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Universal Orlando Plan for Parks: Proposed June 5, 2020 Reopening

Universal Orlando Resort closed March 16, 2020, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Universal initially expected to reopen in mid-April but now expects to remain “closed through at least May 31, 2020.”

Today, Universal Orlando Resort presented a phased reopening plan to Orange County. Universal Orlando will start training Team Members this weekend for reopening. The current proposal brought to Orange County today was for Team Member-only preview to be held on June 1 – 2, invitation-only testing on June 3 – 4, and a reopening of the parks to the public on June 5.

The following precautions and policies will be implemented:

  • Increased signage inside the parks
  • Guest temperature testing using hand-held thermometers
  • Valet parking will not be available
  • Mandatory mask usage for all guests and staff
  • New Team Member position that answers guest questions about new policies and to sanitize park
  • Increased Team Member breaks to wash and sanitize
  • Hand sanitizer stations for guests throughout the park
  • Reduced capacity in the parks and on attractions
  • Virtual Queuing for a majority of attractions
  • Elimination of the Single Rider line
  • Hand out 3D glasses to individuals
  • Removal of water effects on attractions
  • Social distancing markers in queues
  • Mobile Ordering of food and contactless payments
  • Temporary menus offered at sit-down restaurants
  • Characters to meet and greet guests from a distance
  • Interactive play areas will be closed

The plan was passed unanimously by the board but at this time Universal Orlando has not publicly confirmed they will reopen on June 5. We expect all Universal Orlando Resort parks, including Volcano Bay, to reopen.

CityWalk Cinemark movie theater, Blue Man Group Orlando show, and Universal Orlando hotels remain closed until further notice. Follow TouringPlans Blog and TouringPlans on Twitter for the latest reopening information for the Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

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