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Auburn Fan
Oneonta, Alabama
Member since Oct 2013
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Universal Orlando proposes a June 5 public reopening


Universal Orlando has proposed a plan that would allow it to reopen to the public on June 5.

The Orange County reopening task force unanimously approved the plan, but it must also be approved by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.


“This would be a gradual reopening,” Universal Orlando executive John Sprouls said.

Sprouls said Universal would like to start the reopening process on June 1. Only team members would be allowed into parks on June 1 and June 2.

On June 3 and June 4 Sprouls said Universal would be open for limited availability to some passholders. When the park does reopen to the public, capacity will be limited.

Universal is the first of Orlando’s major theme parks to announce a target date for a reopening since it closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Visitors will have their temperature checked upon arrival, and if it’s 100.4 degrees or higher, they won’t be allowed to enter. Visitors also will have to wear face masks which they can purchase. The park will limit the capacity to ensure social distancing. They also will have cashless payment options and staggered parking.

Universal said it will close interactive play areas, eliminate water and mist elements on attractions, close valet operations, and eliminate single rider lines.

Workers also will have their temperatures checked and will have to wear face masks. All chairs and tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each seating, and high-touch areas also will be frequently cleaned.

The reopening would be an expansion on the limited reopening of Universal’s CityWalk entertainment district, which reopened last week.

You can read the  full reopening plan here.
It is unclear when Disney and SeaWorld will present their reopening plans to the task force.

Pittsburgh Fan
Member since Sep 2004
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re: Universal Orlando proposes a June 5 public reopening
So no water rides?

Auburn Fan
Oneonta, Alabama
Member since Oct 2013
802 posts

re: Universal Orlando proposes a June 5 public reopening
I have a few theories:

1. Rides with water/ water elements will be closed during the initial reopening, but will reopen during a later phase.

2. Water rides will be closed and rides with water elements will be open, but without the water elements, but the water elements will be added back later on.

I don't think that they'll completely remove the elements forever, because you can't have the water rides open and eliminate the water elements on rides/shows like shrek 4D, spider-man, Poseidon's fury, etc.

It wouldn't make any sense to have the water rides/volcano bay open, but completely eliminate the water elements on rides/shows. JMO. I think #2 is more likely because they also said they're going to suspend valet operations, interactive play areas, and single rider lines.

You know they're not going to completely get rid of single rider lines, play areas, and valet parking. So I assume that when they bring back single rider lines, play areas, and valet parking they'll bring back the water rides/elements at the same time.

I think I was reading that phase 3 was going to be the phase where everything was pretty much back to normal. So water rides and rides with those elements will probably remain closed until phase 3.

Again just my opinion nothing official

This post was edited on 5/21 at 9:53 pm

Geismar, LA
Member since Jan 2010
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re: Universal Orlando proposes a June 5 public reopening
I wonder to what extent they're going to enforce these line waiting rules. Because I'd imagine that a large majority of people are gonna say "frick it" and just wait in line like normal.

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