Universal planning to reopen June 5th - Details in Post #1

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CastAStone

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Today (May 21st, 2020), Universal Studios will present their reopening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

This is in accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ requirements for reopening, which for all parks located in Orange County includes receiving approval from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, regardless of whether the park normally falls under Orange County’s jurisdiction.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal is expected to share a reopening date.

The meeting starts at 2PM Eastern and can be live-streamed on the Orange County Government’s website.

Disney and Seaworld are expected to attend but not present at the meeting. All three parks are part of the task force.

UPDATE:
Universal Orlando to reopen to Team Members only June 1st and 2nd
June 3rd and 4th will be an "Invited Guest and certain Annual Passholder" opening
June 5th is open to the public

Universal will be making the following operational changes upon reopening:

  • Virtual Queues in place for many attractions
  • Temperature Checks Manadatory for TMs and Guests
  • Masks REQUIRED for TMs and Guests
  • Disposable masks will be provided free; reusable for sale
  • No Valet parking
  • Capacity will be managed at both resort and building/ride/restaurant level
  • Interactive Play Areas closed
  • Elimination/reduction of water elements of rides
  • No single rider lines
  • Single use menus, plates, silverware, etc
  • No buffets or self serve food of any kind
  • No parades
The entire plan is available HERE
 
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Today (May 21st, 2020), Universal Studios will present their reopening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

This is in accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ requirements for reopening, which for all parks located in Orange County includes receiving approval from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, regardless of whether the park normally falls under Orange County’s jurisdiction.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal is expected to share a reopening date.

The meeting starts at 2PM Eastern and can be live-streamed on the Orange County Government’s website.

Disney and Seaworld are expected to attend but not present at the meeting. All three parks are part of the task force.
NM, it's early and my brain hasn't kicked in yet. lol
 
  • dclpluto

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    Today (May 21st, 2020), Universal Studios will present their reopening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

    This is in accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ requirements for reopening, which for all parks located in Orange County includes receiving approval from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, regardless of whether the park normally falls under Orange County’s jurisdiction.

    According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal is expected to share a reopening date.

    The meeting starts at 2PM Eastern and can be live-streamed on the Orange County Government’s website.

    Disney and Seaworld are expected to attend but not present at the meeting. All three parks are part of the task force.
    Great news. Universal is usually a follower not a leader.. might want to change your title to 5/21 instead of 6/21
     

    yulilin3

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    NM, it's early and my brain hasn't kicked in yet. lol
    I dont think they post the link far in advance
    Here's the news conference from Mayor Demings from yesterday, starting at 22:45 he gets the parks reopening question
    he says it should take 12 to 24 hours to review the plans by Demings before sending them to the Gov
    Its also important to note that Dr. Pino (the Fl health guy here in OC) has already walked Universal parks and checked their safety procedures, he mentioned that in a task force meeting a couple of meetings ago, he said he was impressed by their guidelines and procedures
     

    JaNelson38

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    My completely non-informed opinion: Universal is trying re-open soon in order to draw more locals. If some of the rumors are true about WDW limiting attendance to resort guests and/or AP holders for a time, locals looking for a weekend day out will choose Universal because WDW won't be an option.

    That being said, with Universal now submitting a plan, Disney won't be far behind.
     
  • yulilin3

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    My completely non-informed opinion: Universal is trying re-open soon in order to draw more locals. If some of the rumors are true about WDW limiting attendance to resort guests and/or AP holders for a time, locals looking for a weekend day out will choose Universal because WDW won't be an option.

    That being said, with Universal now submitting a plan, Disney won't be far behind.
    they've also stayed paying some employees while Disney furloughed almost all of them
     

    Mit88

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    My completely non-informed opinion: Universal is trying re-open soon in order to draw more locals. If some of the rumors are true about WDW limiting attendance to resort guests and/or AP holders for a time, locals looking for a weekend day out will choose Universal because WDW won't be an option.

    That being said, with Universal now submitting a plan, Disney won't be far behind.
    Universal has also been paying their employees on the books since the closure, so they have a leg up On Disney to reopen earlier
     

    xuxa777

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    Universal has also been paying their employees on the books since the closure, so they have a leg up On Disney to reopen earlier
    That is also an incentive to open as soon as possible. Much faster burn rate.
     
  • atricks

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    Agenda for meeting:

    Welcome Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings George Aguel, President, Visit Orlando &
    Tim Giulani, President, The Orlando Economic Partnership, Co-Chairs

    Roll Call George Aguel, Co-Chair

    Approval of Minutes Tim Giuliani, Co-Chair

    Public Comment George Aguel, Co-Chair

    County Attorney’s Office Update Kate Latorre, Assistant County Attorney

    Health Update Raul Pino, MD, FL Department of Health in Orange County Scott Brady, MD, AdventHealth George Ralls, MD, Orlando Health

    Theme Park Presentation John Sprouls, Chief Administrative Officer & Rich Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Universal Orlando

    Working Group Update Bringing Back Tourism Jesse Martinez & Dr. Youcheng Wang, Co-Chairs
    o Proposal on Smaller Attractions
    Face Amusement, Fun Spot, Gatorland, Icon Park, K1 Speed, Magical Midway, Nona Adventure Park , Slingshot, Starflyer, Wonder Works

    CARES Funding for Small Businesses Eric Ushkowitz, Economic Development Administrator & Andrea Wesser-Brawner, Chief Innovation & Emerging
    Technologies Officer, Orange County

    Open Discussion George Aguel, Co-Chair

    Next Steps Tim Giuliani, Co-Chair

    Closing Tim Giuliani & George Aguel, Co-Chairs

    from: https://m.box.com/shared_item/https://ocfl.box.com/s/jcwvdt5dxyekx2a8nx5ym0khgm65e6hh/view/667936457578
     
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    inlalaland

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    Anyone local know if it’ll be on any news channels or is it only streaming?

    EDIT: nvm, figured it out!
     
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    MusicalAstronaut

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    I dont think they post the link far in advance
    Here's the news conference from Mayor Demings from yesterday, starting at 22:45 he gets the parks reopening question
    he says it should take 12 to 24 hours to review the plans by Demings before sending them to the Gov
    Its also important to note that Dr. Pino (the Fl health guy here in OC) has already walked Universal parks and checked their safety procedures, he mentioned that in a task force meeting a couple of meetings ago, he said he was impressed by their guidelines and procedures
    So does that mean it's not worth trying to watch today, since we won't hear anything at least until tomorrow?
     

    yulilin3

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    So does that mean it's not worth trying to watch today, since we won't hear anything at least until tomorrow?
    up to you. Nothing is certain until Disney doesn't report anything, I'm sure you'll get a heads up if anything is reported. i'm watching cause I have interest in Universal reopening anyways and there's always tidbits of info that get discussed
     

    atricks

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    So does that mean it's not worth trying to watch today, since we won't hear anything at least until tomorrow?
    Presentation today (with proposed date). Vote tomorrow. The vote for the smaller attractions is today after the presentation (according to the agenda)
     

    MusicalAstronaut

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    up to you. Nothing is certain until Disney doesn't report anything, I'm sure you'll get a heads up if anything is reported. i'm watching cause I have interest in Universal reopening anyways and there's always tidbits of info that get discussed
    I think we won't hear the decision but will hear the plan, thus the opening date.
    Presentation today (with proposed date). Vote tomorrow. The vote for the smaller attractions is today after the presentation (according to the agenda)
    Thanks all! I'm hoping I'm on the correct live stream in that case, haha. I'd like to hear the proposed date.
     

    wareagle57

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    Anyone local know if it’ll be on any news channels or is it only streaming?

    EDIT: nvm, figured it out!
    Care to share? I didn't see it on tv. I know I saw a link in another thread this morning but now I can't find it.

    EDIT: nvm, also figured it out lol
     
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