While theme parks in Central Florida remained closed, the past week has seen the reopenings of both Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk with new safety procedures in place. And now that both of these locations are open, the conversation has naturally turned towards the theme parks, with many wondering if we could see Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, and Busch Gardens Tampa opening back up soon. And it looks like we should have more information on that very soon!
Plans to be announced today for Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World and others to come soon
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced earlier this week that Universal Orlando Resort would be presenting a comprehensive reopening plan at the Orange County Reopening Task Force meeting today at 2:00 PM. If you would like, you can follow along with the meeting here. Though unconfirmed, the expectation is that Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will be releasing their own reopening proposals in the coming days as well
And even though we are getting some new information about what the parks are planning to do about their own reopening, there are still a lot of steps to go through between proposal presentation and park reopening. Once the proposal is presented, the mayor must review the proposal and visit each site with his team, seeing health and safety measures in action with a handful of employees. After the plan is given the green light by the local government, it will be sent to Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who will be able to provide the final stamp of approval.
Because there are so many steps, we'd expect Universal to propose a reopening date that is at least a month away so they can put the proposed health and safety measures into practice, with Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and others following accordingly.