Universal Orlando announced on Tuesday that Diaster! and Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue will be closed down permanently to make way for a new attraction based on Fast & The Furious. Typically we would be excited for new attractions, but losing two long standing attractions has left many questioning Universal on this one. Universal has not made too many mis-steps recently, adding Potter, Simpsons, Transformers, and more in recent years. In order to get new, you have to close old beloved attractions like Back To The Future and Jaws. While we miss the old ones, the new lands or attractions are bigger and better, usually.
We here at All Around Orlando were pretty big fans of Bettlejuice's Graveyard Revue. When we tour Universal, we almost always have our 5 year old with us. When you have little ones, you tend to tour the parks a little different. Most say there isn't much for little ones to do at Universal, but we have always felt differently, and more often than not, have a great time there. We typically have to skip the attractions that she is not big enough for, and stick to play areas, shows, and the rides that she is big enough for. While sticking to this touring plan, nearly each visit to Universal brought us to the Graveyard. She fell in love with the monsters and the singing and dancing. She would get up and dance with the ghosts when they came in the crowd. She would high five Wolfman and Beetlejuice. She loved when Dracula whipped up his cape and closed her inside. Losing this show is pretty devastating for our little one. Obviously, others feel the same way, as witnessed by this website, SaveTheGraveyard.com
Attractions come and go, but this is one that we hope ends up getting relocated somewhere in the park.