After an almost three-month closure, Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks — including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay — will reopen next week. Of course, the reopening of a major theme park comes with several questions surrounding the health risks, so this summer, a trip to Universal will look a lot different than your last visit. The parks will enforce limited capacity, introduce a variety of social distancing measures, and require guests to wear face masks.
Universal Orlando Resort’s website says, “This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. So, as we enjoy our parks together again, everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies. Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.”
If you’re planning to visit Universal Studios in the next few months, you can expect temperature checks at entrance gates and ground markings to promote social distancing while waiting for rides. Visitors and staff will be required to wear face masks, and guests will also be asked to use hand sanitizer before boarding rides.
So no, it won’t look like the Universal Orlando vacation from your childhood, but it’s better than no Universal at all.