Theme Parks this Summer: What You Should Know

It’s a big week here in Orlando: Theme park openings are happening in FULL FORCE! Just last week Universal Orlando had its soft opening for Annual Passholders only. The following day it opened to the public. For some guests the reopening was a little chaotic and confusing.

Per Universal Studios Orlando, their Annual pass-holders should have received an email with specific instructions telling them to make a reservation to gain entry to the park. A few AP holders I know did not receive an email. They were turned away but were told they could enter if they were staying on the property. So, like any Universal fan dying to hit the parks, they made a reservation at the Cabana Bay Hotel and into the theme park they went.

Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Night
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

New times require new rules: Temperature checks along with face masks are required upon entry. This is strictly enforced. Don’t think for a minute you will be able to slide by without a mask. Once entering, my source said things were surreal. She stated how odd it was to walk around empty streets. Not only was it odd to walk around empty streets but, the seating on rides is set to social distancing guidelines.

All of the safety precautions sound reasonable. It seems there are two schools of thought surrounding this Corona Virus. Some are throwing caution to the wind and are determined to live life with precautions while others choose to live in a bubble until there is a vaccine. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, life does go on.

As Universal Studios opened the first week of June, Sea World is happy to open on June 11th and Walt Disney World phased reopening is set to begin July 11th. With all of the new policies in place it is imperative to go to the theme parks website and make a reservation to enter the park. You cannot just show up and expect to gain entry. Part of the reason for this procedure is they have to limit capacity. A reservation system is the only way to capture the number of attendees on a specific day to control its occupancy rates. Keep in mind, occupancy rates are at 30 – 50 percent. Reservations are required!

A good thing to keeping the occupancy down is less crowds. It doesn’t necessarily mean short wait times. Yes, wait times are shorter but not by a lot because the seating on the rides is spaced out. Thus, fewer people per ride at a time.

I am looking forward to heading to the theme parks at the end of the month. I will have a mask, hand sanitizer and most importantly A RESERVATION!

Theme park reservations are required to gain entry.

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