After months of being forced into hibernation, the plans are in place for Florida's world-famous theme parks to reopen. During the Orange County Economic Task Force Meeting on Thursday, it was announced that Universal Orlando reopening is in the works. The park submitted its plans to the county and is expected to open in June.

If approved, Universal Orlando Resort will welcome visitors again on June 5, although some pass holders may be invited to see how the park's handling the "new normal" on June 3 and 4.

The resort will have signage and ambassadors throughout the park, helping enforce the new rules that have been set forth. Temperature checks will be required for all guests entering, as well as a capacity limit managed throughout the park's attractions and venues. 

All interactive play areas will not reopen, and "misting" will be reduced or eliminated. Also, Universal will eliminate character "meet-and-greets" to help tamp down the spread.

In the meeting, Mayor Jerry Demings said he will speak with the governor on Friday to determine whether  Universal will get the final OK.

Universal was the only “Big 3” park to receive a vote on its reopening plans.

Walt Disney World has yet to submit its plans. SeaWorld Orlando also has yet to submit plans, although the park’s CEO Marc Swanson has hinted that it plans to be ready to reopen in June, according to West Palm Beach's Fox 29.

Earlier in the week, SeaWorld was spotted testing out social distancing measures on its roller coasters. 

 

 

The company initially closed its gates back on March 13, but after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that theme parks could submit their plans to reopen, Universal started making moves to welcome visitors again.

They partially opened its CityWalk a week ago. Since then, over 30,000 guests have visited the area.

It's unclear if other theme parks in the state, like Disney World, will follow suit. However, this step by Universal is a signal that theme parks and resorts are planning to reopen soon.

 

*This article has been updated.

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