Universal Orlando Park Map Adds Springfield Attractions

Universal Orlando has been sliding a number of surprises into visitors’ stocking this holiday season. First, I told you about the stealthy price increase recently enacted on the Universal Dining Plan — Quick Service. Then, Derek Burgan pointed out six things you only see at Universal during peak season. Today we’re bringing you a first glimpse at the new landmarks and attractions of Springfield U.S.A. as they are finally visually represented on the newest Universal Orlando park map.

Here’s how the Universal Studios Florida park map appeared until December 25, 2013:

 

And here’s the Universal Orlando park map’s new look, starting December 26:

 

Note that the new images of Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, Lard Lad Donuts, Duff Brewery, and Twirl ‘n’ Hurl are not to scale or precisely placed in relation to the Simpsons Ride building, but it’s better than a blank patch of paper…

Also, note that large icons once again designate the locations of certain KidZone attractions, like Woody’s Nuthouse Coaster and Curious George Goes to Town.

Old version:

New version:

These particular symbols were used years ago but had been phased out; could their return say something about the long-term fate of the KidZone branding, or just be a random change?

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

2 thoughts on “Universal Orlando Park Map Adds Springfield Attractions

  • December 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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    The new Springfield area of the map looks very sloppy. Besides Kang & Kodos, which is blocked out by its own logo, it looks like cut outs of the 3D interactive map on Universal’s website. Duff Gardens is completely unorganized. Hopefully this is just the temporary art for the area, because it just has a different look from the rest of the park.

    • December 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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      Agreed. IMHO the entire map should be redrawn from scratch, it’s been patched over too many times in the last decade and could use a complete refresh.

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