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Orlando is Ready for Travelers

Orlando Theme Parks welcome travelers
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Orlando is now welcoming visitors with new expanded safety measures as its theme parks, attractions, hotels and restaurants resume operations.

Many are now open, with more added daily or scheduled in the coming weeks. The reopened businesses include enhanced safety procedures from CDC and health officials guidelines, 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 began welcoming visitors in reduced capacity while ensuring safety is at the forefront. 

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Universal CityWalk is currently open with a variety of shopping and dining locations
  • Select Universal hotels are now open  
  • Theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay are now open

SeaWorld Parks

SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica Orlando are now open

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida's theme park, water park and two resorts are now open

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

Attraction Reopenings

Many of the region's independent attractions are open with reduced capacity and enhanced safety measures. Attractions open now include:

  • Gatorland
  • ICON Park Orlando including The Wheel, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • Fun Spot America
  • Orlando Science Center
  • Island H2O Live! Water Park
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Andretti's Indoor Karting and Gaming
  • Orlando Starflyer
  • WonderWorks Orlando
  • Chocolate Kingdom – Factory Adventure Tour
  • K1 Speed Orlando
  • Nona Adventure Park
  • Wall Crawl Orlando
  • Escape game attractions: Escape game, Escape Game Orlando & Escapology
  • I-RIDE Trolley

Unique Health Measures

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 to visualize the proper distance.

Hotels & Resorts

A variety of hotels, resorts and vacation homes are now open, including properties near Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and the International Drive tourism corridor. Travelers that want to stay in a new hotel property can take a look at this article.

Restaurants

Restaurants are now hosting diners with outdoor seating, or indoors at a 50% capacity to ensure social distance measures, while 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 – have reopened as well as The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall. 

Airport

Orlando International Airport's welcome back signage throughout the terminal joins messaging that encourages social distancing and critical health protocols focused on passenger safety and comfort. These signs are among the visible changes made at Orlando International, including acrylic shields at ticket counters and at security screening checkpoints.

Beaches

After spending time at theme parks, take some days to relax at the beach and soak up our famous Florida sunshine. Here are the popular beaches near Orlando.

Photo by C. Cagnin

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