Universal Orlando has confirmed that Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls will be out of action for several weeks at Islands of Adventure, as fire damage is assessed and repaired.
The water flume ride was damaged in a fire on New Year's Day, with investigators reportedly struggling to determine the cause due to the extensive damage caused. Universal says it will bring forward scheduled seasonal maintenance work on the attraction, resulting in a lengthy closure period.
The fire on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls forced the evacuation of the ride and the surrounding Toon Lagoon area. All riders were evacuated safely, with none requiring hospital treatment, and the Orlando Fire Department was able to extinguish the flames within an hour.
Damage is believed to be centered on the roof of the ride's structure, and not on any of the enclosed areas through which riders' log vehicles travel. Investigators say that the fire appears to have started accidentally, although this is yet to be confirmed.
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.