Universal Studios closes beloved theme park attraction

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Universal Studios, like its rival Walt Disney (SAY) – Get The Walt Disney Company Report theme parks, must constantly change. This means that sometimes beloved or even beloved attractions have to be closed in order for new ones to open.

This need has claimed almost every ride from Comcast’s property (CMCSA) – Get the Class A report from Comcast Corporation park with only ET Adventure remaining since the park opened. This means rides based on “Jaws”, “Back to Future”, “King Kong”, “Twister” and other iconic movement properties no longer exist. Fans also lost Harry Potter’s Dragon Challenge, Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue, Lucy – A Tribute, Shrek 4-D, and several nighttime fireworks.

Change has to happen because some characters are forgotten or at least not as famous as they once were. For example, an annual Halloween Horror Nights show based on the “Bill and Ted” franchise because, well, does anyone under 40 know who these characters are or remember their excellent adventures?

And, in addition to rides and shows, Universal Studios has lost many restaurants over the years. Now another – sort of a nod to the theme park’s past – has closed,

Universal shuts down monster cafe

Monsters are kind of a thing of Universal’s past. The company has built some of its business on classic monster movies featuring Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and other beloved monsters. There was an attempt to reboot that part of the business into some sort of Marvel-like monster.

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Those efforts, led by Tom Cruise’s reboot with “The Mummy,” didn’t work. This makes the monsters’ presence a kind of anachronism in the park, a sort of generic placeholder.

Monsters Cafe has been open since 1998 although its menu has changed several times. Now, the location has been permanently closed, according to a statement from the theme park company first reported by Theme Park Tourist.

“Monster’s Café has closed to make way for a new dining experience. More details will be shared later – stay tuned to our website for updates.

What’s next for Monsters Cafe?

Universal hasn’t shared any official plans for the location, but where Monsters Cafe is in the park has led to heavy speculation. The now closed restaurant is in the same general areas as Despicable Me Minions Mayhem and the former Shrek 4-D which the theme park company has heavily hinted will also become a Minions-based attraction or ride.

“The former Shrek 4-D site is rumored to be getting a Minions-based walkthrough attraction based on The Villiage-Con supervillain convention that features in the 2015 Minions movie,” added Theme Park Tourist. . “Creating a new dining location with Minions at its core would certainly seem logical, but Universal still hasn’t confirmed that.”

Universal’s classic monsters are still present at Florida theme parks with the “Revenge of the Mummy” ride as well as an annual “house” at Halloween Horror Nights. It’s also likely that the Epic Universe theme park being built (Universal’s third in Florida) will have a monster-themed land, though that hasn’t been confirmed by the company.

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