From Disney to SeaWorld, Orlando Theme Parks Are Reopening Soon

Chewy, we've missed you! Photo by Matt Stroshane courtesy of Walt Disney World
Chewy, we've missed you! Photo by Matt Stroshane courtesy of Walt Disney World

After being closed since mid-March, Central Florida theme parks are getting ready to reopen in the weeks and months ahead, making family summer vacation plans even better. In line with the Plan for Florida's Recovery, all theme parks have outlined their reopening plans for local and state approval.  So that guests can better plan their visits, we’ve highlighted the enhanced safety measures and important updates for each park below. Read on for details and be sure to check out what's currently open in Orlando and around Central Florida.

Reopening Information for Walt Disney World

Reopening Dates: July 11, 2020 (Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom) and July 15, 2020 (Hollywood Studios & Epcot)

Disney is reopening in phases, with a start date of Saturday, July 11, for its Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom parks and Wednesday, July 15, for Hollywood Studios & Epcot.  The park plans to implement several new safety measures, including the following:

  • All parks will operate at reduced capacity and guests will be required to make a reservation for park entry prior to their visit.  Existing ticket holders and annual passholders will be able to make reservations before new tickets are sold.
  • All cast members and guests (3 years of age and older) must wear face coverings.  Temperature screenings will also take place before entering the parks.
  • Parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds are temporarily suspended.
  • “High touch” experiences such as character meet and greets and play areas will remain unavailable.
  • Cashless payment methods will be encouraged.


Universal Orlando's Reopening Info

Reopening Date: June 5, 2020

Universal Orlando welcomes guests to all three parks (Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay) beginning on Friday, June 5. Hours for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure will be 9am-6pm daily, and 10am-5pm daily for Volcano Bay.  CityWalk is open from 8am-10pm daily.  The following safety guidelines have been implemented:

  • All team members and guests are required to wear face covering and temperature checks will be required on arrival.  Guests with temperatures at or above 100.4 degrees will not be allowed admission.
  • Floor markings will be in place to promote social distancing.
  • Capacity will be limited throughout attractions, restaurants and retail areas.
  • Guests are encouraged to download the official Universal Orlando Resort app to go contact-free.  App features includes ordering meals with mobile express pick up, virtual line return time, and contactless ticket scan at the turnstile.

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SeaWorld Orlando's Reopening Plan

Reopening Date: June 11, 2020

SeaWorld Orlando is reopening its three Orlando Parks (SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica) on Thursday, June 11.  The new park safety enhancements include:

  • Required face coverings for all employees and guests ages 2 and up. 
  • Floor markings will be installed at key areas throughout the park to promote physical distancing.
  • Employees and guests will have their temperature screened prior to entering the parks.
  • The single rider lines at attractions will be eliminated.
  • Contactless payment systems will be implemented.

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Welcome back! Photo by Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida

Reopening Information for LEGOLAND Florida

Reopening Date: June 1, 2020

LEGOLAND Florida will be the first theme park in the area to reopen, welcoming guests on Monday, June 1.  Operating hours for the main park will be 10am-5pm, and the Water Park hours will be 12pm-4pm.  Some ways that Legoland is making it safer to visit include:

  • Masks are recommended but not required.  For the water park, masks are only recommended for use when they can be kept dry.
  • Non-invasive temperature screenings will be required for all guests before entering the park.  Anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted (including their accompanying family or party).
  • Height checks for rides will be conducted at the front gate and kids will receive a wristband indicating which rides they are eligible to experience.
  • Some locations within the park may be temporarily closed to maintain social distancing.
  • Only cashless payments accepted.
  • When parking, guests must leave a space on either side of their car.
  • Markers have been installed to keep 6 feet distance between groups.
  • Empty rows and seats will be left on rides to create a safe space within attractions.

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Reopening Info for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Reopening Date: TBD

While Busch Gardens has yet to release a reopening date, we do know some of the safety protocols that are detailed in their reopening plans (which have been approved by Hillsborough County officials). 

  • Required face coverings for all employees and guests ages 2 and up, as well as required temperature checks.
  • Signage and ground markers in place throughout the park.
  • Single rider lines removed from attractions, and seating modified on rides.
  • Parades and meet and greets will either be scaled back or temporarily suspended.  Open play areas will be temporarily closed.

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Reopening Plans and Info for Other Orlando Area Theme Park

Fun Spot: Both the Orlando and Kissimmee locations are NOW OPEN

Safety measures in place at Fun Spot include:

  • Temperature checks are required for team members prior to each shift.
  • Food & Beverage and cash-handling team members are required to wear masks and gloves.
  • Masks are RECOMMENDED at the Orlando park and REQUIRED at the Kissimmee Park.
  • Signage and markers are in place to promote social distancing.


Gatorland: NOW OPEN

Safety measures in place at Gatorland include:

  • Reduced capacity at the park, as well as at attractions and shows throughout the park.
  • Employees are required to undergo a temperature check and wear face masks at all times in the park.  Guests are encouraged to wear face masks.
  • More than 50 additional hand washing and sanitizing stations have been added.
  • The Jumparoo Show and Gator Gully splash pad area will be closed during phases 1 and 2.
  • A costumed “Social Distancing Skunk Ape” will be making appearances throughout the park to remind guests to keep a safe 6 foot distance and promote proper handwashing.

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