Florida Theme Parks Getting Ready To Reopen With Anti-Coronavirus Measures

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2020

With travel still hard during the outbreak, it may be mostly locals who visit Universal in the short term, though will all theme parks having been closed for the last couple months, there might be a lot of people willing to go to great lengths just to have that experience again. Those include crowd metering to reduce the number of people inside the park, six-foot distancing signage and enforcement for all attraction and food queues, single-use paper menus in all park restaurants, and an emphasis on other forms of payment than cash - which still will be accepted, though not encouraged.

It appears theme parks will soon be welcoming guests in Florida.

With Full Phase 1, theme parks are allowed to submit their reopening plans to state officials.

But today, Universal submitted its reopening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. The task force also gave approval to reopening plans for 13 smaller attractions in the Orlando area.

This plan will now be evaluated by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who said Wednesday that he plans to make a recommendation to Gov. Ron DeSantis within 12 to 24 hours. Just yesterday, Walt Disney World opened its retail and dining area Disney Springs to the public but hasn't yet announced a proposed date for when they hope to reopen the park itself, making Universal Orlando the first major theme park to announce a target date for reopening amidst the global pandemic. "A lot of it has to do with guest behavior as much as it has to do with Disney operations", he said.

Disney Springs
Disney Springs

"But I heard from other stores in the state that it takes a couple of days for everyone to realize that we are open".

Universal is requiring all guests to wear a face covering during their visit.

Disney Springs also put in place similar safety guidelines to Universal's CityWalk. Sprouls says measures to ensure distancing will be in place at turnstiles. People from different groups will not be commingled in seating on rides.

Disney hasn't yet unveiled reopening plans for its parks in Orlando. Therefore, we should have much more information on when Disney anticipates that they will be reopening along with a much clearer expectation at what that will look like sometime next week.

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