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Temporary Attraction Closures at Universal Orlando Resort

Temporary Attraction Closures at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort released a statement today that some of their attractions would be closing temporarily. Read on for details.

One day after the Universal/Comcast second quarter earnings call revealed some bleak numbers in regards to theme park earnings, Universal Orlando has announced they will close some of their less popular attractions.

All of the rides closing currently have low wait times

Starting on August 9, 2020 the following rides and shows will officially be shuttered a: A Day in the Park with Barney, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ hurl, Fear Factor Live, Poseidon’s Fury and Storm Force Acceleration.

Fast & Furious: Supercharged is pretty universally disliked by guests

At least Fear Factor Live had not yet reopened to guests at the time of the announcement. Universal’s statement indicated that team members working these attractions will be relocated to other areas of the park.

Also beginning on August 10, Universal’s Volcano Bay will move to their early fall hours, 10a.m.- 5p.m. on weekdays and 10a.m.-6p.m. on weekends. Check out my guide to Volcano Bay here.

Finally, for the third time Universal has clarified their mask policy. Effective August 3, Neck Gaiters WILL be permitted so long as they cover the nose and mouth.

Hey, my gaiter CAN be of use after all!

Previously, Universal had required face coverings to have at least two layers, effectively banning neck gaiters which usually are single layer. Now “two layers” are suggested but not required.

Universal Orlando and Disney have some key differences in terms of mask requirements, specifically as it pertains to guests with disabilities. Universal allows some guests with certain disabilities to opt for a “face shield” rather than a cloth mask.

Universal Offers Alternative to Masks for Guests With Disabilities, Disney Says No Exceptions
Universal President Bill Davis greets guests in his face covering

Disney does not make any exceptions to their face covering policy.

Planning to visit Universal Orlando soon? Do these closures affect you? Let us know in the comments on Facebook and in our Facebook group!

-Rebecca W Davis

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