will not see much done with this abandoned plot of land until after 2025.

Do you think that Universal should do something with The Lost Continent? What would you like to see? 

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