Recession Impacts Orlando Theme Parks

According to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Orlando will temporarily shut down its Fear Factor Live show, which has been an attraction at the park for three and a half years, and has reduced hours at some other attractions at Universal, as well as Islands of Adventure, to cut back on costs. The resort plans to return the Fear Factor attraction in the spring. The company recently laid off 70 employees.

The sting of the economy is also being felt in other parts of Orlando. SeaWorld Orlando has temporarily closed its hospitality center and stopped dispensing free beer for guests. Disney World has reduced showings of its Fantasmic! Laser and fireworks show.