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What Disney & Universal Florida Parks are Open Now?

Disney Springs & Universal’s City Walk are now open. But should we expect a lot more to open over the next few weeks, or is this a false start for Orlando theme parks?

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What we know as of today (5/22):

  • Disney Springs: is OPEN (as of Wednesday May 20th, 2020)
  • Universal’s City Walk: is OPEN (as of Friday May 15th, 2020)
  • Disneyworld Parks: CLOSED (likely after July 1st)
  • Universal Studios: CLOSED (have submitted plans with Mayor approval for June 4th 2020)
  • Seaworld: CLOSED (plans submitted for hopeful mid-June opening)

Below are some of the additional details that we’ve found throughout the web and following the social media accounts of the parks themselves, as well as searches on Twitter for the hashtag #disneysprings (which, btw, is a great way to find the latest news and updates from folks on-the-ground).

Universal City Walk Re-opening Details:

  • Partially reopen (many stores and amenities still closed)
  • Operating hours are: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Free parking (no valet) for now
  • Temperature checks in parking garage before entry – anyone with a temperature above 100.4 is not allowed to enter the park (including guests in party)
  • Various hand sanitizer points spread throughout the park
  • Everyone must wear a mask (park is offering masks for those that do not have)
  • Everyone must respect 6ft of social distancing (the entire park will have floor markings)

Disney Springs Re-opening Details:

  • Partially reopen (44 shops and restaurants open). More stores (including World of Disneyand restaurants to open on Wednesday May 27 (post Memorial Day) if all goes well.
  • Restaurants open – Planet Hollywood, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, Boathouse, 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck, Chicken Guy, and Earl of Sandwich. Full list here.
  • Orange and Lime garages (free parking)
  • Temperature checks (but apparently there is a “cool-down” tent where people that are over 100.4 can sit and cool down before getting a second measurement (???)
  • Various hand sanitizer points spread throughout the park
  • Everyone 3 and older must wear a mask (park does not provide)
  • Everyone must respect 6ft of social distancing (the entire park will have floor markings)

Note of Caution: Parks will likely revert back to full closures

Things could change in an instant as Disney & Universal parks begin to weigh the pros/cons of growing crowds and if they are truly manageable – even with social distancing and mask precautions in place. And while parks like Disney are issuing blunt warnings to guests, the crowds will only continue to grow as people’s risk tolerance slowly stretches.

Eventually someone will break the rules, and the crowds will become so overbearing making it physically impossible to keep a 6ft separation. And that will be the true test of forward progress, or if a single event is enough to roll the whole thing back to a full closure.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure there will be more updates available soon, as well as the latest on whether or not things advance into more opening (we’ll find out next Wednesday!) or whether this small reopening test ends up setting us back a bit further to the parks full reopening for the summer.

One things for sure though, it sure is nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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