States have recently begun lifting coronavirus prevention efforts, and some Florida theme parks will reopen sooner than anticipated. Though Disney World will remain closed until July 11, Legoland, SeaWorld, and Universal theme parks will open in June.
Legoland will reopen June 1, Universal Orlando will reopen June 5, and SeaWorld Orlando will reopen June 11. Temperature checks and face masks will be required for staff at Legoland, Universal, and SeaWorld, but Legoland is not yet requiring guests to wear face masks of their own.
All Florida theme parks will open at reduced capacity with social distancing policies in place. Sanitation stations will be spread throughout the parks for guests, and hungry patrons can buy food through contactless mobile ordering.
At SeaWorld, animal shows will be conducted with staggered seating, and meet-and-greets will happen at a distance.
Disney World plans to reopen its parks in phases, and at reduced capacity, starting in mid-July. Epcot and Hollywood Studios set to reopen on July 15, four days after Magic Kingdom. Disney will also have “a dedicated team of highly energetic and informative cast members who are committed to engaging and inspiring our guests to follow the appropriate guidelines,” according to Jim MacPhee, senior vice president for operations at Walt Disney World.
For now, character interactions, parades, fireworks, and other crowded events won’t be happening at Disney.