Universal Orlando is set to become one of the first major theme park resorts to reopen in the United States. Though they have set a precedent with the reopening of Universal CityWalk last week, the company is still working out many of the details about how their reopening will look on June 5th. Here’s what we know so far.
Going to the Theme Parks
According to the reopening plan that Universal submitted to the Florida government, the theme parks will implement a soft opening with limited guests on June 1st before moving to a public and official reopening on June 5th.
Unlike Shanghai Disneyland, guests will not be required to make a reservation to visit the theme parks. Still, the parks will be operating at limited capacity so Universal does note that the parks may reach capacity and additional guests will not be admitted.
The majority of attractions and experiences are set to be available when the park opens. Some experiences will not be available and some may be altered. More specific information will be released soon and we will be sure to update.
The rest of the Universal Resort health, safety, and hygiene measures will apply (below). We will keep an eye out for more specific information on the theme park operations.
Going to Volcano Bay
Universal’s water park, Volcano Bay, will be opening as well. To implement physical distancing, the water park will follow the same guidelines as the rest of the resorts plus a few more specific ones. Capacity will be limited on each attraction (rivers and pools included), one party will be allowed per raft for raft rides, and lounge chairs will be arranged so that parties may sit together with six feet between other guests.
Guests will be required to wear face masks during their time in Volcano Bay however they will not be permitted on the water slides or in the pools. Team members will be wearing face coverings as long as it is not required that they get in the water. Those who may need to enter the water (lifeguards, etc.) will wear balaclavas when not specifically on a slide or in a pool.
The general health measures at Universal are as follows:
- Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings.
- Guests and team members are required to undergo temperature checks. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter Universal CityWalk or the theme parks.
- Parking will be staggered within the parking garage to help create distance between travel groups.
- Park and attraction capacity will be limited and reduced in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay.
- There will be increased cleaning and disinfection of food locations, ride vehicles, and other frequent touchpoints.
- Physical distancing will be encouraged at all locations through the parks.
- Virtual Line will be available for select attractions.
- Cashless payments and “no-touch” policies will be available where possible.
With the exception of water rides, guests will be required to wear their face coverings while on the attractions. Hand sanitizer will also be required prior to boarding a ride vehicle and Universal team members will provide guests with sanitizer.
As we mentioned, Universal Orlando will be opening with a limited number of guests on June 1st to get ready for the public reopening a few days later.
At this time, Universal is still working through the details as to who those limited guests may be.
Universal Orlando Annual and Seasonal Passholders received an email today announcing the reopening with a “Welcome Home.” Special Passholder experiences will apparently be announced soon.
As a reminder, Universal is automatically extending all affected Annual and Seasonal passes by the number of days that the parks were closed.
As for the hotels, Universal is still working out the details. Guests with reservations will be contacted as soon as plans are made available.
For now, guests can modify or cancel bookings held for the closure period with no fee. During the period, cancelation fees are waived for hotel reservations canceled more than 24 hours in advance of arrival.
Universal has canceled all scheduled events including Grad Bash 2020 and Gradventure 2020.
On the subject of Halloween Horror Nights and the 2020 Holidays celebration, more details will be released at a later time. We will update you with any more events information.
We will update this post as more details are released about the opening of Universal Orlando Resort.
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