John Sprouls announced at the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on May 21 that Universal Orlando plans to reopen on June 1 and June 2 to allow team members to come in and 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 some annual passholders to make sure it works. Universal Orlando hopes to open to the public on June 5.
At first, it was unclear how Universal Orlando would welcome their first round of guests to the theme park on June 5, but now we have a bit more insight. In fact, Universal Orlando will NOT be requiring guests to have a reservation in order to visit Universal Orlando beginning on June 5.
According to the Universal Orlando FAQ page:
Is a reservation required in order to visit the theme parks beginning June 5?
No, a reservation is not needed in order to visit the theme parks. Please note that since we’re limiting attendance, there may be times when the parks reach capacity and additional guests will not be admitted.
If you plan on visiting Universal Orlando once they officially reopen, here are some things they will be putting into place to keep everyone safe in compliance with the CDC Guidelines:
- A temperature check will be put into place upon arrival for both the team and guests before entry is allowed.
- 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 of.
- 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.
Will you be visiting Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments.