Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

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A suspicious package found by a K-9 unit in Universal Orlando’s transportation hub caused an evacuation and temporary closure of the facility at around 4:50 PM on Monday. The all-clear was issued later at around 5:40 PM.

Universal Orlando’s transportation hub encompasses its two garages, valet, and bus/taxi loop. It is how almost all guests enter the Resort. Water taxis and walking paths connected to Universal’s on-site hotels remained open. Additionally, all restaurants at CityWalk and the two theme parks remained operational.

Universal Orlando CityWalk temporarily closed due to suspicious package
Universal Orlando parking garage temporarily closed due to suspicious package

For about 45 minutes, guests were not permitted to enter the transportation hub and retrieve their vehicles. The suspicious package was located in the south parking garage (known as the Cat in the Hat, Spider-Man, and E.T. garage).

Both Orlando Fire Department and the Orlando Police Department assisted with operations around the Resort, including stopping traffic and investigating the package. Hazmat, an Orlando Fire district commander, and several police supervisors were all present. Bottled water was distributed to guests by Universal Orlando Team Members, who did an exceptional job of keeping guests calm.

Universal Orlando Team Members distribute bottled water while transportation hub is closed
Universal Orlando Team Members distribute bottled water while transportation hub is closed
Universal Orlando Team Members distribute bottled water while transportation hub is closed
Universal Orlando Team Members distribute bottled water while transportation hub is closed

At about 5:30 PM, Universal Orlando security allowed guests to enter all of the transportation hub besides the south parking garage. About 5 minutes later, the south garage was also opened.

Universal Orlando is an industry leader in security. The Resort’s Security department implemented metal detectors in December and more recently implemented x-ray scanners for bags entering the Resort last month.

Universal Orlando's transportation hub begins to reopen
Universal Orlando’s transportation hub begins to reopen
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Fire Rescue District Commander at Universal Orlando

Taylor Strickland Taylor Strickland is the Owner & Publisher at Orlando Informer, the internationally awarded independent resource for guests visiting Orlando. In this position, he leads the website's overall direction and day-to-day operations, working with a team of writers, editors, developers, and producers.

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