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Universal Studios Lays out Plans for Reopening: Virtual Lines, No Parades or Character Meets, and More

Universal Studios Lays out Plans for Reopening: Virtual Lines, No Parades or Character Meets, and More

Today at the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, Universal Studios laid out plans for reopening. Check out what is expected of Team Members and Guests and what the park experience will look like.

With the news that Universal Studios plans to reopen on June 3-4 to Passholders and June 5 for everyone, we have more details regarding the reopening plan.

The Universal Studios Guest Journey is a plan put together that provides Guests and Team Members with clean, safe, and fun destinations while implementing responsible precautions, adjusting processes to promote social distancing, and build confidence to encourage visitation.

Everything from the pre-arrival through the end of the experience, Universal Studios is using this Guest Journey to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. Here is what you will see as you enter the park:

Here are some of the main take-aways from the meeting as far as the proposed plan for Universal Studios’ reopening:

  • Interactive play areas closed
  • Social distancing of 6 feet or more
  • Limiting capacity at venues to help enforce social distancing
  • Water and mist effects disabled
  • 3D glasses handed out individually instead of grabbing them from bins (check out this proposed sanitation station patented by Universal Studios)
  • Virtual queues for more popular rides
  • Single rider lines disabled
  • No parades or meet and greet opportunities after shows
  • No buffets or self-service food stations
  • Paper menus
  • Mobile food ordering
  • Contactless payment
  • Minimize cash payments when possible
  • Temperature checks for Team Members and Guests
  • Team Members and Guests will wear face coverings
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations around the park
  • Signage around area and in parks with expectations regarding face coverings, temperature checks, social distancing, etc.

Here is an example of signage that will be located in queue lines to show the proper way to social distance while waiting.

The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force voted in favor of Universal Studios’ reopening plan. It still needs to be approved by the mayor and then sent to Governor DeSantis.

What do you think of this plan? Do you think early June is too early? Do you think we will see something similar for Disney World? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook.


  1. I could be wrong but I know in Florida when you go to a hotel or resort they only allow you to stay if you are a Florida resident and your credit card has to be with a Florida address. Three times we have been told this by hotels and resorts. That order stays into effect until June 16.

  2. If Disney cancels character meets as mentioned by Universal, I’ll have to cancel our trip. To me, the characters make the magic. I can’t see spending so much money on a trip and not have the magic with it. This is heartbreaking.

  3. Apparently people from Louisiana arent allowed in Florida. They are stopping them at the border. I had a friend that got her codo reservations on the beach cancelled today. They said she cant stay there because she lives in Louisiana

  4. Once all guests can come, does that mean Florida guests only or anyone from around the country are welcome? Also, are the face coverings mandatory? Thanks!

    • Yes, masks are mandatory. They have not said if it is Florida only. The State itself may limit travel though.

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