Patrons at a Downtown Disney restaurant got more than they bargained for on Monday evening when a large fish tank sprung a leak in the middle of a busy dinner service.
People dining at the T-Rex Cafe, a popular dinosaur-themed eatery in the park, were suddenly splashed with aquarium water when a seal in the tank gave way, causing the water to spew out in a fast gush. The entire episode was caught on a camera phone by a woman named Kate Wallace, who noted that the restaurant’s employees worked quickly to save the fish inside. The employees filled trash cans full of water and placed the fish, which included large angel fish and several other species, into the cans to keep them alive.
Keith Beitler, a senior vice president of Landry’s specialty restaurants division, (which owns the Downtown Disney cafe,) said that the seal’s integrity failed and caused the water to gush out, which is why the leak was so powerful and seemed to happen all at once.
Beitler also praised the eatery’s employees for their quick thinking, which saved the lives of the fish. He noted, “Employees took action and did a great job rescuing all of the marine life, caring for our guests and managing the situation. The marine life has been moved to holding tanks and the restaurant is open for business as usual.” The company later confirmed that all the fish involved are alive and well.
Downtown Disney is not a part of Florida’s famous Disneyland theme park, but instead is a collection of themed shops, eateries, and other entertainment. It’s a popular place for people to visit because they don’t need to pay for a ticket to enter the area or pay for any extra parking fees. The restaurant remains open this evening and the tank has been removed for repair.