Guests Forced To Evacuate After “Weird Smell” At Universal Hotel

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Guests open a "pull to open" emergency door at Universal's Endless Summer Resort.

Guests at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort in Orlando, Florida, were in for more than they bargained for on check-in day!

endless summer lobby
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Reddit user u/Mysterious-Dance2373 shared a video of themselves pushing an emergency “lockdown” door and asked other Universal Orlando fans what the purpose of the doors is:

Endless Summer resort lockdown door???? from UniversalOrlando

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In a comment, the Guest further explained their experience, writing that when they returned to the Resort after a day at the Universal Orlando Parks, they heard a “blaring fire alarm:”

Basically we had checked into the hotel and everything was fine. By the time we got back up to our room by the end of the day we heard a blaring alarm once we got off the elevator. As we approached our section we seen the doors and seen people just opening them like normal. 

Dockside Inn
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Other Universal Orlando fans explained that the lockdown doors close automatically and must be opened manually while alarms goes off. They’re likely installed to contain an emergency threat like fire as much as possible.

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According to the Guest, there was no cause for panic, and no one at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort was injured. The Guest reported a strange smell upon returning to their room:

Once we got into our section we noticed a weird smell only in our section. There was no cause for panic but i had just never seen that before. I am assuming it was to contain the weird smell.

Dockside Inn and Suites
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“That weird smell was probably electrical-related,” u/UCFknight2016 explained.

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More on Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort

Surfside Inn
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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort opened in 2019 and contains two hotels, Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites. Both are located steps from the Universal Orlando Theme Parks and Volcano Bay! From Universal Orlando:

Two Extra-Affordable Hotels.
Choose a vibrant and sunny retreat from our first-ever Value category hotels. Each comes with its own style, plus exclusive theme park benefits that keep you close to all the Universal action*.

Surfside Inn and Suites

Step into the surf lifestyle. The feeling here is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf vibe woven throughout.

  • Smaller hotel

  • Enjoy water views of the lake

  • Kick back in the surfboard-shaped pool

Dockside Inn and Suites

Escape to the perfect sunset. This carefree escape is inspired by sand, sea and breathtaking sunsets.

  • Larger hotel with two towers
  • Unwind in the lobby bar
  • Take your pick of two large pools

Standard Rooms & 2-Bedroom Suites

Accommodations here are incredibly affordable and perfect for families of any size, with both standard rooms and spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six. Go for bright, beachy and soothing at Surfside Inn and Suites or cool, calm and carefree at Dockside Inn and Suites.

dockside inn & suites
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Have you ever been evacuated from a hotel – at Universal Orlando or elsewhere? Share your story with us in the comments! 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Universal Orlando Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Universal Orlando operations.

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