The Disney Parks and Disney Resorts (particularly Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort) have had to contend with an unprecedented level of violence from Disney Guests in recent months — and apparently, Disney’s biggest competitor Universal Studios Orlando Resort is also struggling with the same problem!
A large-scale fistfight recently broke out between juveniles at Universal Studios Orlando Resort on July 23. The fight took place in a Universal parking garage, and Orlando Police had to intervene.
The Orlando Police revealed some information about the fight in the Tweet shown below, stating that there were “NO shots fired” and “NO injuries reported” after the violent incident. The area was evacuated as a precaution.
Our officers responded to the parking garage at the 6000 block of Universal Blvd. regarding a fight between several juveniles. Out of an abundance of caution, the premises are being evacuated as our officers ensure everyone is safe.
NO shots fired & NO injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/VQxBcWO6gh
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 24, 2022
Now, Universal Studios Orlando Resort has added a curfew to its CityWalk destination (which is something akin to a shopping mall that features shopping opportunities and dining destinations), presumably in an effort to keep violent Guests from inciting violence after dark.
“We’ve made adjustments to our weekend operations at CityWalk, and Guests under the age of 18 are required to depart at 9 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian, are staying at a Universal Hotel or seeing a movie,” Universal Orlando Resort declared in the Tweet shown below.
We've made adjustments to our weekend operations at CityWalk and Guests under the age of 18 are required to depart at 9 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian, are staying at a Universal Hotel or seeing a movie. Reach out closer to the event for any updated info!
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) August 7, 2022
Upon considering the increase in violence, it seems like this curfew may have been instated both as an effort to keep teenagers from fighting on Universal property and also as an effort to keep children safe as theme parks (and other crowded destinations) become more dangerous.
Universal Studios Orlando Resort’s famous competitor Walt Disney World Resort has certainly been plagued with fights recently, with Disney Guests (drunk or otherwise) threatening Cast Members, blatantly breaking rules, and brawling in the middle of the Magic Kingdom.
The large-scale Magic Kingdom fistfight led to arrests and lifetime bans for people who were involved, and now it seems like Universal Orlando Resort is making an effort to curb that kind of consistent violence from visitors as well!