• Saturday, September 26, 2020

How is COVID-19 Affecting Local Theme Parks?

In an effort to support Florida’s current “Stay at Home” order and reduce the possible spread of illness, several local theme parks have announced temporary closures. The current operation status and other important information will continue to be updated below.

Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort will remain completely closed until further notice, including:

  • Theme Parks & Water Parks (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
  • Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

UPDATE (5/27/20): Walt Disney World is planning to begin a phased reopening of the parks starting July 11. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. As expected, the plans for reopening include enhanced health and safety guidelines:

  • Added Protective Measures – Guests will be required to wear face masks and additional sanitizing stations/physical barriers will be installed around the parks.
  • Physical Distancing – Theme park capacity will be reduced to ensure that guests can maintain appropriate social distance from other parkgoers. Reduced capacitywill also be implemented at dining locations, rides and attractions, retail stores, and transportation.
  • Temperature Screenings – Guests and Cast Members will all have to undergo temperature screenings prior to entry into the parks.
  • Limited Contact Enhancements – Contactless payment via Magic Bands, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other cashless transaction methods will be implemented where possible. Mobile order will be implemented at select retail and restaurant locations as well.

For more information, check out this guide with everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s reopening!

Ticket Information:

Disney has suspended all ticket sales until the July 11th opening. Any unused date based tickets with a valid use period beginning March 12, 2020 through the closure will automatically be extended to use any date through December 15, 2020. A reservation will be required to visit the parks when they reopen. If you have a question about a specific promotional ticket, please email us at help@tickets2you.com.

Universal Orlando Resort

UPDATE (5/26/20): Universal Orlando Resort will begin phased reopening of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay starting June 5, 2020.

New health, safety, and hygiene guidelines will be implemented for guests at the park, from the beginning to the end of each guest’s visit. The new procedures will include:

  • Parking – Staggered parking procedures will be implemented in the parking garage
  • Protective Masks & Social Distancing – Guests and team members will all be required to wear appropriate face masks and maintain social distancing guidelines
  • Temperature Screenings – Everyone who comes on Universal property will have to have a temperature check before entering the parks. If temperatures are 100.4 or higher, you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Reduced Park Attendance & Operation – There will be reduced daily capacity for guests entering the parks, as well as reduced attraction ridership, show attendance, and restaurant seating. Select attractions will implement virtual lines as well.
  • Cashless Transactions – Cashless payments and “no touch” policies will be implemented anywhere possible around the parks
  • Sanitization – There will be increased protocols for cleaning and disinfecting ride vehicles, dining locations, restrooms, and other touchpoints around the parks.

UPDATE (5/29/20): All Universal Orlando Resort properties will have adjusted hours of operation (subject to change).

  • Universal Studios Florida: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Universal Volcano Bay: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Universal CityWalk: 8 AM – 10 PM

Universal Orlando has also provided some additional information and tips about guests’ park experience when the resort reopens:

  • All guests are encouraged to download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App before their visit. The app allows for cashless transactions, mobile order at select dining locations, virtual lines at select attractions, and other helpful tools to use at the parks.
  • Mobile order for food and beverages will be added to select venues and all restaurant menus will be single-use only.
  • Time in line at select rides and attractions will be minimized with the help of Virtual Line on the Universal app. You can explore the rest of the park while waiting for your designated ride time and view wait time for other attractions as well.
  • Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before boarding any ride vehicles. At 3D attractions, a Universal cast member will be handing out sanitized 3D glasses to each rider. Ride vehicles will have staggered spacing in order to keep all guests in an appropriate distance of one another.

With Universal Orlando’s Virtual Line system, only a select number of returns times will be available on each day. It’s recommended to try to get your reservations for the attraction of your choice as early as possible. The virtual line system can be used at all of the following attractions:

  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Skull Island – Reign of Kong
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Despicable Me – Minion Mayhem
Ticket Information:

Unexpired Universal tickets will be valid on any day for 365 days from date of print.  If you have a question about a specific promotional ticket, please email us at help@tickets2you.com.

SeaWorld Orlando

UPDATE (5/28/20): SeaWorld Orlando is expected to reopen its parks, including Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove, on June 11, 2020. Reservations are required in addition to valid park tickets in order to visit any SeaWorld Park.

Ticket Information:

Most SeaWorld Orlando tickets are valid one year from date of print.  Any unused tickets that expire during the period that the parks are closed will be extended through December 31, 2020. Attraction sales for these parks are final and non-refundable.  If you have a question about a specific promotional ticket, please email us at help@tickets2you.com.

Busch Gardens Tampa

UPDATE (5/28/20): Busch Gardens Tampa is expected to reopen its parks, including Adventure Island, on June 11, 2020. Reservations are required in addition to valid park tickets in order to visit any SeaWorld Park.

Ticket Information:

Most Busch Gardens tickets are valid one year from date of print.  Any unused tickets that expire during the period that the parks are closed will be extended through December 31, 2020. Attraction sales for these parks are final and non-refundable. If you have a question about a specific promotional ticket, please email us at help@tickets2you.com.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is officially back up and running starting June 1, including the water park, LEGOLAND Hotel, and the all-new LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel.

Park Operation Status Updates

As parks begin to slowly implement phased reopenings, this list will be updated to reflect operation status. The following attractions are currently open for business:

We will share more information as it becomes available.  We appreciate your patience and flexibility, and we hope you and your family are staying safe during these unprecedented times.  Please feel free to email us with any questions to help@tickets2you.com.

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