Summer time is here and families are ready to get out an explore. Orlando is now welcoming visitors with new expanded safety measures. Many attractions, hotels and restaurants are now open, with more added daily, and all major theme parks have now scheduled reopening dates in the coming weeks. The reopened businesses include enhanced safety procedures that ensure existing guidelines from CDC and health officials are followed, as well as many additional measures and formal programs from the industry’s most trusted brands.
“Our theme parks, attractions, restaurants, hotels and shopping centers have worked tirelessly for months to create comprehensive reopening plans, with even more safety measures, to welcome visitors back to Orlando,” said George Aguel, President & CEO of Visit Orlando. “Consumers know and historically trust how Orlando takes safety seriously, and many of our attractions and parks do this in a manner that is not only thorough, but also fun, such as social distancing reminders from Stormtroopers at Disney Springs, or a giant Skunk Ape character who roams around Gatorland.”
THEME PARK REOPENINGS – Orlando’s world-famous theme parks begin welcoming visitors in reduced capacity while ensuring safety is at the forefront, starting with Universal.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal CityWalk is currently open with limited operation.
Select Universal hotels reopened June 2
Theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay reopened June 5.
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney Springs is currently open with a variety of shopping and dining locations.
Theme parks: Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens July 11; EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens July 15
Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World reopens to members and guests and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground begins June 22
SeaWorld Parks – SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica Orlando reopened June 11.
LEGOLAND Florida – reopened June 1, allowing 50 percent capacity.
ATTRACTION REOPENINGS – Many of the region’s independent attractions are open with reduced capacity and enhanced safety measures. For a complete list of attractions, visit www.visitorlando.com.
ICON Park Orlando including The Wheel, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Aquarium
Fun Spot America
Island H2O Live! Water Park
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Gaming
Chocolate Kingdom – Factory Adventure Tour
K1 Speed Orlando
Nona Adventure Park
Wall Crawl Orlando
Escape game attractions: Escape game, Escape Game Orlando & Escapology
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – Visitors can also explore a “wilder” side of Orlando by diving into natural springs with crystal-clear water, incredible flora and fauna, and other outdoor activities.
MAKING SOCIAL DISTANCING FUN – The major theme parks and attractions are incorporating unique health measures to ensure visitors are smiling as they stay safe, such as:
Newly opened Disney Springs has Star Wars Stormtroopers encouraging visitors to wear masks and social distance. Walt Disney World also introduced the “Social Distancing Squad” to politely remind guests about the social distancing and safety measures.
Universal Orlando has mask-wearing stilt walkers greeting guests at the entrance to Universal Orlando’s CityWalk.
Gatorland’s new “Social Distancing Skunk Ape” – Florida’s version of Bigfoot – uses his six-foot arm span as a way to visualize the proper distance.
HOTELS & RESORTS – A variety of hotels, resorts and vacation homes are now open, from locations near Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort to the International Drive corridor. For a list of Orlando accommodations can be found at www.visitorlando.com.
DINING – Restaurants are now hosting diners in outdoor seating, or indoors at a 50 percent capacity to ensure social distance measures, and also are meeting a host of new health guidelines from federal and local government and health officials. Reservations are encouraged to ensure a seat.
SHOPPING MALLS & OUTLETS – Several with “open air” concepts – including Orlando International Premium Outlets, Orlando Vineland International Premium Outlets and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores – are open, as well as, The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall.
For more information, visit visitorlando.com.