Would-be wizards and warlocks were alarmed on Thursday afternoon after the shuttle transporting them from King’s Cross Station in London to Hogsmeade Station in Orlando suffered from a technical malfunction which resulted in the magic fans of all ages being stranded for over an hour in a hot compartment without air conditioning. No amount of wizard training prepared the guests of Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter for this very non-magical moment, and it is reported that in the resulting situation several people became faint due to the heat and lack of water.
The Public Relations Senior Director for Universal Orlando Resort, Alyson Lundell, has issued a statement regarding the situation that does little to answer the numerous questions undoubtedly being posed by those who became stranded when the shuttle malfunctioned around 3:15 in the afternoon. Speaking of the situation, Lundell simply stated that the train experienced a “technical issue,” without further elaborating on just what that issue was or what spells the park would cost to repair the situation.
A team from the Orlando Fire Department was called in to the park in order to assist the stranded passengers, but it was not until 4:30, over an hour after the train stopped along the tracks, that all guests were safely pulled from the stranded train. Of those who suffered adverse health effects due to the excessive heat and humidity within the train, Lundell indicated that, while several received aid from the Orlando Fire Department, none of them suffered enough to require transportation to the hospital.
While inside of the train, guests were able to access their social media platforms. They relayed messages of frustration and anxiety to their friends and family, indicating that the halted train was providing them with no air conditioning, and that the resulting heat was causing people to pass out. In her statement, Lundell did not address these claims of extreme distress, instead painting a relatively upbeat narrative of the grim scenario.
At the time of this writing, it is not known whether or not any guests stuck in the train are seeking to file charges against the Universal Studios Florida.
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