Today, one hurdle in the reopening of theme parks in Florida was cleared by the Universal Orlando Resort. It received approval from the Florida Economic Recovery Task Force, Orange County Mayor, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Following the approval, Universal Orlando Resort made the official announcement that it will be reopening via social media.
We're getting ready to re-open!
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) May 22, 2020
The official reopening for all guests will begin on June 5. The following statement could be found on Universal Orlando Resort’s website:
Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will welcome guests beginning June 5.This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. So, as we enjoy our parks together again, everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies. Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.
Important Information For Your Visit
In accordance with CDC guidelines we have enhanced sanitation procedures and implemented additional measures for distance spacing and screening.
Therefore we ask that all guests and Team Members comply with following:
Face covering required
Everyone is required to wear a face covering during their visit.
Temperature check required
Temperature checks will be required upon arrival, and guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.
Wash hands often
Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
Practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) between your travel party and others.
When present, please stand on the floor markings until the group in front of you moves forward.
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Use hand sanitizer when required
At select locations including prior to boarding ride vehicles, guests will be required to use hand sanitizer.
Follow Team Member direction
Please follow directions from our team members and have patience as we work through these new operational procedures.
Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.We appreciate your cooperation during this unprecedented time. Visit the CDC website for the latest guidelines.Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.Visit our FAQ page for more information.
What other safety measures are in place?
We continue to work closely with local health officials and our own health and safety experts and reference CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our Team Members and guests during this limited opening of Universal Orlando Resort.
- Limiting capacity and following social distancing guidelines throughout all attractions, restaurants and shops throughout the destination
- Increasing our already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures, and frequently cleaning all high-touch surfaces
- All team members will undergo temperature checks and wear face coverings
- All team members will participate in extensive training on our new procedures
The Universal Orlando Resort also encourages guests to utilize its app to help stay contact-free. On the app guests can:
- Order meals with Mobile Express Pick Up
- Virtual Lines
- Purchase tickets that can also be scanned at entrance gates
- Set up TapTu pay at Volcano Bay
Along with offering guidelines for safety, Universal has also released its operating hours as well. They begin on June 5th.
Universal Studios Florida:
- 9am-6pm Daily
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- 9am-6pm Daily
Universal’s Volcano Bay
- 10am-5pm Daily
Universal CityWalk Orlando
- 8am – 10pm Daily
While Universal Orlando Resort now has an opening plan, Disney has released a statement basically saying that it isn’t making any announcements regarding them park openings at this time. DAPS MAGIC will continue to follow these stories and post updates as they become available. What do you think about the reopening of Universal Orlando Resort?