E.T. Adventure Entrance and E.T. Toy Closet Reopen at Universal Studios Florida

Shannen Ace

E.T. Adventure Entrance and E.T. Toy Closet Reopen at Universal Studios Florida

The main entrance of E.T. Adventure and the E.T. Toy Closet gift shop have reopened in Universal Studios Florida as construction walls have shifted.

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Much of this area was previously blocked by construction walls.

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They have now been pushed back closer to what was once Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone.

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The walls are decorated with DreamWorks characters, implying the area will become DreamWorks-themed, but nothing has been confirmed.

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The walls now wrap around a section of pavement in front of the restrooms, which are still open.

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An A-frame sign directs guests to the restroom entrances.

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Another A-frame sign displays the wait time for E.T. Adventure.

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Guests walk between two sets of construction walls to reach the attraction.

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E.T. Toy Closet has been closed during construction but is now available again.

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The gift shop features E.T. merchandise and photo ops.

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To the left is the entrance to E.T. Adventure.

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Previously, guests were re-routed through the exit to ride E.T. Adventure.

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When exiting E.T. Adventure now, guests are re-routed back through the entrance.

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Construction walls block the usual exit towards the gift shop.

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Inside E.T. Toy Closet, the door at the ride’s usual exit is closed and blocked off.

E.T. Adventure

E.T. Adventure is the last remaining opening day ride at Universal Studios Florida. The other remaining opening day attractions are the shows Animal Actors On Location! and Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show, which have both gone through different names and variations.

Steven Spielberg appears in the pre-show of E.T. Adventure to let guests know that they will be helping E.T. save his home, the Green Planet. Guests receive an interplanetary passport, an essential part of the ride’s finale feature.

Most of the queue has guests winding through a forest with a distinctive smell. Guests hop on a ride vehicle inspired by the film’s famous flying bikes. They dodge human police before taking off into space and arriving on the Green Planet.

At the end of the ride, after (spoiler alert) the Green Planet has been saved, E.T. says thank you to each guest by name. This is accomplished by the programming and subsequent scanning of the passport card.

The attraction also opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2001 but closed in 2009 to make way for the cult-classic Space Fantasy: The Ride.

Watch our full E.T. Adventure POV video below.

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.

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

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