Universal Studios Florida

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone

 

History and photos of the Woody Woodpecker's KidZone section in Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Studios Florida - Expo Center - 1991

When the Universal Studios Florida theme park opened on June 7, 1990, the section of the park later known as Woody Woodpecker's KidZone was originally part of the Expo Center (later known as World Expo).

Universal Studios Florida - Expo Center - 1998 - 01 Universal Studios Florida - Expo Center - 1998 - 02

At the time of Universal Studios Florida's opening, only two attractions were open in this section: E.T. Adventure and Animal Actors Stage.  These attractions would later be followed by the Fievel's Playland play area and A Day in the Park with Barney, a live-action show featuring Barney the dinosaur and his friends.

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In 1998, Expo Center was split and Universal Studios Florida had a new section:  Woody Woodpecker's KidZone.  This land was composed of E.T. Adventure, Animal Actors Stage, Fievel's Playland, A Day in the Park with Barney, and the brand new Curious George Goes To Town, a water park playground themed to Curious George.  In the summer of 1999, Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster, a kiddie-sized roller coaster, was added to Woody Woodpecker's KidZone.

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Since 1999, Woody Woodpecker's KidZone has only seen minor changes here and there.  The Animal Actors Stage has gone through a couple of name changes (now it's called Animal Actors on Location!), but the show itself still carries the same theme of animals used in the filming of television shows and movies.  The Animal Crackers counter-service restaurant was changed to KidZone Pizza Company.  The biggest change to happen to Woody Woodpecker's KidZone occurred in the spring of 2012 when Universal's Cartoon Store was changed to SpongeBob StorePants, a retail store where you can also meet SpongeBob and his friends from Bikini Bottom.

Today, Woody Woodpecker's KidZone is still a popular section of the park for the younger guests.  The land has a family-friendly ride (E.T. Adventure), two playgrounds (Barney's Backyard & Fievel's Playland), a live show featuring a major children's character (A Day in the Park with Barney), a kiddie coaster (Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster), and even a water playground (Curious George Goes To Town) to help cool off during those hot summer days.

Additional photo pages for Woody Woodpecker's KidZone include:

Animal Actors on Location!

E.T. Adventure

Fievel's Playland

Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster

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Universal Studios Florida - Woody Woodpecker's KidZone:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - A Day in the Park with Barney:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - Animal Crackers counter-service restaurant (EXTINCT! - replaced with KidZone Pizza Company):

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - Barney's Backyard playground (exit for A Day in the Park with Barney show):

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - The Barney Shop store:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - Curious George Goes To Town water park playground:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - KidZone Pizza Company counter-service restaurant:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - SpongeBob StorePants store:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - SpongeBob StorePants store - interior:

Woody Woodpecker's KidZone - Universal's Cartoon Store (EXTINCT! - replaced with SpongeBob StorePants):