Universal Orlando CityWalk to Close Early Due to County Curfew

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Universal CityWalk

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Universal Orlando’s CityWalk will begin following in the footsteps of Disney Springs by closing at 8:00 p.m. beginning today on account of Orange County’s indefinite 10:00 p.m. curfew.

The countywide curfew comes from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings following recent protests in Orlando due to the killing of George Floyd.

Universal CityWalk Hours
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The new operating hours were confirmed via the official Universal Orlando website, where it states the new operating hours begin today, May 31.

Until this curfew changes, it seems Universal CityWalk will no longer be allowing incoming guests as of 7 p.m. daily.

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk was already under limited operating hours following the entertainment center’s recent reopening amid the current pandemic with a closing time of 10:00 p.m. Prior to Universal Orlando’s temporary closure, CityWalk typically would remain open until well after midnight.

This news comes on the heels of Disney Springs’ announcement of earlier closing times following the county curfew with the entertainment shopping center closing at 7:00 p.m., beginning today.

Universal CityWalk
Credit: Inside The Magic

At this time, the countywide curfew is in effect “until further notice.” It’s safe to say both Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk will be abiding by these new hours until the end of this new order.

Universal Orlando theme parks are set to officially reopen to the public beginning next week on June 5. Although, beginning tomorrow, June 1, the theme park resort plans to allow team members to come in to get whatever learnings they can before opening to the public.

Then, beginning on June 3 and June 4, Universal Orlando plans to begin welcoming some invited guests and annual passholders to test these new precautions prior to their official opening to the public later in the week.

Universal Orlando
Credit: Universal Orlando/Inside The Magic

Upon reopening, both Universal theme parks plan to abide by the following social distancing measures:

  • They will provide a free, disposable mask for guests if they do not bring their own
  • Social distancing in queue lines, merchandise stores, food outlets, and more
  • Keeping a safe attendance maximum that Universal will manage
  • Reduce and/or eliminate mist elements from attractions
  • Implementation of virtual lines
  • Eliminating single rider lines
  • Elimination of post show meet and greets
  • Restaurant menus will have single use menus (paper). Once the guest is done with the menu, they will be disposed
  • Touchless ordering of food and contactless payments will be encouraged. (Minimization of cash use)
  • Temperature checks and face coverings required for team members
  • Ambassadors scattered throughout the park to help encourage sanitization, hand washing, and social distancing measures

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