When the commerical aired about 15 minutes before kickoff, I entered just seconds after I saw the kid with the cape. I figured it had to be it since I had been waiting for the commercial close to 5 hours.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Universal Orlando is closing its Fear Factor attraction until the spring and cutting hours on a limited number of other attractions at its theme parks.
A Universal representative said Fear Factor will close on Thursday and open again in the spring. All other attractions will remain open but the hours will be reduced at some others, he said.
It will be a limited number of attractions within Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. He said visitors shouldn't experience problems, because the attraction hours will be aligned with demand.
Staffing will also be impacted by reductions, the Universal representative said.
All team members will remain active, so there will be no layoffs. However, team members' hours will be affected.
Team members will also retain their health benefits.
All team members under contract will be paid their full contract rate for 30 days. After 30 days, they will have a chance to pick up additional hours.
It was unknown how many employees will be affected by the hour reductions.
The move is in reaction the poor economic forecast for 2009, he said.
The decision comes just days after Universal ran a promotion during the Super Bowl offering free passes to people. And it comes a day after Disney announced its profits were down 32 percent during the last quarter of 2009.
Certainly not the best of news, but the chance of a reopening later this year is somewhat promising. While Fear Factor isn't my favorite show (T2:3D is, in my opinion, the best the park offers), it is a shame that some guests won't get to experience it for the next few months...
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