For the first time in months, theme parks are preparing to reopen to visitors. Here’s a list of what to expect at the theme parks in Florida.
Walt Disney World
Disney World in Orlando plan to reopen beginning July 11. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are expected to open on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Disney Springs began its phased reopening on May 20.
Expect changes and enhanced safety protocols, including requiring guests to have their temperature taken upon arrival, mandatory facial coverings, using the parks’ existing digital “magic” wristbands to facilitate mobile food orders, and cashless payments. There will also be more plexiglass barriers. There will be a soft opening with reservation required preview days and “reducing capacity on attractions, in restaurants and in retail stores, as well as on methods of transportation.” No events like parades, fireworks, or character meet-and-greets where crowds could gather. Get all the info here.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay will officially reopen on June 5. Precautionary measures will be in place, including additional screenings, increased sanitation, social distancing measures, temperature checks at all main entrances, contactless purchases for food, and mandatory facial coverings.
CityWalk, has been open at a limited capacity since May 14.
SeaWorld Orlando plan to reopen to the public on June 11, and host an employee appreciation night on June 10. Masks will be mandatory for guests, temperature screenings, and capacity limits for the pools and rivers along with enhanced sanitization are some of the precautions you can expect.
Busch Gardens is scheduled for a June 11 opening. Expect additional screenings, increased sanitation, social distancing measures, temperature checks at all main entrances, contactless purchases for food, and mandatory facial coverings.
Legolard reopened June 1. According to their website, they are operating at reduced capacity and with adjusted hours. Additionally, they have implemented “cashless payments, social distancing practices, and enhanced cleaning regimes.” Certain areas of the park, such as water fountains, restaurants, stores or attractions in the theme park and water park, may be temporarily unavailable to help keep guests safe. Expect temperature checks, strong encouragement to wear face masks, however those under 2 years old, who suffer from breathing difficulties, or cannot take the mask off without assistance are not required to wear them.