Universal Orlando Reveals Proposed Reopening Date
Today, during a virtual meeting of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, Universal Studios presented their proposal for reopening the Orlando park.
According to the plan, Universal would like to begin a phased reopening of its Florida theme parks on June 1, initially only for its own team members. On June 3 and June 4, Universal would be open for limited availability to some passholders. When the park does reopen to the public on June 5, capacity will be limited. Visible employees will be placed throughout the parks to help guests follow the procedures.
Upon arrival, valet parking will not be available, and cars will park one or two spaces apart. Inside of the park, there will be temperature checks for guests and employees upon arrival. If their temperature 100.4 degrees or higher, they won’t be allowed to enter. If guests arrive at the park without a mask, they will be provided one. Interactive play areas will be shut down, and the water and mist elements of attractions will be eliminated. Virtual Lines will be implemented on attractions at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The single rider lines will be closed. Sanitizer stations will be at entrance and exit of rides and eateries. Furthermore, employee break rooms will also be forced to observe social distancing.
Alterations have been made to entertainment and dining as well. Meet and greets after any show will be eliminated, with the characters now only waving at guests. All eateries will now offer ordering through mobile devices, with emphasis on contactless payments. Cash will not be refused, but procedures are in place for guests who do use it.
Here’s what a guests journey will look like at Universal Orlando:
The following signage will be used:
Here’s a look at the handouts that will be available at guest services.
The Orange County reopening task force unanimously approved the plan, but it must also be approved by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Wednesday, Mayor Demings said that he plans to make a recommendation to Gov. Ron DeSantis within 12 to 24 hours. Part of that evaluation period involves county staff making site visits. Gov. DeSantis said regarding theme park reopening proposals, “Obviously I want to get to yes, so I think if you work with your local [officials], you’ll be in pretty good shape“.
Universal has theme parks in Orlando, Los Angeles, Japan and Singapore, all of which are temporarily closed. However, the CityWalk portion of Universal Orlando — featuring shops and dining, partially reopened on May 14.
Universal is the first of Orlando’s major theme parks to announce a target date for a reopening since it closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney and SeaWorld are not yet scheduled to outline their plans publicly, but both are expected to do so soon. The next task force meeting is May 27.
For more information including tickets, visit the official Universal Orlando website by clicking here
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