Universal is still in the process of a phased reopening of its Orlando resort as it continues to grapple with the effects of the ongoing pandemic.
Not all Universal Resort Hotels have reopened, and now we see that some may be closed again after they reopen for the holiday season. Some resorts will be closed until JUNE of next year!
A report from The Orlando Informer on Twitter provides various dates in January that some resort hotels are moving or canceling reservations.
Universal is moving or cancelling guest reservations for the following hotels and date ranges: • Sapphire Falls: January 1st – February 8th, 2021 • Aventura: January 1st – June 30th, 2021 • Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites: January 4th – March 30th, 2021
Universal is moving or cancelling guest reservations for the following hotels and date ranges:
• Sapphire Falls: January 1st – February 8th, 2021
• Aventura: January 1st – June 30th, 2021
• Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites: January 4th – March 30th, 2021 pic.twitter.com/pHXMo78Ylp
— Orlando Informer (@OrlandoInformer) November 17, 2020
This is unfortunate as it is not a good sign of recovery for the resort.
Universal has two brand new “value” resorts: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Dockside Inn & Suites and Surfside Inn & Suites. Currently, only Surfside is open. However, Universal recently announced that Dockside would be opening December 15th.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites opens Dec. 15
Who's ready to unwind, let loose, and soak in all the coastal vibes????♀️https://t.co/5GI2o1bTcC
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) November 13, 2020
Unfortunately, according to the Orlando Informer report, that means that after the holiday rush, Universal’s Endless Summer will be going back to a one hotel tower operation.
Universal hotels have had to downsize, and not all of them are currently open to guests. They have had to layoff thousands of workers as a result.
As Universal Orlando is making a big push to attract more guests to the Resort for the holidays, this gives us an indication that demand after the holidays may be less than ideal. With plenty of discounts on tickets for Florida residents, the opening of a brand new Christmas Tribute Store, and more, Universal has proven they will do whatever it takes to regain losses they have sustained due to the pandemic.
Additionally, for the first time, Universal is closing their water theme park, Volcano Bay for the winter, due in large part to the dip in demand again from the pandemic.
We hope that Universal will continue to reopen more and more of their hotels, and hopefully be able to bring back some of those workers.
Was your hotel reservation effected by these new closures? Let us know in the comments!