Guest covered in vomit during incident at Universal Studios
At Universal Studios Resort in Orland, Florida, guests can enjoy nearly limitless experiences. From delicious food and snacks to amazing rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone at the resort.
Universal Orlando is also expanding, with Epic Universe, Universal’s newest park, just on the horizon.
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Although the theme park does not currently have an official opening date, the latest word is that it will likely open in 2025, and after a long hiatus in development due to COVID, construction has resumed, and we are finally starting to see things take shape.
There are so many great rides for guests to do at Universal Orlando. From Jurassic World VelociCoaster to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, thrill seekers and rollercoaster enthusiasts are sure to enjoy what the resort has to offer. However, one guest shared his very unfortunate and disgusting experience of being thrown up on a thrill ride at Universal.
The ride in question was Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride known for its ability to cause motion sickness in riders. The ride is set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and uses KUKA technology, allowing the seats to move in different ways while being held above the track by a giant robot arm. The ride takes guests through a series of screens and projections, as well as physical objects and sets. On board, guests will encounter Hogwarts Castle, Whomping Willow, Dementors and a Quidditch match.
Since the Orlando version first opened in 2010, the ride has been a smash hit among Harry Potter fans as well as casual theme park goers.
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The story begins when the guest realizes they have been covered in some type of liquid at the end of the ride:
“I had a friend in town, this was our second ride on FJ, so we took the single rider route and I ran him past me. So you know, we count to 3, let’s say observatory, and we fly! But wait. Was it a rogue gentleman? What’s that weird smell? We were in the Forbidden Forest when I realized the man next to me was powerfully throwing his guts, which continued for the duration of the ride.
After realizing that they had been vomited, the Guest then disembarks from the attraction:
“My whole left side is completely covered in vomit and it’s just smearing the divider between the seats. The woman to her left was wearing a white pantsuit and I felt worse for her than for me. They told me led to what I now consider to be “the punishment chair”, this vehicle seat that waits in line to be tested. Had the vomiting man and his family been ushered into the cleaning room? Is that just in front of this chair.
The guest leaves the ride and sits in what he calls the “punishment chair,” the replica vehicle that guests can test drive before boarding the attraction. The guest then describes the sick guest:
“He was very ill. After he and his family left the cleaning room, a TM had to come in and disinfect it because he also got sick there. The whole time, I sat in the punishment chair, half-covered in vomit, staring at the door to the cleaning room. I received sympathetic looks, other people just laughed. When I finally got to the room, I was offered an XXL plain white tee shirt that hung down on me a bit like a dress, but it was better than the puke shirt. They couldn’t help me with my shorts, though.”
The guest then describes how the ordeal ended:
“About an hour into the event, I met my friend at Hog’s Head and decided that my t-shirt dress wouldn’t do. We went to customer service, where I explained the situation and held up my puke shirt. They ended up taking me shopping at the store at the port of entry, and I was able to get a new shirt (which fits me) and some men’s shorts (which don’t fit me). will not), but it was better than before!
And that’s my story, of what happens when you’re on the business side of a protein spill.
Fortunately, the guest was able to replace their ruined clothes, as is often the case at Universal and Disney. We’d love some tips on how to avoid this predicament, but if you’re a rollercoaster enthusiast, it comes with the territory!
Has something like this ever happened to you?