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Flooded by Hurricane Ian, Universal Orlando Resort Reopens to All Guests This Weekend – Update

UPDATED with the latest version: Just days after the severe devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, Universal Orlando Resort has announced that the resort will be open to all guests tomorrow, October 1st. A “phased reopening” began today for guests at the resort's hotels that weathered the storm there. The resort's popular Halloween Horror Nights will also be open to all guests starting tomorrow.

Given the severe flooding and, in the case of the massive building that houses Jurassic Park River Adventure, structural damage, it's still unclear how much of the park is open. More on this below.

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According to the park's announcement, its Volcano Bay reopened today.

PREVIOUSLY on September 29th: Hurricane Ian unleashed 14 inches of rain and winds of up to 60 miles per hour in Orlando on Wednesday evening, and this morning the damage from that storm was clearly visible at Universal Orlando Resort.

News reports and photos posted on social media showed that many areas of the park were several feet underwater, including the Incredible Hulk Coaster, whose lower rails normally float above the park's lagoon, but this morning they were submerged in the lagoon , which was the case, was obviously resurrected with the flood.

Floodwaters also inundated the walkway to the resort's CityWalk and Portofino Restaurant, the entrance to the adjacent Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and the I-4 Express near the park.

Ian's most noticeable impact may have been the giant hole blasted into the side of the massive building that houses Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Park officials announced late today that while “assessment and recovery efforts” will continue, a “phased reopening” will begin Friday for guests of the resort's hotels that weathered the storm there. It is unclear what parts of the park this might include. Deadline has reached out to the park administration and will add any additional comments received.

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