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When Universal Studios Florida first opened, there was some criticism about the lack of attractions geared towards children. Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone fixed that issue combining live shows like A Day in the Park with Barney and Animal Actors on Location with playgrounds like Curious George Goes to Town and Fievel’s Playland. Add in the family style roller coaster Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster with the classic E.T. Adventure and you have the successful, yet extremely outdated KidZone.

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Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone Attractions

E.T. Adventure
Express – 34 inches minimum – Wheelchair Accessible

Steven Spielberg was a big factor in the success of Universal Orlando and he had his hands on good amount of attractions including E.T. Adventure. Basically a sequel to the popular film, E.T. Adventure allows guests to board bikes and take off to the Green Planet to help E.T. save his home. Despite the age of the attraction, it remains one of the most popular rides in the park and the only surviving original.


Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
Express – 36 inches minimum – Must Transfer From Wheelchair

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster is a tame, family size coaster specifically designed for children. Woody built the track with bits and pieces of wood from his Nuthouse Factory, making the ride exciting, but still very safe. The ride is very short and mild, but would be the perfect first roller coaster for any kid out there.


Animal Actors on Location
Express – Wheelchair Accessible

Universal Orlando partners with local shelters in the area to rescue animals and give them a new home at Animal Actors. All of the adopted performers go through the best training and care, which is highlighted in the show, making for a unique and entertaining experience. The animals that perform in Animal Actors can end up working in television and films even. The amphitheater has a lot of available seating, but still try to arrive early because the closer you are the better view you have.


A Day in the Park with Barney
Express – Wheelchair Accessible

A Day in the Park with Barney invites pre-school age children to a sing-along show featuring Barney and his friends. In between shows, Barney is also available for a meet and greet and there is an interactive play area to distract kids for a while.


Curious George Goes to Town

A Day in the Park with Barney invites pre-school age children to a sing-along show featuring Barney and his friends. In between shows, Barney is also available for a meet and greet and there is an interactive play area to distract kids for a while.


Fievel’s Playland

Most of Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone is outdated, but the biggest offender in that category is Fievel’s Playland. The playground is mainly based off of the film An American Tale: Fievel Goes West, but the oversized props will help distract kids from the fact that they have probably never seen the film. However, a lot of parents will enjoy the theming of the area, while kids enjoy the thrilling waterslide.

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