Last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that theme parks including those at both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando can now “return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols”. This essentially means that everything from parades and fireworks to character meet and greets and opening the parks up to full capacity could happen.
We reported last week that the Walt Disney Company had no plans to alter the course of action they had taken with their parks and it would seem that the officials at Universal Orlando are in agreement with Disney on this one. Here’s a written statement from the team:
We will review the Governor’s executive order and continue to work closely with local health officials. In the meantime, we will continue to follow our enhanced health and safety protocols and keep the health and safety of our guests and team members our top priority.
It isn’t particularly surprising to see Universal Orlando and the Walt Disney World Resort aligned on this one. They want to make sure that guests continue to feel safe while experiencing their theme parks and stop any potential issues with the spread of the virus.
So is Universal making any changes?
Universal Orlando has been running a very successful mini Halloween Horror Nights during the day for a few days now after positive reactions to a test weekend a couple of weeks ago. There may have been some hope from the community that this new phase would allow Universal to unleash the full HHN experience but this isn’t going to happen.
While they still have not released an official statement on the matter, Universal appears to be sticking with the current plans for the parks at the minute and anything else said on the matter is purely just a rumor. We’d advise sticking with the official accounts and checking back here for official announcements on the future of guest capacity at the parks and any word on when things begin returning to ‘normal’.
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