Another stage show at Universal Orlando has closed for good.
Orlando Park Stop was the first to report that “Fear Factor Live” will not be returning. While its closure had been rumored for months — and considering it hadn’t reopened since the COVID-19 pandemic, it was widely expected — the confirmation came from a private message from Universal on Twitter.
However, it appears it’s not just the show that’s closing, it’s the entire theater.
“Yes, the Fear Factor Live venue will permanently close at Universal Studios Florida on November 1, 2021,” Alyson Sologaistoa, Universal’s senior director of public relations, told Theme Park Tribune in an email.
The theater is currently being used through the end of the month for the “Halloween Nightmare Fuel” show at Halloween Horror Nights. It’s been home to a stage production at the seasonal event since 2006, starting with the series of Bill & Ted HHN shows that ran until 2017.
While no replacement has been announced, Orlando Park Stop reports that the prevailing rumor is that it will house a virtual reality “Harry Potter” attraction, serving as an expansion of the nearby Diagon Alley area. The fact that Universal specified that the venue was closing, not just the show, lends credence to those rumors.
“Fear Factor Live” originally opened in 2005. It took over the space once occupied by “The Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show,” which ran from 1991 to 2003.
This marks the third Universal Studios Florida attraction or show announced in 2021 to be closing. “A Day in the Park with Barney” was last performed in August 2020, but its permanent closure was only confirmed in February. “Fear Factor Live” will similarly not get any sendoff. Universal had also announced earlier this month that Shrek 4-D would close for good on Jan. 10, 2022.