Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, as we knew it, is gone with the closure of most points of interest and areas. As we sit up for the long run substitute, we’re having a look again on the short-lived DreamWorks Vacation spot and Meet Shrek & Donkey location.
The Shrek & Donkey (and generally Fiona) meet and greet was initially situated adjoining Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Café. When the café was abruptly shuttered final yr, it was introduced that Shrek and Donkey could be finding a new home.
DreamWorks Vacation spot had taken over the previous A Day within the Park With Barney present, leaving the Barney present store bereft. Quickly after the Manufacturing Central location closed, Shrek and Donkey moved into the former shop.
Whereas not a part of KidZone, Shrek 4-D also closed final yr to make manner for Villain-Con: Minion Blast. The outdated meet and greet location was destroyed for Minion Café and the rest of Illumination Avenue.
Watch our video saying goodbye to Shrek and Donkey beneath, and hold scrolling for an in depth photograph tour.
A protect signal was coated with wooden planks studying “Shrek’s Swamp Meet.”
Inexperienced “S” banners hung across the exterior. Stone planters housed flowers and one other Shrek’s Swamp Meet signal.
A part of the queue was outdoors the constructing.
Inside, Common utilized the pre-existing tree leftover from the Barney retailer. Additional swampy crops have been added to the wall behind the crate-shaped kiosk the place company might buy their pictures.
A wished poster for Shrek was hung over a gap within the tree that was used to show merchandise. To at least one aspect was a door with a crescent moon on it, like Shrek’s outhouse. A double door on the opposite aspect featured a Shrek-themed coat of arms.
There was additionally a Shrek tapestry that could possibly be pulled throughout the double doorways.
Donkey peeked out of barn doorways within the wall, beneath an indication along with his identify on it.
Shrek and Fiona would stand in entrance of Donkey’s doorways.
When Donkey wasn’t showing, the barn doorways might shut.
DreamWorks Vacation spot opened in May 2021.
It existed for over a yr with comparatively temporary-looking set items, like this archway.
An A-frame signal with showtimes was generally posted outdoors the archway.
The archway featured characters from “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar,” “Trolls,” and “Shrek.” The DreamWorks moon brand was on the high.
Stroller parking was to the aspect of DreamWorks Vacation spot.
The Barney determine was faraway from the fountain within the courtyard, however the fountain remained.
Momentary backdrops have been up across the courtyard and ceaselessly modified for brand spanking new releases. Generally characters would meet in entrance of the backdrops.
Photograph Ops & Meet and Greets Outdoors
Gabby from Gabby’s Dollhouse joined the courtyard meet-and-greets in late 2021.
Characters from “Madagascar” and “Trolls” would meet with out backdrops.
Staff Members would generally be within the courtyard with hula-hoops to play with youngsters.
Different current backdrops have been for “The Unhealthy Guys” and “Puss in Boots: The Final Want.”
Puss in Boots made appearances in entrance of his backdrop.
Dance Social gathering
The dance social gathering was inside. These doorways have been not in use.
The coated queue had blue curtains and flat panel shows.
Colourful stars have been projected onto the ground.
This space was beforehand the Barney pre-show space.
The queue area was largely pointless for the dance social gathering, which company might stroll out and in of at any time.
A number of the rocks sparkled, a leftover impact from A Day within the Park With Barney.
The doorways to the theater closed solely when it reached capability.
Apart from the addition of DreamWorks characters, not a lot modified contained in the constructing.
Character artwork lined the partitions.
There have been easy park benches throughout the theater.
There have been additionally pretend crops in stone planters.
Flats of the DreamWorks brand and characters have been added to the home façade inside.
The DreamWorks brand was additionally above the doorway/exit.
Staff Members labored to handle visitors and hype up the group. A bunch requested DreamWorks trivia questions; youngsters shouted out the solutions.
They led the characters and company via totally different dances.
Friends have been capable of method the stage to get a fantastic shot with their favourite characters.
Totally different characters would rotate via the dance social gathering on totally different days and occasions. There have been normally three out at a time.
Staff Members have been additionally on stage with the characters. Often, two Staff Members danced with the characters.
Throughout a single efficiency, the characters danced, then rotated to a unique spot on the stage. This allowed the three viewers sections to take pictures with every character with out having to maneuver round.
See our last take a look at DreamWorks Vacation spot beneath.
Honorable Point out: KidZone Bogs
These loos have been a holdover from the times of A Day within the Park With Barney. The theming remained untouched throughout DreamWorks Vacation spot’s tenure. (And sure, we made certain there was nobody within the loos earlier than taking pictures).
The partitions have been painted like a blue sky with clouds. It featured youngsters and three-dimensional props, like this birdhouse and kite.
There have been flowers, birds, and butterflies.
Some butterflies hung from the ceiling.
The whole lot regarded somewhat bit like it might have been painted by a child.
A line of children holding palms was painted on the again wall of the stalls.
There have been youngsters’s drawings framed on the stall doorways.
Stalls for adults have been labeled “large youngsters,” whereas stalls made for kids have been labeled “little youngsters.”
A home was painted on one wall, with three-dimensional home windows, roof shingles, and a door that mentioned “youngsters solely.”
One little one pulled a Radio Flyer wagon with a teddy bear inside.