Orlando’s world-famous theme parks are reopening, and we have details on what to expect (Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort pictured).
It’s official: Orlando’s theme parks are reopening! Here’s what you can expect during your next visit to Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, including information about their modified operations and new safety and sanitization procedures designed to help protect you and your family, such as enhanced cleanliness, temperature checks, face-mask policies, social-distancing measures and more.
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Keep scrolling to see what’s happening at all of our theme parks, or click your favorite theme park operator’s name to view their info now:
This blog will be updated as details change, so check back often!
At Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® are open, as are Disney Springs® and select Disney hotels. Water parks are closed. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Park Hopper option will once again be available, inviting guests to visit more than one park per day with an eligible ticket, package or annual pass. (Some modifications will apply.)
Learn more: Disney Springs Now Open
Designed to promote cleanliness, physical distancing and reduced contact, new measures at Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks include:
Park Reservation System & Ticket Sales
Initially, park attendance will be managed through the new Disney Park Pass reservation system, which is available for guests with a Disney Resort hotel reservation and valid theme park admission (including Annual Passes) linked in My Disney Experience. To enter a park, both a reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date will be required. You can make a reservation here. Walt Disney World Resort is now accepting new ticket sales and hotel reservations through 2020 and beyond.
Upon reopening, Walt Disney World’s theme parks, hotels, restaurants and other offerings, including FastPass+ and dining reservations, may be modified, limited in capacity, and subject to availability or closure. Attractions, experiences (such as shows, parades and fireworks), services and amenities may have limited availability or may remain closed.
Robust Sanitation & Cleaning Measures
Walt Disney World’s enhanced measures include defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas (both indoors and outdoors), easy access to handwashing facilities and hand-sanitizer dispensers, and training for Cast Members with ongoing reinforcement, among other provisions.
Upon arrival at Disney Springs or Walt Disney World theme parks, you may undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers. Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry, either.
Face Coverings Required
All guests ages 3 and up and all Cast Members are required to wear face coverings at all times, except when eating or drinking or, if staying at a resort, swimming. (However, guests must stay stationary and socially distanced from other parties while eating or drinking.) Additionally, you can remove your face mask while visiting "Relaxation Zones" at select areas in Walt Disney World Resort's parks. Costume masks are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with Walt Disney World’s existing rules. Additionally, neck gaiters and masks with valves, mesh or other openings are not permitted.
Physical Distancing & Limited Contact
Some temporary adjustments are in place, including directional signage and ground markings to help guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing, and the addition of physical barriers in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. Walt Disney World also recommends the use of cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Disney Gift Cards.
Use of Helpful Technology Recommended
Walt Disney World Resort’s My Disney Experience app offers mobile order service for dining, scannable codes for select restaurant menus, and online check-in at Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
For more information about Walt Disney World Resort’s reopening, click here.
Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are open, as are Universal CityWalk and select Universal Orlando Resort hotels. As of November 2, 2020, Universal’s Volcano Bay is closed for the winter season with a current planned reopening timeframe of on or before March 1, 2021.
Learn more: Universal CityWalk Now Open
Universal Orlando’s carefully managed reopening includes new health, safety and hygiene procedures, including a requirement for guests and Team Members to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the recommendations of health officials and Universal Orlando’s policies. These new measures include:
Guest capacity at Universal Orlando’s theme parks is currently reduced, as is the availability of onsite parking. Self-parking is free. Valet parking is unavailable at this time.
All guests and Team Members are asked to wash their hands often. Furthermore, guests will be required to use hand sanitizer at select locations. Universal Orlando has also increased their already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures and is frequently cleaning all high-touch surfaces.
Temperature Check Required
Temperature checks will be required upon arrival, and guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted. All Team Members will also undergo temperature checks.
Face Covering Required
Everyone is required to wear a face covering during their visit, except while dining, including guests and Team Members. Additional exceptions include attractions that include signiﬁcant amounts of water as part of the experience, as well as slides and pools at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet between your travel party and others.
Follow Floor Markings & Team Member Directions
When present, please stand on the floor markings until the group in front of you moves forward. Guests are also asked to follow all directions from Team Members.
For more information about Universal Orlando Resort’s reopening, click here.
SeaWorld Orlando’s theme park, Aquatica® Orlando and Discovery Cove® are open with reduced capacity and new safety measures. Additionally, Discovery Cove is closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, with some exceptions. SeaWorld's new protocols include:
To manage capacity, guests with tickets, Fun Cards or Annual Passes must make a reservation prior to visiting SeaWorld’s parks. You’ll need to bring your reservation eticket and your original ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass to the front gate to gain entry. SeaWorld’s reservation system will open on June 8.
Cleaning & Sanitation
To protect the health and safety of guests and employees, SeaWorld will significantly increase both the frequency of cleaning for all key areas of the parks, including employee spaces, and the number of hand sanitization stations across each park, especially in high-contact areas. Self-service buffets have also been reconfigured to reduce the number of high-frequency touch points, and cutlery and condiments will be provided to guests with their meal, or on request, rather than left in open areas.
When guests and employees arrive on-property, they must undergo and pass temperature screening using the CDC temperature recommendation of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Employees and guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear face coverings when experiencing SeaWorld’s parks. Guests are encouraged to bring their own face coverings if possible.
To promote proper physical distancing throughout the parks, SeaWorld will install signage and markings throughout guest areas (including on the ground) to identify appropriate, 6-foot physical distancing. Lounge chair seating will be modified to maintain physical distancing, and plexi-glass will be installed in high-traffic or close-contact areas to maintain a physical barrier. SeaWorld will also encourage contactless payments.
Employee Sick Policy & Training
SeaWorld will require employees to stay home if they are feeling sick, and to follow the most current CDC guidance for self-isolation and symptom-free periods before returning to work. SeaWorld employees will also receive COVID-19-specific training to cover all new enhanced park operating procedures, including the most current guidance from the CDC and other health advisors.
For more information about SeaWorld Orlando’s reopening, click here.
LEGOLAND Florida’s theme park and water park have reopened with adjusted hours, and their onsite hotels are also open. With the health and safety of guests and Model Citizens being paramount, LEGOLAND’s enhanced health and safety measures include:
LEGOLAND guest capacity is capped at 50% of normal levels. There will also be limited capacity for indoor stores, restaurants, Guest Services buildings, etc. Additionally, guests will be asked to leave a space on either side of their vehicle when parking.
Enhanced Cleaning Measures
LEGOLAND has introduced enhanced cleaning measures that seek to disinfect high-frequency touch points, such as tables and chairs, service counters, LEGO® Bricks, ride restraints, door handles, and more. They have also introduced a large number of hygiene stations and hand sanitizer dispensers for guests to use, with locations included in LEGOLAND’s mobile app.
Additionally, self-service buffets have been reconfigured to reduce the number of high-frequency touch points, and cutlery and condiments will now be provided to guests with their meal, or on request, rather than left in open areas.
Non-invasive temperature checks are required for all guests (including children) and Model Citizens before entering the park. Families or parties that include persons with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will not be admitted, and restrictions related to recent travel and other factors will also apply. Additionally, height checks for LEGOLAND’s rides and attractions will be conducted at the front gate, and children will receive a wristband to indicate which rides they are eligible to enjoy.
Starting July 14, LEGOLAND requires guests ages 8 and up to bring and wear masks for everyone's safety. They also have disposable masks available for on-site pick-up. For the water park, masks are only required for use when they are dry. Face coverings should not be placed on children under 2 years of age, people who have trouble breathing, and anyone who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
LEGOLAND has also introduced new personal protective equipment requirements for Model Citizens that include face masks, disposable gloves, hygiene guidelines, training and more.
LEGOLAND has introduced new measures to encourage and maintain social distancing within attraction queues and other areas. Clear markers have been installed to help guests keep 6 feet of distance between groups. Model Citizens will also monitor the queues to ensure that social distancing is being maintained.
Furthermore, LEGOLAND’s ride vehicles now include empty rows and/or seats between guests. They’ve also introduced new arrangements to maintain social distancing in dining areas and outdoor seating areas. Certain areas, including water fountains, restaurants, stores and attractions, may be temporarily suspended during your visit to help maintain social distancing.
Finally, new hygiene screens have been installed at many service counters to help physically separate guests from Model Citizens.
New information signage throughout LEGOLAND includes key safety messages and instructions.
LEGOLAND Florida will no longer accept cash, so prepared to make on-site payments using a credit or debit card.
For more information about LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s reopening, click here.
Please note: Any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and there is no guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. Additionally, Orange County requires the use of face masks in public places, with some exceptions. Social distancing is also strongly encouraged per CDC recommendations. Some images on the website do not reflect current versions of the experiences or updated operational or safety guidelines.
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