Universal Resort Orlando Flooded, Jurassic Park Ride Damaged by Hurricane Ian – Deadline

Hurricane Ian unleashed 14 inches of rain and winds up to 60 mph in Orlando Wednesday night, and this morning the damage from that onslaught was evident at Universal Resort Orlando.

News reports and photos posted to social media showed many areas of the park under several feet of water, including the Incredible Hulk Coaster, whose lower tracks are normally suspended over the park’s lagoon, but this morning were submerged in the lagoon, which had apparently risen with the deluge.

Flooding also inundated the walkway to the resort’s CityWalk and Portofino restaurant, the entrance to the adjacent Double Tree by Hilton hotel and the I-4 Express near the park.

The most notable impact from Ian may have been the giant hole blown in the side of the giant building that houses the Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Park officials announced late today that while “assessment and recovery efforts” continue, a “phased reopening” will begin Friday for guests at the resort’s hotels who rode out the storm there. It is unclear what parts of the park that may include. Deadline reached out to park officials and will add additional comments received.

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