Universal Studios Orlando is the first of the major theme parks to announce a date that it will be reopening. A Universal Orlando executive said “This would be a gradual reopening.” WESH-TV in Orlando writes that “Universal would like to start the reopening process on June 1. Only team members would be allowed into parks on June 1 and June 2.” Then on June 3 and 4th there “would be open for limited availability to some passholders.” Then the plan is to have the park reopen to the public on June 5th with limited capacity (though the capacity limit wasn’t announced).
There will no doubt be questions and controversy over whether it’s too early to reopen, but here are some of the changes being made.
- No valet parking
- Cars parked one or two spaces apart
- Visitors and employees must wear face coverings
- Visitors and employees will receive temperature checks
- No one above 100.4 degrees will be allowed in
- Park capacity will be limited (the limit was not announced)
- Play areas will be closed
- Virtual lines managed through an app
- Lines will be spaced out
- No single rider lines
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout the park
Today the plan was unanimously approved by The Orange County reopening task force. Now it needs approval from the mayor of Orange and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
No other major theme park have announced plans to reopen yet.