Universal Orlando Is Operating at 25%, Says Comcast CEO

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Following the shutdown of Universal Orlando resort, many fans have been wondering what capacity the theme parks were operating at. The parks have had to majorly slice down capacity, as well as take a huge tourism hit affecting their attendance numbers.

Although Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay have been seen to have huge crowds, it seem’s they are only running at 25%.

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Universal Studios Orlando CityWalk / Credit: visitorlando.com

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts spoke with the Orlando Sentential to discuss their theme park operations. He disclosed that the open parks in both Orlando and Japan are having a tough go when it comes to revenue as they are both hovering at 25% capacity.

“At the right time, we can invest in theme parks — but not now,” Roberts said, discussing one of Comcast’s hardest-hit areas during the pandemic. “We’ve slowed down some investments in theme parks, but I hope they’ll come back and want them to come back.”

Roberts goes on to discuss that the newest addition to Universal Orlando, Epic Universe, has had to be put on hold.

“All things considered, it’s a big capital swing, so better to really march forward with that when we have just a bit more visibility on what’s going on with the economy post-COVID,” Comcast Chief Financial Officer Mike Cavanagh said in May. “I can’t tell you when that’s going to be when we revisit it.”

Epic Universe
Credit: Universal

We have been excited to see progress on the new Jurassic Park coaster at Islands of Adventure, and seeing Halloween Horror Nights come back from the dead with 2 houses being showcased, but it sounds like the wow factor will have to stop there. If I was betting on it, I say the Jurassic Park coaster may not open until things are back to normal so that Universal can bring tourism in with a brand new attraction.

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Robert’s did go on to say “I’m optimistic for the long term,” when asked if the theme parks will recover. How far is long term? Only time will tell.

How long do you think until theme parks are back to normal? Let us know! 


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