Florida Disney, Universal and SeaWorld Parks Will Reopen with Restrictions
Theme park giants Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld plan to reopen their Orlando locations with restrictions in June or early July, UPI reported.
Universal Orlando plans to reopen on June 3 or 4 with invited guests and season-pass holders. The public would be admitted on June 5. The local business task force and health officials approved this plan last Thursday, and it will be under Gov. Ron Desantis’s review.
Universal adopted limited reopening on May 14 at its admission-free CityWalks area and required all guests to wear masks and go through temperature checks.
“We're going to manage capacity, not only across the resort, but also in every attraction,” said John Sprouls, chief administrative officer for Universal Parks & Resorts.
Disney opted for similar reopening efforts, as it opened its admission-free retail and dining area, Disney Springs, with similar requirements. The four main Disney theme parks, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, remain closed.
While no formal reopening plan is announced, a SeaWorld executive told Vice President Mike Pence at a public forum that the aquatic theme park is expecting to reopen in mid-June if circumstances permit.
The theme parks have been closed for more than 11 weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before the pandemic, Orlando hosted up to 75 million visitors per year as one of the world’s biggest tourism destinations.
The California locations for the same theme parks haven’t released information about reopening dates.