A fist fight near the security checkpoint at Universal Orlando Resort was caught on camera and posted to social media last night.
The video seemed to originate with Facebook user Logan Euler, but it quickly made the rounds on other social media platforms.
A fight broke out at Universal Studios near the security checkpoint. Video posted to Facebook by user Logan Euler. "What a way to start a new year! OH MY! Nathan Jay I think the police force here needs backup… saw 1 officer get punched …." Unclear what started the brawl. pic.twitter.com/ctmFeBsyzv
— Theme Park Express (@ThemeParkExpres) January 1, 2021
It’s unclear what started the brawl, who was involved or if charges will be filed, but the initial post claimed that at least one officer “got punched.”
An onlooker can be overheard saying “I’m freaking out!”
According to WDW News Today, crowd levels at Universal Orlando Resort have been extremely high this week. This can be evidenced by many videos popping up on social media.
Guests are pouring into Universal Studios Florida this morning. An announcement was just made that the parks are not doing anything special for New Years Eve and there are no more reservations available for CityWalk. pic.twitter.com/FUJJ3qfHRA
— Universal Parks News Today (@UniNewsToday) December 31, 2020
— R.I.P.cot Center 🌐 (@RIPcotCenter) December 28, 2020
Universal Orlando. Masses of people each day. Life goes on in FL!! pic.twitter.com/uiLxo5bGhi
— Mark Schabes (@MarkSchabes) January 1, 2021
On both December 29th and December 30th, Universal Orlando announced it had reached capacity on Twitter.
Today, December 29th at 8:32 am, Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure have reached capacity. We do not anticipate re-opening, and we encourage you to visit us another day. pic.twitter.com/uaJ21Xta4i
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) December 29, 2020
Today, December 30th at 8:10 am, Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure have reached capacity. We anticipate reopening later this afternoon. For updates, please call our capacity hotline: 407-817-8317 pic.twitter.com/Khn7RSn6eh
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) December 30, 2020
On December 30th, Universal hit capacity minutes after opening at 8:10 a.m.
Universal Orlando hits capacity, closes to new guests within minutes of opening today https://t.co/KeE4gUX9g2
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 31, 2020
Of course the news of the park hitting capacity raises questions about what Universal Orlando’s capacity limit currently is during the pandemic, to which they seemingly will not make public at this time.
Hi Rose, we do not have an exact number to provide, however we are currently limiting attendance at our theme parks during our phased reopening.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) December 31, 2020
Stay tuned for more news on Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World here on Pirates & Princesses as it becomes available.
[Hat Tip: Theme Park Express]