State and local officials in Florida have approved Universal Orlando’s reopening plans for June 5, 2020.
Universal Orlando will be one of the biggest theme parks in the country to reopen.
Universal, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld in Florida have all been closed for 10 weeks, since mid-March 2020, because of the global pandemic.
The reopened Universal Orlando will look very different for visitors and employees, according to a presentation made to the local economic recovery task force on Thursday by company officials.
Upon arrival, valet parking will not be available, and cars will park one or two spaces apart. All visitors will receive a temperature check, and no one with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be allowed to enter. Employees will also receive temperature checks upon arrival to work.
Visitors and employees will be required to wear face coverings. Universal Orlando will provide disposable face masks for visitors who don’t bring their own.
The park’s capacity will be limited, said John Sprouls, chief administrative officer for Universal Studios, though he did not specify by how much. Phase 1 of large theme park reopening plans call for 50% capacity limitation, while Phase 2 is set at 75%.
“We’re going to ramp up very slowly,” he told the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force last week.
Employees will be required to take regular hand-washing breaks [every half hour], wear face masks and space themselves at least 6 feet apart. They will also be asked to monitor their temperatures at home before coming into work.
Universal Orlando has installed signage at the entrances and throughout the park to let visitors know what’s expected of them. Visitors will also receive a Healthy Habits handout, available in English and other languages.
Select venues Universal CityWalk retail and restaurant complex reopened on May 14th as part of a limited reopening plan.
The CityWalk employees and customers are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing, as per Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Employees and visitors are also having temperature checks upon entrance. Visitors who record temperatures of 100.4 F or higher are not allowed to enter CityWalk.
Restaurants are currently limited to 25% customer capacity, and CityWalk has hand sanitizing stations throughout the complex.
Last Wednesday, the city commission approved a plan to reopen the Legoland Florida theme park on June 1st.
Legoland Florida will reopen at half capacity and will strongly encourage visitors to wear face coverings, but not require them.
Like Universal Orlando, Legoland Florida guests will be temperature screened and turned away if it’s higher than 100.4 degrees.
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This is the scariest roller coaster at Universal Orlando: the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit!!!!!!!
Christian went on it 2x! I had to hold on to his wallet and keys for him…nothing allowed in your pockets!