Universal Studios Philadelphia


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Show business
America's history, culture, and wildlife
Universal Entertainment



Operated by

Universal Parks & Resorts

Opening date

July 4 1996

Previously name

Universal Studios America (1996-1998)
USA (1996-1998)
Universal America (1999-2001)

Operating season

All year, except with some rides and attractions which are opened from May to September due to cold weather.

Park mascot(s)

Woody Woodpecker
Fievel Mousekewitz from An American Tail (secondary)


Feel the Freedom of America!

Major exhibits


Universal Studios Philadelphia, formerly known as Universal Studios America (shortly known as USA) and Universal America, is an amusement park located at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which focused on both America's history and entertainment industry, which contains rides, attractions, dinning, shopping, entertainment, and animal exhibits.

It opened on July 4, 1996.


In 1993, Universal Studios got the attention by the announcement from thier rival of theme parks, Disney for building a theme park about America for opening in the summer of 1998. Universeal desired to TBA


The park is consists 10 themed areas with attractions past and present.


California - Hollywood & San Francisco

A first section of the park, themed after two of popular cities of California. Theme: California

Current Attractions

Universal Philadelphia Theatre - a theater which shows music concerts and daily shows. Opening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: October 2003

The NBCUniversal Experience - (formerly Universal Studio's Sneak Peeks) an interactive attraction which focused on projects from Universal Pictures and NBC. Map info: Experience your first look of NBCUniversal's upcoming projects. Theme: NBCUniversal's upcoming projects Opening date July 4, 1996.

Spongebob SquarePants: A Friendly Game - A dueling rollercoaster featuring SpongeBob (Team Clean) and Patrick (Team Dirty). Map info: TBA. Theme: SpongeBob SqaurePantsHeight restriction: 48". Opening date: June 16, 2013. Operates from: May to September

The Amazing World of Gumball: 4D - A 3D show based on the 2011 Cartoon Network series The Amazing World of GumballMap info: TBA. Sponsored by: Little Debbie (2013-2015) Theme: The Amazing World of GumballOpening date: August 30, 2013. Replaced: Shrek 4D

Studio Tour Tram - A tram ride.  Map info: Aboard on a studio tram to tour through the studio to take on the behind-the-sense look of your favorite films and television showsSponsored by: Kodak (1996-2005). Opening date: July 4, 1996.

Nickelodeon Studios Philadelphia - A studio/headquarters of the Nickelodeon network, owned by Viacom. Map info: Want to know how your favorite shows and cartoons are made? Take a sneak peek of SpongeBob and his friends. Theme: Nickelodeon. Opening date: July 4, 1996.

Pokemon - The 4D Experience- A 4D ride based on the Japanese animated series. It features some scenes from the series, similar to The Polar Express Experience ride.  Map info: Ride along with Pikachu and his friends to various places of the Pokémon world. Theme: PokemonHeight restriction: 40". Opening date: July 17, 2010. Replaced: Hershey's Chocolate World

Universal Studios' Animal Actors - An animal show.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Animal stars. Opening date: July 4, 1996

The Walking Dead Terror Maze - a horror-themed walkthrough maze based on AMC's acclaimed adult horror show The Walking Dead. The attraction is unsuitable for children under 13 years.  Map info: Imagine, you woke up, and your pals are nothing like a horde of zombies. Now it's your chance to survive! Theme: The Walking Dead. Opening date: June 13, 2017. Replaced: E.T. Adventure

Back to the Future: The Ride - an IMAX motion simulator ride based on Back to the Future trilogy.  Map info: Board onto one of Doc Brown's DeLoreans to take a journey through time. Theme: Back to the Future Opening date: July 4, 1996.

Despicable Me: Minions Mayhem - a simulator ride based on the Despicable Me franchise.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Despicable Me. Sponsored by: Nestle. Opening date: April 1, 2014. Replaced: Fear Factor Live

Silly Fun Land - a play area.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Despicable Me. Sponsored by: Nestle. Opening date: April 1, 2014. Replaced: Fear Factor Live

Club Minions - a dance party attraction featuring the yellow Minions.  Map info: Dance along with the Minions. Sponsored by: Nestle. Opening date: February 12, 2015. Replaced: Fear Factor Live

The Cat in the Hat - A trackless ride based on the Dr. Suess' book with the same name Opening Date: July 17, 2000

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir - The Stunt Show - A stunt show based on the french cartoon of the same name Opening Date: January 18th, 2016 Replaced: WaterWorld

Former Attractions

E.T. Adventure - a dark ride based on Steven Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Map info: Hop on a bike and take on the amazing flight to help E.T. to find his way back home. Theme: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Height restriction: 34". Opening date July 4, 1996. Closing date: August 5, 2015. Replaced by: The Walking Dead Terror Maze

Ghostbusters: Dance Party - An indoor dance party featuring the Ghostbusters  Map info: TBA. Theme: Ghostbusters franchise. Opening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: March 10, 2005. Replaced by: Shrek 4D

Shrek 4D - A 4D show based on DreamWorks Animation's Shrek franchise. Map info: Join Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona on the amazing adventure in Oger-vision to reach the happy ending. Theme: Shrek. Opening date: November 5, 2006. Closing date: June 11, 2012. Replaced: Ghostbusters: Dance Party. Replaced by: The Amazing World of Gumball: 4D

The Flintstones: The Prehistoric Independence Day Celebration - A seasonal musical stage show starring the characters from The Flintstones celebrating the 4th of July at Bedrock. It occurred every Independence Day season, from late-May-late July.  Map info: Celebrate the America's dream and go Yabba-Dabba-Doo in live with all your favorite stone-age family from Bedrock. Sponsored by: Pillsbury. Theme:  The Flintstones. Opening date: June 20, 1997. Closing date: July 10, 2005. Replaced by: Fear Factor Live

Fear Factor Live - a stunt show based NBC reailty TV series of the same name.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Fear Factor. Opening date: March 11, 2006. Closing date: August 4, 2012. Replaced: The Flintstones: The Prehistoric Independence Day Celebration. Replaced by: Despicable Me: Minions Mayhem, Club Minions and Silly Fun Land

Hershey's Chocolate World - an iteractive fun center focused on Hershey's chocolate and food products.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Hershey's products. Opening date: March 11, 1999. Closing date: July 18, 2007. Re-opening dates: June 21, 2014 (when it was moved to City Walk Philadelphia). Replaced by: Pokemon - The 4D Experience

WaterWorld - TBA

Canceled Attractions

Final Fantasy: Hero VS Hero - a dueling rollercoaster based on the Final Fantasy video game series. The reason why it was scraped is because it maybe cause everyone to leave the park forever. That idea evolved into Spongebob SquarePants: A Friendly Game.

Current Stores

Universal Studios Store - a gift store. Opening date: July 4, 1996

Minion Mart - a store which sells merchandise of Despicable Me series. Opening date: April 1, 2014.

Elmore Mall - a mall-alike store based on a fictional mall of the name from The Amazing World of GumballTheme: Elmore Mall from The Amazing World of GumballOpening date: June 11, 2015. Replaced: Shrek's Ye Shoppe

Hello Kitty's America Shop - a store with merchandise based on Sanrio characters, particularly Hello Kitty. Theme: Sanrio. Opening date: June 15, 2015. Replaced: Rugrats Toy Store 

Pokémon Center - a store decicated to everything about Pokémon. Theme: Pokémon. Opening date: February 28, 2016.

Former stores

Ghostbusters Equipment Shop - A store sells Ghostbusters-exclusive merchandise. Theme: Ghostbusters. Opening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: March 10, 2005. Replaced by: Shrek's Ye Shoppe

Rugrats Toy Store - a Rugrats-themed store. Theme: RugratsOpening date: June 6, 2000. Closing date: May 10, 2011. Replaced by: Hello Kitty's America Shop

Shrek's Ye Shoppe - a store with Shrek merchindise. Theme: Shrek Opening date: November 5, 2006. Closing date: June 11, 2012. Replaced by: Elmore Mall


Joyful Burger - A quick service restaurant that serves burers,hot dogs,chicken,corn on the cob and milkshakes for beverage and a recreation from a restaurant from The Amazing World of Gumball Theme: Joyful Burger from The Amazing World of GumballOpening date: August 30, 2013.

Snacks & Drinks

Edward Scissorhand's Ice Cream Stand- A ice cream store based on the 1990 Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands. Theme: Edward ScissorhandsOpening date: July 10, 1996

New York

Themed to New York.

Current Attractions

Space Fantasy: The Ride - an indoor rollercoaster which a USP version of the ride at Universal Studios Japan of the same name.  Map info: TBA. Theme: space. Opened date: July 6, 2013. Height restriction: 45". Replaced: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Beetlejuice's Graveyard Patriotic Revue - a live musical stage show featuring Beetlejuice and Universal Monsters sing America-themed rock music.  Map info: TBA. Opening date: July 4, 1996.

The Fast and Furious Rollercoaster - an indoor rollercoaster themed after the Fast & Furious movies. It is similar to Epcot's attraction Test Track.  Map info: TBA. Sponsored by: TBA. Theme: Fast & Furious. Opening date: April 7, 2015. Height restriction: 40". Replaced: Backdraft

Jimmy Fallon Race Through New York - A 4D motion simulator and dark ride featuring Jimmy Fallon.  Map info: Race Jimmy Fallon through New York in a 4D motion dark rideTheme: Jimmy Fallon Opening date: July 6, 2018. Height restriction: 40". Replaced: Over the Hedge 4D

Former Attractions

Journey Through The Land Before Time - a dark ride based on The Land Before Time franchise.  Map info: Join the adventure through the Great Valley with Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike. Sponsored by: TBA. Theme: The Land Before Time. Opened date: July 4, 1996. Closing Date: November 5, 2002. Replaced by: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - a 3D motion based dark ride based on Marvel's Spiderman.  Map info: TBA. Sponsored by: TBA. Theme: Spiderman. Opened date: August 31, 2004. Closing Date: May 1, 2010. Replaced: Journey Through The Land Before Time. Replaced by: Space Fantasy: The Ride

Backdraft - a special effect attraction based on Universal's 1991 film of the same name.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Backdraft. Opening date: April 11, 1997. Closing Date: November 11, 2013. Replaced by: The Fast and the Furious Rollercoaster

Terminator 2 3D - Battle Across Time - a 3D show based on Terminator.  Map info: TBA. Theme: Terminator. Opening date: October 19, 1998. Closing date: January 1, 2006. Replaced by: Over the Hedge 4D

Over the Hedge 4D - A 4D motion simulator ride based on the 2006 film with the same name  Map info: TBA. Theme: DreamWork's Over the Hedge. Opening date: February 29, 2007. Closing date: December 2, 2016. Replaced: Terminator 2 3D - Battle Across Time. Replaced by: Jimmy Fallon Race Through New York

Old Town Square of America

Themed around the old town of America from 18th to 19th century. Theme: American village of 18h - 19th century

Current Attractions

The America Story - a 25 minute film which tells the history of the United States of America. It is narrated by the CBS News caster, Walter Cronkite. Map info: Experience through the timeline, from past to present, of how America came to be. Sponsored by: Wells Fargo. Theme: history of America. Opening date: July 4, 1996. 

Plants vs Zombies: The Revolutionary War - A interactive 4D show based on the 2007 video game Plants vs Zombies  Map info: TBA. Theme: Plants vs Zombies and The Revolutionary WarOpening date: June 10, 2009. Replaced: Old America Park Spot  

Splatoon: French and Indian War Arena -An annual interactive laser tag game show based on the Nintendo Wii-U 2015 video game Splatoon and also focused on French and Indian War. It allows die-hard Splatoon fans, age 8 to up, to become teams to challenge each other as they're on the arena. It occurs every summer season from May 30th – September 20th.  Map info: Bring colour to the old historical event of America with the Squid Kids. Theme: Splatoon and The French and Indian War. Opening date: June 6, 2017. Operates from: late May to September. Replaced: Old America Park Spot  

The Liberty's Kids Live - a musical performance showed at the Universal Philadelphia Theatre (2003) Old Park America Spot (2004-2007) currently it's owned (2007-present) which was based on the 2002 children's animated educational television series of the same name. 

Former Attractions

Old America Park Spot - a wide park and picnic area which cotianed picnic tables, wide open space where guests could sit on the grass, and a playground area for children.  Map info: Take a break after a wild rideOpening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: December 5 2007 and June 9 2015. Replaced by: Plants vs Zombies: The Revolutionary War and Splatoon: French and Indian War

Current stores

The Plants vs Zombies Shop - A Plants vs Zombies themed store. Theme: Plants vs ZombiesOpening date: June 10, 2009 

Booyah Base - A Splatoon-themed mall selling mostly Nintendo merchandise. Theme: Nintendo, especially Splatoon. Opening date: June 6, 2017.


Crazy Dave's Taco Truck - A quick service restaurant that serves Tacos,Burritos, Nachos, Churros and Mexican Beer Theme: Crazy Dave from Plants vs ZombiesTheme: Plants vs ZombiesOpening date: June 10, 2009

All-Star Characters' Tavern - A character dining restaurant featuring characters from Woody Woodpecker universe (appearance: 1997-present), Plants vs Zombies (appearance: 2009-present) and Splatoon (appearance: 2015-present). The restaurant serves American foods, such as Philly cheese steak, chicken, grilled fish, hamburgers, steaks, etc. and as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Opening date: May 15, 1997.

Snacks & Drinks

Ben & Jerry's - It seen under the sign "Frost Pea's Ice Cream" Opening date: July 4, 1996


  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Woody Woodpecker (in Uncle Sam costume) and Winnie Woodpecker (in Statue of Liberty) (at All-Star Characters' Tavern)
  • Splatoon characters: Inkling boy and girl, Judd the cat, and Callie and Marie (at All-Star Characters' Tavern)
  • Plants vs Zombies characters: Peashooter, Sunflower, Zombie, Chomper (at All-Star Characters' Tavern)

A sub-area of Old Town Square of America based on a town of Virginia of the same name.


Pocahontas: The Legendary Story - A live stage show retold the historical tale of Pocahontas. Map info: TBA. Theme: the life of Pocahontas.


Western Town

Based on an old village of American west. Theme: American old west. Opening date: July 4, 1996.

The Wild, Wild West Stunt Show - a comical western stunt show inspired by Universal's western movies.  Map info: TBA. Opening date: July 4, 1996

Petting Barn - a petting zoo with sheeps, goats, chickens and pigs.  Map info: TBA. Opening date: July 4, 1996

Fievel's Playland - a kid-sized play area.  Map info: TBA. Opening date: July 4, 1996. Operates from: May to September

Rodeo Rampaging Bull - a rodeo-like ride.

Washington DC

Themed to the capital o the same name in United States of America. Theme: Washington DC. Opening date: July 4, 1996.

Current Attractions

Presidents: The Rulers of America - a museum-like walkthrough attraction focused on US Presidents past and present, containing life-size wax figures of each president.  Map info: Explore through a timeline to learn the presidents of the United States of AmericaSponsored by: Bank of America & Madame Tussauds. Theme: U.S. presidents. Opening date: July 4, 1996.

Canceled Attractions

African-American History Experience - this museum was originally planned to open at June 15, 2001, but controversy arose and the whole project was cancelled.


Themed to an US state of the same name.

Gator Lagoon - an animal exhibit walkthrough with alligators, cranes, turtles, manatees etc.  Map info: Explore through the waters of Florida to encounter swamp creature. Theme: Florida animals. Opening date: June 6, 1999.

Gator Raft - A log flume ride that goes through the exhibits of Gator Lagoon, similar to Amazon River Quest at River Safari.  Map info: Ride along the swamp and explore the wildlife on water. Sponsored by: Kodak. Theme: Alligators. Opening date: June 6, 1999. Operates from: May to September.

Outdoor Campsite of America (OCA)

Themed to national parks in United States and America's wildlife. Theme: American wildlife and camping. Opening date: May 3, 2005.

Current Attractions 

The Berenstein Bears Goes Camping-  A dark ride based on The Berenstein Bears book series. Map info: Join The Berenstein Bears as they go camping. Theme: The Berenstein Bears. Opening date: May 3, 2005.

Dora and Diego's Number Forest- A show starring Dora and Diego. Map info: Join Dora and Diego on their trip to the number forest! Theme: Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer and Go! Diego Go! Opening date: June 8, 2009. Replaced: The Boy Scout Academy

Open Season: Wild Rapid Run! - a river rabid water ride based on Sony Picture's Open SeasonMap info: Hop on a rapid raft to take on the wild and crazy rapid adventure with Boog and Elliot. Theme: Open Season. Height restriction: 44''. Opening date: April 26, 2010. Replaced: Clavey Falls River Rapids

Outdoor Wildlife - an animal exhibit walkthrough attraction with American animals like bears, deer, cougars, raccoons, American bald eagles, songbirds etc. Map info: Explore through the woods to encounter every creature. Theme: American wildlife. Opening date: May 3, 2005.

Eagle Flight - a steel flying rollercoaster themed to the American bald eagle. Map info: Soar like an eagle as you take on a amazing rollercoaster flight. Sponsored by: Ford. Theme: Bald eagle. Height restriction: 52" Opening date: July 8, 2006.

Eagle Entertainment - an animal show where eagles and other birds of prey show their skills. Map info: Be amazing by the performance of the birds of prey. Opening date: July 8, 2006.

Giant Tree Tower - an indoor drop tower attraction based upon a giant tree in the Valley of the Giants. Map info: TBA. Height restriction: 52''. Opening date: May 3, 2005

Former Attractions

Clavey Falls River Rapids - a water river rapid ride themed after Clavey Falls. Map info: TBA. Height restriction: 44". Opening date: May 3, 2005. Closing date: July 9, 2008. Replaced by: Open Season: Wild Rapid Run!

The Boy Scout Academy - TBA. Map info: TBA. Opening date: May 3, 2005. Closing date: September 12, 2008. Replaced by: Dora and Diego's Number Forest


The Cowfish- A burger and sushi place


  • Dora, Boots, Diego and Baby Jaguar
  • Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, and Mama Bear
  • Boog and Elliot
  • Smokey Bear


Inspired by the Jaws franchise


JAWS: The Ride - A boat ride based on JAWS. Map info: Tour through Amity that goes wrong with Jaws ruining itTheme: Jaws. Opening date: July 3, 2000. Operates from: June to September. Trivia: It was originally at the Hawaii section

Amity Midway Fair - an outdoor interactive midway game area. Map info: Play various games with a Shark-esque feel.


Bubba Gump Shrimp Shrimp Co.- A shrimp store Theme: Forrest Gump. Opening date: May 7, 1998.

Jurassic Park

Themed to Jurassic Park series.


Jurassic Park: The Ride - water flume ride based on Jurassic Park series. Map info: TBA. Theme: Jurassic Park. Height restriction: 42" Opening date: July 3, 2000. Operates from: June to September. Trivia: It was originally at the Hawaii section

Jurassic Park Discovery Center - a giant building where visitors can learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Map info: Experience the world of yesterday and admire the large skeleton replica of a Diplodocus. Theme: dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts. Opening date: July 16, 2011

Raptor Encounter - a small area where visitors can take photos with an animatronic Velociraptor. Map info: Come face to face with one of the most fascinating and dangerous predators of the past.


Based on an American animated series The Simpsons.

Current Attractions

The Simpsons Ride- A simulation ride based on Fox's 1989 primetime cartoon series of the same name Map info: Crash through Krustyland with America's favorite family of Springfield. Theme: The Simpsons Opening Date: May 12, 2011 Replaced: The Polar Express Experience 

Kang and Kodos' Twirl and Whirl- A flying saucer themed ride Map info: TBA. Theme: Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons Opening date: July 15, 2015 Replaced: Maggie's Peek-a-Poo Pigs. Operates from: May to September

Krusty the Clown's Crazy Upsy-Daisy Drop Tower - a child-sized drop tower attraction hosted by Krusty the Clown. Map info: You want a funny ride inton the sky?. Theme: Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons. Opening date: June 25, 2011 Operates from: May to September

Krusty's Magical Journey Through His Mouth- An indoor maze that you go through his mouth. Map info: Enter the hilarious and whimsical world of Krusty the Clown.

Former Attractions

Maggie's Peek-a-Poo Pigs- A short-lived Dumbo-like ride featuring Maggie Simpson Map info: TBA. Theme: Maggie Simpson from The Simpsons Opening date: May 15, 2011 Closed: August 22, 2014. Replaced by: Kang and Kados' Twirl and Whirl

Canceled Attractions

The Simpsons America History Tour Maze - a maze that would let guests to venture through the history of USA featuring the characters from The Simpsons. It was later got canceled because Universal realized that the idea would make the attraction to inappropriate and unpleasant for a family attraction which would of contained with some dark humor elements based on the dark events throughout of America's history. It was later re-themed into Krusty's Magical Journey Through His Mouth.


Krusty Burger- A burger themed restaurant Opening date: May 21, 2011 



Theme to a U.S. state of the same name. Theme: Alaska. Opening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: November 12, 2009. Replaced by: Springfield


Glacier Slide - a log fume based on the Alaska mountains. Map info: TBA. Theme: Alaska landscape Opening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: November 12, 2009.

The Polar Express Experience - A seasonal simulation ride based on the 2004 film of the same name it features some scenes from the film. Map info: Come aboard at the Polar Express and reach the northern circle. Theme: The Polar Express. Opening date: December 2, 2007. Closing date: November 12, 2009. Replaced by: The Simpsons Ride



A section themed around Hawaii. Theme: Hawaii. Opening date: July 4, 1996. Closing date: August 17, 2008. Replaced by: Amity and Jurassic Park. Trivia: The land consists of Jurassic Park: The Ride and JAWS: The Ride before the land would later on to be rethemed into two themed lands based in Jurassic Park and Jaws


Tropical Wave - a wave pool water attraction. Map info: TBA.

Hula Club - a hula dance performance. Map info: TBA.

Splash Tiki Zone - a child-friendly water play area. Map info: TBA.



Carolina States

A theme area consists of two sub-areas one is themed to South Carolina and another is themed to North Carolina. It was eventually canceled due the time constraint and there are not enough space for the section.


Tom & Jerry: Wacky Chase - A 3D motion-alike dark ride based on Tom & Jerry Theme: Tom & Jerry 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - A slow train ride based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar  Theme: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Spongebob's Pineapple Funhouse - A funhouse based on Nickelodeon's Spongebob SqaurePants


Themed to the country in North America of the same name. It was canceled due the section would not be relevant to the park's overall theme.



U.S. Military Ground

The area would focused on the U.S. military and America's wartime that would feature a walkthough museum attraction focused about the U.S. military history filled with the life-size replicas of props, a kids' playground themed to the military training course, a war-themed laser tag attraction, and as well as two interactive simulation rides focused on the World War I and II. But it was canceled because Universal thought the idea of the section would be to conversational and even some of the themed attractions would be too offensive. It was later got replaced by the Outdoor Campsite of America section.



The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

On December 2, 2011, Universal announced to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section for their Pennsylvanian theme park which made the HP fans excited, but unfortunately it was later on got canceled on February 4, 2012 because the section would not be relevant to the park's overall theme just like the Canada section. However, this cancellation of Harry Potter attractions for USP caused a major controversy by the angry Harry Potter fan communities, since that spread on the internet, including Twitter.



South Park, Colorado

In 2011, Universal Parks & Resorts had originally planned to licence the television animated comedy series South Park from Comedy Central (owned by Viacom) to build section based on a series. It would of include an unnamed South Park-themed interactive shooter dark ride, where riders could shoot aliens with laser zappers by stopping them from destroying the fictional town of South Park, a series of walkthrough attractions of characters' houses, and a kids' play area themed around the South Park Elementary School playground. But unfortunately, the reason it was then canceled, is due the fact the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, rejected Universal about the idea, as they said that making a themed land and attractions based on South Park (a TV-MA rating cartoon series) for the theme park would not work and it would be too offensive






Independence Day events

  • Rock of Liberty Concert - TBA.
  • The Independence Day Parade - TBA.
  • Grinchmas in Summer

Universal Studios Philadelphia 10th Anniversary Celebration (2006-08)

Sponsored by: Genreal Electric.

  • 10th Anniversary Celebration Parade - a 10th anniversary parade
  • TBA

Universal Studios Philadelphia: 15 Years of Liberty (2011-13)

  • 15 Years of Liberty Parade - a 15th anniversary parade
  • Hollywood Lights - a debut of nighttime parade
  • Nicktoons' America Adventure - A show similar to Disney's Dream Along with Mickey, but with Nicktoon characters celebrating the wonders of America.

Universal Studios Philadelphia: The Pledge for 20 Years (2016-18)

  • A Street Party at California
  • A new America in the Sky show called "America/Hollywood in the Sky"
  • It was announced that Over the Hedge 4D is returning replacing Space Fantasy
  • The costumes for Liberty's Kids Live! was updated
  • A new Ice Age log fume ride is on it's way
  • Nicktoons' America Adventure is having it's final show in June 2nd, 2016 to make way for Nicktoons' America Friendship Party
  • The Pledge for 20 Years Parade - a 20th anniversary parade 

Holidays At Universal Studios

  • ​Macy's Holiday Parade
  • Grinchmas
  • Eve

Universal's Halloween Spooktakular

A Halloween event which consists of trick-or-treating spots and activities which are designed for all-ages. Occurs at daytime from September 25 to November 1. Sponsored by: Welch's. Event opening hours: 8:30 AM - 1:00 AM. Event beginning: September 25, 1998. Trivia: Before that event, Universal Studios Philadelphia had held its Halloween Horror Nights mature-orientated event which opened on September 25, 1997, but it had a short year run as it then ended on October 31, 1997, due of it poor attendance.

  • Ghostbusters Dance Party
  • Characters' Trick-or-Treating Spots
  • Monster Mash
  • Whack-a-Rat!
  • The Great Pumpkin Patch - a pumpkin patch area filled with real-life pumpkins, fun and activities for children, an a live stage show inspired by the Peanuts TV special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Debuted: September 25, 1998. Ended: November 1, 1999


Let's Get This Party Started! with the Cat in the Hat

A temporary event which was meant to promote Universal Pictures/DreamWorks 2003 film The Cat in the Hat, occurred every weekends from August-November 2003. It consisted activities, meet-n-greets and entertainment for all the Cat in the Hat fans of various ages.

  • Dance with Cat and the Things
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back - The Show

Traveled in the Year of 2015: A Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Celebration

An event was celebrated the 30th anniversary of Universal's Back to the Future franchise.

  • Back to the Future - The 4D Experience.

The Furious 7 Fan Experience

This event was held during the premiere of Furious 7 on early April to May 2015. The most important of this event is the opening of the newly-renovated Fast and Furious rollercoaster.


Fireworks shows

Incidents and Controversies

  • On September 11, 1996, TBA
  • On March 15, 1997, TBA
  • On September 14, 1998, a 15-year-old teenage girl was been hospitalized due to her serious brain damage after riding Snoopy's Mayflower Voyage.
  • On August 12, 1999, a 2-year-old girl had accidentally fell down to the stage and then got burnt to death by a fire at the Backdraft attraction.
  • July 9, 2000, at the Gator Lagoon attraction, a male high school graduated senior wanted to sneak to the alligators' exhibit to wrestling one of the gators. As he did climb inside the exhibit, the parks' employees watched and yelled at the teenage boy to get out of the exhibit because the alligators would kill him, but the boy just ignore their warnings as he began to wrestle a gator, but in process, the gator ended up mauling the boy to death.
  • On May 11, 2001, a man was hospitalized due to his neck pain after riding Jurassic Park: The Ride.
  • On June 10, 2005, two teenage boys were fighting at the Old America Park Spot until the park's security guards breaking up the two and sent them in prison.
  • On May 2, 2007, in the The Liberty's Kids Live, an actress who played Sarah had accidentally fell down from the stage where she seriously got her back spine broke and then been toke to the hospital for back surgery.
  • On August 4, 2011, a cougar attacked an animal trainer in its exhibit by biting off his arm and then the animal trainer went to the hospital for operation.
  • February 5, 2012, After the announcement regarding the cancellation of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section for Universal Studios Philadelphia, controversies began to spread all over the internet, including Twitter, by the group of angry fans of the Harry Potter fanbase. TBA
  • On June 12, 2012, the Krusty's Magical Journey Through His Mouth maze attraction burst to flames leaving 6 people trapped and killed inside the building while 30 of others escaped. Then after, the park was evacuated and the attraction was closed for three Days.
  • On June 3, 2014, a man, aged 48, suffered from heart-attack after riding a Eagle Flight rollercoaster and then been taken to the hospital for operation.
  • On April 22, 2015, an 11-year-old boy had fell off overboard from the boat and sadly drowned while riding JAWS.
  • On October 15, 2015, the park employee who dressed and played Hammy (Over the Hedge) for the America Hollywood Dreams Parade fell off from the Over the Hedge-themed float and got killed by The Simpsons-themed float.
  • On June 1, 2016, one of the raccoons escaped its exhibit and explored the park and the nearby forest, but was later captured and relocated.
  • On July 7th, 2016, A 18 year old girl was roughly shoved by Peashooter at the Character All Star Tavern while going to the bathroom and sued the park and lost but the employee said he joking around and new character rules was established
  • On July 22nd, 2016, A 65 year old man verbally tounched Ladybug (Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Norsh) that he groped her while taking a photo and was sent to prison and has to do 120 hours of community service


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California - Hollywood & San Francisco: The NBCUniversal Experience, Spongebob SquarePants: A Friendly Game, The Amazing World of Gumball: 4D, Studio Tour Tram, Nickelodeon Studios Philadelphia, Pokemon - The 4D Experience, Universal Studios' Animal Actors, The Walking Dead Terror Maze, Back to the Future: The Ride, Despicable Me: Minions Mayhem, Silly Fun Land, Club Minions, The Cat in the Hat, Ladybug and Cat Noirsh Stunt Show

New York: Space Fantasy: The Ride, Beetlejuice's Graveyard Patriotic Revue, The Fast and Furious Rollercoaster, Jimmy Fallon Race Through New York