The Universal Orlando Resort announced it’s closing in March, due to the pandemic is now open for the public. Universal had to present its detailed plan of reopening with measures to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force for approval.
The resort reopened after it got the approval from the Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The park was allowing only a few people to enter in a day at the resort three parks. Universal Studios Florida, which opened at 9 a.m. Similarly, the Islands of Adventure also opened at 9 in the morning. However, Volcano Bay opened at 10 a.m.
The use of technology
To minimize public interactions Universal Orlando Resort is letting people buy tickets, food, and drinks on their Smartphones through using the resort’s App.
This will also reduce the chances of people touching different surfaces again and again. Moreover, people can reserve ride times with the app.
However, due to the COVID-19, all of the amusement and theme parks are opting for safety measures. Similarly, Universal is also choosing to go by the safety guidelines to reopen.
Universal has new safety guidelines, which the entire guests will have to abide by.
- Guests from the age of 2 and above will have to wear a facemask. However, if a visitor forgets to bring a mask, they can buy from the park. Masks will be available at the park for sale.
- There will be temperature checks at the entrance. Anyone having a temperature of 100.4 or higher is not permissible to enter.
- The park is ensuring that people follow Social distancing for rides and queues. Moreover, the management will ensure that people keep proper distance while standing in lines.
- They are encouraging the guests to use hand sanitizer before going for a ride.
Changes at the Park
However, as the park reopened people experienced a lot of changes from having a ride to watching the performances.
People performing on the stage had their faces covered with masks. In a group performance, all the performers were keeping distance. Similarly, audiences were well away from the staging areas.
However, the popular Incredible Hulk roller coaster was half full at a time to maintain social distancing during the exciting ride.
One of the visitors Dr. Channing Willoughby shared his experience of visiting the theme park saying, “I felt that they really had a good handle on safety. I’m a physician, so I keep up on what’s happening in the world. And in terms of preventative measures, I thought Universal was ahead of the curve, so I felt very safe bringing my family here.”
Many people thought it was a great time to visit the park as it was reopening after March. There was less crowd which made the visitors feel safe and enjoy to the fullest.