PHOTOS: Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster Still Standing During KidZone Demolition at Universal Studios Florida

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PHOTOS: Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster Still Standing During KidZone Demolition at Universal Studios Florida

As demolition continues in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone at Universal Studios Florida, a glimpse over the construction walls reveals most of Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster is still standing.

Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone

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The red track and blue supports of the coaster tower over piles of dirt and construction vehicles.

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Construction appears to be happening very close to the coaster. Universal Orlando Resort announced no specific plans for the land and closed attractions, but it’s possible the family coaster could remain and be re-themed.

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The patchwork tin roof that covers the coaster’s loading area is also still visible, but themed signs have been removed from the roof.

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This photo shows the signs reading “Woody’s” and “Nuthouse Loading Dock.”

Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

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Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone closed at Universal Studios Florida in January 2023. Animal Actors On Location! and E.T. Adventure, both opening day attractions, are here to stay (for now, at least). SpongeBob StorePants and KidZone Pizza Company will remain as well, but the rest of the area is permanently closed.

The land became KidZone in 1998-1999 with the additions of Curious George Goes to Town and Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster. The land also included Fievel’s Playland.

Shrek’s Swamp Meet and DreamWorks Destination exited for only a few years, having replaced The Barney Shop and A Day in the Park With Barney. Shrek and other DreamWorks characters now have meet-and-greets in the park’s Hollywood area.

DreamWorks characters adorn the KidZone construction walls, suggesting it could become a mostly DreamWorks-themed land.

Construction Near E.T. Adventure

Though E.T. Adventure remains open, construction is happening close to the attraction. The E.T. Adventure pre-show was suspended for a month due to construction but has returned.

Construction walls block part of the E.T. Adventure entrance area and pre-show room. The entrance has been re-routed through the exit.

Back in March, we spotted the construction walls around the attraction’s exit. At the beginning of April, the construction walls came down, and we noticed that the small “forest” at the exit was removed and replaced with a paved stroller parking area.

The “E.T.” movie posters in the queue were recently replaced after 30th-anniversary posters hung there for over ten years.

E.T.’s Toy Closet is currently closed during construction and merchandise has moved to kiosks outside Animal Actors On Location!

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.