Universal Orlando Resort has presented its reopening plans before the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force group, and is the first to do so ahead of Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
Universal Orlando Resort plans to reopen its theme parks on June 5 to the public, with soft reopenings for Team Members starting on June 1.
From June 3-4, only invited guests (such as Annual Passholders) will be granted access.
Universal Orlando plans to reopen just in time for its 30th Anniversary on June 7.
Universal will provide one free disposable face covering to guests who did not bring their own. As we saw at the CityWalk reopening, face masks will also be available for sale. Play areas will remain closed, and 3D glasses will be handed out individually. There will also be a reduction and/or elimination of water and mist elements throughout the parks.
At dining locations, menus will be converted to single-use with individually packaged condiments and pre-wrapped silverware. No buffets or self-serve options in restaurants will be available. Mobile Food Ordering will be enabled for direct-to-table seating and food delivery. Contactless payments will be encouraged through the use of Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and the Virtual Wallet in the Universal Orlando app.
Volcano Bay will be moving forward with the reopening now that the CDC has stated that well-maintained pools using chlorine and bromine are known to inactivate the COVID-19 virus.
Ride vehicles, rafts, and life vest will be continuously cleaned. The number of tubes in the lazy river and life vests will be reduced. For rafts, the number of guests will be reduced to the size of the party, with no grouping of unfamiliar parties. Lounge chairs will be placed in clusters to support travel party seating, with each cluster separated 6-feet apart.
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