Today, Universal Studios Orlando submitted their reopening plan in the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting. The county approved Universals plan and had completed a walk through this morning prior to the meeting. The next step is for the governor of Florida to approve the plan. If the governor of Florida approves their plan, we can expect to start seeing guests back at Universal as soon as June!
Here is a breakdown of what was proposed and what to expect.
June 1st and 2nd the parks would open to select team members so they can vet the processes and procedures that had be put into place.
June 3rd and 4th a limited number of guests would be welcomed, including annual passholders.
June 5th the theme parks would open to all guests, with a reduced capacity.
- Temperate checks will be done at park entrances for guests. Employees will also have daily temperature checks.
- Masks must be work by employees and guests. Disposable masks will be available to guests if they do not have one.
- Limited capacity for all parks, shopping, restaurants, and queue lines.
- Parking lots will only utilize every other parking space. Valet parking will not be available.
- Virtual queue lines (as used at Volcano Bay waterpark currently) is being incorporated throughout the theme parks.
- Single rider lines have been eliminated and queue lines will have spacers marked on the floor to allow social distancing.
- Interactive play areas will be closed.
- Elimination of water and mist elements around the park and in attractions where possible.
- No post show meet and greets after the live shows will occur at this time.
- Menu’s at the restaurants have been converted to paper so they are single use.
- Contactless payment options will be available within Universal’s App as well as other options such as Google pay and Apple pay. Cash will be accepted however extra precautions will be in place for cash transactions.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of attractions as well as throughout the parks.
- Signage has been placed throughout the parks, starting at the tollbooth entrance and including signage at attractions explaining how the queue line for that attraction will work.
This is exciting news as we are slowly starting to see Orlando venues open back up to visitors! The new Margaritaville resort in Orlando has recently opened as well as earlier this week we saw the opening of Universal’s CityWalk and Disney’s Disney Springs area. Be sure to follow my blog to stay up to date on Universal and Disney travel as well as other openings. Updates are also posted on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
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