Dreams really do come true! In early June, Universal Studios | Orlando reopened their magic and now Disney and other Orlando attractions have reopened, with new safety and health precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
LEGOLAND Florida, SeaWorld | Orlando, Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disney's | Animal Kingdom, Disney's | Epcot and Disney's | Hollywood Studios are now all open for business. All of these Orlando attractions are now open, all under coronavirus precautions, with most of the theme parks operating at 50 percent capacity.
“We’re going to ramp up very slowly,” said John Sprouls, chief administrative officer for Universal Studios, when asked by an economic recovery task force.
According to The Walt Disney website, health experts and government officials have encouraged them to promote psychical distancing with the reopening of the parks, hotels, restaurants, and all the other magical experiences that Disney Orlando has to offer.
“Doing this the right way will take all of us — and we need everyone’s help,” said Sprouls.
Whether you are coming to visit one of the parks or experience a stay at a Walt Disney Hotel or resort, the company said that their guests will be inviting back in a thoughtful way.
“We have worked hard to make sure our guests can enjoy their time with family and friends,” said Tom Williams, CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts. “doing this the right way will take care of all of us – we need everyone’s help.”
New Health & Safety Precautions
Visitors to Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando will encounter the following changes:
· Temperature checks on arrival
· Requirement for face masks
· Social distancing markers
· Groups will be kept separate
· Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting
· Hand sanitizer stations
· Contactless payment
· Reduced capacity
What’s else is new?
Florida’s theme parks featured many attractions in 2019; Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney World, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando, Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, and Lego Movie World at Legoland Florida last year.
There is plenty to be excited about as several new attractions opened this spring, and there’s more to come for Summer 2020 at the Orlando theme parks. SeaWorld Orlando debuted a new coaster in the spring called Ice Breaker. The ride features four launches as it takes riders backward and forwards and down a 93-foot-tall beyond-vertical 100-degree spike. Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a completely dark ride that is and trackless and takes visitors on a crazy adventure inside the world of the Mikey Mouse Cartoon. At Epcot, a Ratatouille-inspired ride will debut this summer at Epcot’s France pavilion. This ride is called Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and will be nothing short of an adventure as it is said to be filled will special effects, 3D projects, and larger-than-life set pieces. Riders will even get to “shrink down" to the size of a rat and venture through scenes.
Cover photo courtesy of Universal Studios Facebook page