Officials investigating electrical incident at Volcano Bay

June 5, 2019, 5:41 PM · A potentially dangerous electrical issue led Universal Orlando to close its Volcano Bay water theme park early last weekend. Several team members were taken to a local hospital, "out of an abundance of caution," according to a resort spokesperson, after guests and team members reported feeling an electrical current in the water at some spots in the park.

No injuries resulted from the electrical exposure, and everyone transported to the hospital was released.

However, OSHA is now investigating the incident, local media report. Universal Orlando officials have said only that the problem was a "technical issue," but obviously, anyone who has worked in the construction and operations businesses knows the extent to which people design systems to ensure that water and power sources never, ever meet. Clearly, something went wrong here and perhaps OSHA can find what that was and disclose those details to the public.

And, by the way, contrary to some reports, no one was electrocuted at Volcano Bay, as that terms describes someone being killed by an electric current. At most, people were shocked by the electricity, as the exposure was not enough to injure anyone. The park reopened Monday without further incident.

Volcano Bay is the sixth most-visited water park in the world, according to the recent TEA/AECOM Theme Index report. It opened in May 2017, replacing the world's first water park, Wet 'n' Wild, which stood on the site of the soon-to-open Universal's Endless Summer hotels.

Replies (0)

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Park tickets

Weekly newsletter

New attraction reviews

News archive