In preparation for its grand reopening to the general public, Universal Orlando has today opened its doors to Annual Passholders in order to test its new health and safety measures.
An Inside the Magic reporter was lucky enough to be there on the ground and snapped the following pictures to show what the ‘new normal’ looks like inside the resort. All three parks have been opened and will be free to explore to the public on June 5th.
More pictures will be shared as we receive them.
What Universal Orlando Looks Like On Day One
Universal Orlando has had to implement some pretty serious measures to meet CDC guidelines for health and safety. Social distancing, hand sanitizer, and temperature checks are all required, as well as the controversial and mandatory use of face masks.
To begin in the parking garage, cars have equally been required to keep a safe distance so that emerging guests don’t accidentally come in to contact with one another.
When approaching the theme park entrance, social distancing markings, contact free measures including a virtual queuing system and mobile food and drink orders have been implemented to keep human contact to an absolute minimum.
As expected, social distancing measures have been put in place to ensure that people are not standing close to one another.
Wearing a mask is compulsory when visiting Universal Orlando Resort, except for at resort hotel pools. They are also only recommended at Volcano Bay.
Universal Orlando’s new health and safety measures
As per the CDC guidelines, parks, hotels, and restaurants at Universal Resort Orlando must follow strict health and safety measures. They’ve even included a video explaining everything, which you can view below. The following is taken directly from the Universal Orlando website:
In accordance with CDC guidelines we have enhanced sanitation procedures and implemented additional measures for distance spacing and screening.
We ask that all guests and Team Members continue to comply with the following:
Face covering required
Everyone is required to wear a face covering during their visit.
Temperature check required
Temperature checks will be required upon arrival, and guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.
Wash hands often
Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
Practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) between your travel party and others.
When present, please stand on the floor markings until the group in front of you moves forward.
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Use hand sanitizer when required
At select locations including prior to boarding ride vehicles, guests will be required to use hand sanitizer.
Follow Team Member direction
Please follow directions from our team members and have patience as we work through these new operational procedures.
Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.
We appreciate your cooperation during this unprecedented time. Visit the CDC website for the latest guidelines.
What do you think about these images from the reopened Universal Orlando? Will you be returning to the park on June 5th? Let us know in the comments below.