Today the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting met. This is the local government body that will evaluate reopening from Central Florida theme parks.
Universal Orlando has been working with the Florida governor, the Orange County mayor, and local physicians to make plans for reopening.
Universal presented their reopening plan to the Task Force today, and sent an official letter to the mayor today requesting a phased reopening starting on June 1, 2020.
- June 1 – 2: A test with Universal employees
- June 3 – 4: A limited number of invited guests and pass holders
- June 5: Open to the general public with limited capacity
Universal will focus on screening, sanitation, and spacing standards, as well as expanding touchless interactions.
Universal will require that guests wear masks, and if they don’t have one, they will provide one.
Universal will discontinue valet parking and close children’s play areas. They will eliminate or reduce water misting elements as well as single rider lines.
They will also manage capacity in attractions, restaurants, stores, and lines, and will limit capacity.
All restaurants will use disposable paper menus and will offer mobile food ordering. They will continue to accept cash, but will try to minimize it.
The Task Force formally voted to accept the plan, and there were no dissenting votes.
City Walk Reopening Went Well
The Universal representative stated that their reopening of City Walk, their equivalent of Disney Springs, has gone well. Temperature screenings haven’t caused issues and guests were wearing masks as requested.
No Announcement By Disney Yet
At the time of publishing this article, Disney World has not yet announced a reopening date.
Universal opens June 5. Will Disney follow?