A fire broke out on the Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls attraction at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure on New Years Day, forcing the evacuation of the ride and the surrounding Toon Lagoon area.
Guests were on the water flume ride when the fire started at approximately 5pm, with all being evacuated safely and none requiring hospital treatment. Toon Lagoon was closed for 90 minutes, with Orlando Fire Department firefighters able to extinguish the flames within an hour. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls will be closed indefinitely while the cause of the fire is established, with the park confirming that it will be out of action for the rest of the weekend at a minimum.
Reports and images of the incident indicate that the fire mainly affected the roof of the ride's structure, and not any of the enclosed areas through which riders' log vehicles travel. The Orlando Sentinel quotes Orlando Deputy Fire Chief Greg Hoggatt as saying that the large clouds of black smoke billowing from the scene of the fire were caused by the type of material that was present. Eyewitnesses claim that much of Islands of Adventure smelled of burning plastic.
A video report from ABC Action News on the fire at Islands of Adventure is embedded below:
Islands of Adventure has seen record crowds during the period following Christmas, with the park reaching capacity and being forced to close its gates for several consecutive days. The boost in attendance compared to previous years is due to the popularity of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened in June.