Last month, a 9-year-old boy was discovered unresponsive at Universal Orlando‘s Volcano Bay. According to a state report, the child was found at a thrill water ride at Volcano Bay. The news was just released this week in an Orlando Sentinel report.
Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, located on the top of Volcano Bay’s iconic volcano, is a thrill ride that allows guests to stand on drop doors and be plummeted into enclosed waterslide tubes before splashing into a big pool of water. The Universal Orlando website describes the ride as:
It’s A Jaw-Dropping Plunge
Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin trap doors plunge two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
The state report, which is dated on June 14, says this is where the little boy was discovered unresponsive, though there was not much other information included within the report.
Orlando Sentinel reports that Tom Schroder, a Universal spokesman, said the 9-year-old boy was released from the hospital the following day. Though, Schroder declined to comment further on what exactly happened on the thrill water ride.
Universal Orlando and Volcano Bay reopened to the public on June 5 after being temporary closed for months due to the current global pandemic. The theme parks and water park have implemented several health and safety protocols including:
- They will provide a free, disposable mask for guests if they do not bring their own.
- Social distancing in queue lines, merchandise stores, food outlets, and more.
- Keeping a safe attendance maximum that Universal will manage.
- Reduce and/or eliminate mist elements from attractions.
- Implementation of virtual lines.
- Eliminating single rider lines.
- Elimination of post show meet and greets.
- Restaurant menus will have single use menus (paper). Once the guest is done with the menu, they will be disposed.
- Touchless ordering of food and contactless payments will be encouraged. (Minimization of cash use.)
- Temperature checks and face coverings required for team members.
- Ambassadors scattered throughout the park to help encourage sanitization, hand washing, and social distancing measures.