Fire destroys parts for Universal Orlando's new water park

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:35 AM | 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.

Read more and see video from WESH/Orlando.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:37 AM

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:52 AM

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...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:07 AM

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:30 AM

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.

Last edited by 99er, Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:31 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:30 AM

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:28 AM

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

Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:38 PM

Why were they storing their parts at Conneaut Lake?

Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:24 PM

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?

Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:28 PM

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

Friday, June 17, 2016 2:56 AM

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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