Fire destroys parts for Universal Orlando's new water park

Posted | Contributed by BrettV

Firefighters responded to a call in an area adjacent to Wet 'n' Wild, where apparently parts to Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay were being stored.

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Jeff's avatar

I didn't think that stuff was particularly flammable. Weird.

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rollergator's avatar

Saw this going down yesterday no my FB feed - wonder how much of a delay this will cause....

As for flammability...I'd be surprised if it was ever a concern, considering it's equipment for a water park...

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I saw it driving home from MCO yesterday. I honestly couldn't tell from my vantage point on 528 if it was smoke or a random storm cloud. I only put it together when I saw the article.

99er's avatar

It appears to all be slide sections which are made from fiberglass. While the fiberglass itself probably isn't that flammable the resin that holds it all together, and maybe even a manufactures coating on the slide surface, would most definitely be flammable. Seeing how much the ground that was burned I wonder if this started as a brush fire that got out of control quick. This will probably set the project back a good bit since it looks like it was a lot of sections that were lost.

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Jeff's avatar

Some of the construction photos I've seen suggest that there is a lot of integration of themed elements (read: rock work) with the slides, which would definitely cause delays if they have to build that stuff around the slide components.

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Maybe Wet n Wild will get a reprieve until next season...

Tommytheduck's avatar

Why were they storing their parts at Conneaut Lake?

I doubt Wet N Wild gets a lease on life over this. I don't believe Volcano Bay is set to open until next spring/summer, so there will be some time anyway when neither are open.

I still wonder if anything from Wet N Wild will be relocated. My one visit in 2014 wasn't all that spectacular, but they have a fairly new and pretty decent mat racer slide that would be a good addition to Volcano Bay. The question then becomes, do they just scrap everything over there or auction it Geauga Lake style?

99er's avatar

I would hope they auction off everything that could be used again. I could see Fun Spot picking some items up.


I was kidding about the reprieve. The brochure clearly states the last day ever is Dec 31st.

There are many attractions at Wet n Wild that aren't terrain specific, and could easily move to another well-deserved spot.

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