Theme Park Reopening Tips

The theme parks of Central Florida are once again open and welcoming guests, and while your next visit will be different here are some tips to make the most of your time in the parks. 

Give Yourself Extra Time

Theme Park Reopening Tips

I am a fan of arriving early to help cut down on any anxiety around sticking to a schedule, however, now giving yourself extra time is essential as security and temperature check lines can get long.

Security and temperature check areas tend to open before the park, and I try to arrive at least 30 minutes before park opening to make sure the process does not affect my schedule for the day.

Don’t Forget Your Face Covering

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All of the Central Florida theme parks are requiring guests over the age of two to wear a face covering while they are in the parks and the specific requirements vary by park. 

Guidelines to consider when choosing a face coverings include:

  • Face covering must fit snugly against the sides of your face, 
  • Both your nose and mouth must be protected by the face covering,
  • Face coverings should be made of a breathable material, and 
  • Face covering should be secured with ties or ear loops.

Review Park Information 

Theme Park Reopening Tips

Before you choose a park to attend, take a moment to visit the theme park’s official website to review ticket availability, reservation requirements, modified attraction and show lists, and operations guidelines.

Each park is managing each of these aspects differently, and it will definitely make your day smoother if you are familiar with them.

A good rule of thumb when setting expectations for your day is to remember that SeaWorld Orlando and the Walt Disney World Resort are requiring theme park reservations to attend, that fireworks and parades are temporarily suspended, and that character meet and greets are held from afar in a group setting. 

Meal Planning

Theme Park Reopening Tips

With the greatly reduced capacity of full-service restaurants in the theme parks and quick service restaurants operating like casual dining restaurants with reserved seating, you will want to make sure that you schedule extra time in your schedule for a meal.

Don’t Overpack 

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While you might be tempted to bring extra items with you to the theme parks, keep in mind that some theme parks, like the Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, are still requiring bags to be put in lockers before you enter most attraction queues.

These lockers are not very large, and if your items do not fit in the complimentary lockers you will be required to purchase a larger locker for your items.

Prepare to Combat the Heat

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Wearing a mask while you are outside can make things feel hotter than expected, and to help with this I bring a battery operated fan that I’m able to pop on when I need an extra boost of cold air to help me feel more comfortable.

Download Official Theme Park Apps Before Arrival

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The theme parks have made efforts to reduce their points of contact, and one way they have done this is by integrating actions into their official apps that can be downloaded for free.

I suggest downloading the theme park’s official app before you arrive to help ensure that your park entry and cashless payment processes take as little time as possible.

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Walt Disney World Reopening: Theme Park Essentials


Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials

With Walt Disney World reopening today for an Annual Passholder Preview and this weekend for guests, I thought that it would be a good chance to share the theme park essentials I take to the parks in our new normal.

Walt Disney World Reopening: Theme Park Essentials

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
Hand Sanitizer 

While you can find hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the parks, I really like having my own hand sanitizer with me because it gives me the opportunity to go ahead and use a little as soon as I get on or as soon as I get off of an attraction.

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Battery Operated Fan

I find the most useful thing to have in my bag when I go into the theme parks is a battery operated fan.

Wearing a mask while you are outside can make things feel hotter than expected, and when I have my battery operated fan I’m able to pop it on when I need an extra boost of cold air to help me feel more comfortable.

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Extra Face Coverings

Speaking of feeling more comfortable, I always pack extra face coverings just in case I need to switch them through the day.

It’s the rainy season and wearing a wet face covering is about as comfortable as wearing wet socks, so just make sure you pack an extra mask so that you’ll have it just in case.

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Alcohol Pads

This one might sound weird…but stick with me…

I bring alcohol pads, much like the ones that you’d find in a Doctor’s office, to help clean my phone throughout the day. 

One thing that I have become hyper aware of is how many times I pick up and put down my phone from a surface during the day, and this gives me an extra slice of peace of mind. 

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Portable Cell Phone Charger 

On every list I’ve ever made about what I keep in my bag, a portable cell phone charger has always been on the list. 

However, it’s even more important now as you are going to need to do more things on your phone in the theme parks throughout the day. 

These are my five theme park essentials, but I’m sure as I visit the parks more I’m going to find there other things that I like keeping with me so I’m sure they’ll be a part two to this post.

If you have a must-have to bring in your theme park bag, especially for the Walt Disney World Reopening, I would love to hear about it!

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Walt Disney World Reopening: Annual Passholder Preview Info

The Walt Disney World Resort is preparing to welcome Annual Passholders who registered to experience a preview of the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Thursday & Friday, and if you are attending you will want to review the email that was sent as it contains information about the event you will definitely need to know.

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What to Bring to the Annual Passholder Event

Before you leave for your preview, make sure you have the following items with you to ensure a smooth check-in process:

  • Valid annual pass and a government-issued photo ID for each registered Passholder.
  • One copy of your confirmation page.
  • Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up)

Let’s also take a moment to review the face covering requirements for Walt Disney World, because in the past week they have added some specific details:

  • Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. 
  • Guests must bring their own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining, or swimming.
  • All face coverings should:
    • Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
    • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Be secured with ties or ear loops
    • Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
  • Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with existing rules.

Still need a face covering check out how to make a no-sew mask at home!

Annual Passholder Check-In

The Annual Passholder Preview Event will take place from 9 am until 7 pm, and check-in is located at the entrance of the park any time during the park operating hours.

Please have your government-issued ID and valid pass ready to make the check-in process efficient. 

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Annual Passholder Transportation and Parking Information

Please note that if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Disney transportation will not be available for this limited event and you will need to provide your own transportation to the theme park parking lot.

For guests parking at the Transportation & Ticket Center or at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, tram service will not be available from the Guest parking lot to the main entrance of the theme park. 

Specifically for the Magic Kingdom park, there will be no tram service from the parking lot to the Transportation & Ticket Center, but the Express Monorail and the Ferryboats will be available from the Transportation & Ticket Center to the main entrance.

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Important Information to Know About the Annual Passholder Preview Event

Here is the nitty gritty that you are definitely going to want to take note of:

  • Restaurants, attractions, experiences, and other offerings may be modified and will be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing.
  • Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members; temperature screenings are required in some locations.
  • Reservations are non-transferable and may not be sold or bartered.
  • No modifications to reservations.
  • Valid, activated eligible Walt Disney World annual pass and photo ID are required at check-in for each Passholder and each Passholder Guest.
  • Activities and attractions subject to change without notice.
  • Registered Passholders may experience wait times for popular attractions during this event.

I am really excited to be attending the Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Preview at the Magic Kingdom, so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to follow the fun!

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Walt Disney World Reopening: Attractions Opening

The theme parks of Walt Disney World reopening plans are well underway as parks will begin to welcome guests to the ‘Most Magical Place on Earth’ this week, but when they do not all attractions and shows will be opening.

Let’s take a look at what attractions and shows you will be able to enjoy at each Walt Disney World theme park!

Walt Disney World Reopening: Attractions Opening

Walt Disney World Reopening: Attractions List by Park

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Disney’s Magic Kingdom reopens on July 11th with the following attractions: 

  • Astro Orbiter 
  • The Barnstormer 
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 
  • Country Bear Jamboree 
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant 
  • The Hall of Presidents 
  • The Haunted Mansion 
  • It’s a Small World 
  • Jungle Cruise 
  • Liberty Square Riverboat 
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh  
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic 
  • Peter Pan’s Flight 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel 
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 
  • Space Mountain 
  • Splash Mountain 
  • Swiss Family Treehouse 
  • Tom Sawyer Island 
  • Tomorrowland Speedway 
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover 
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid 
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress 
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopens on July 11th with the following attractions: 

  • Affection Section 
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station 
  • Avatar Flight of Passage 
  • DINOSAUR 
  • Discovery Island Trails 
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain 
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail 
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug! 
  • Kali River Rapids 
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris 
  • Maharajah Trail 
  • Na’vi River Journey 
  • The Oasis Exhibits 
  • TriceraTop Spin 
  • Wilderness Explorers 
  • Wildlife Express 
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EPCOT reopens on July 15th with the following attractions: 

  • The American Adventure 
  • Awesome Planet 
  • Canada Far and Wide 
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival 
  • Friendship Lagoon Boats 
  • Frozen Ever After 
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros 
  • Impressions de France 
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment 
  • Kidcot (modified) 
  • Living with the Land 
  • Mission: SPACE 
  • Reflections of China 
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin’ Around the World 
  • Spaceship Earth 
  • Test Track 
  • Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience 
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopens on July 15th with the following attractions: 

  • Alien Swirling Saucers 
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy 
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway 
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run 
  • Muppet*Vision 3D 
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith 
  • Slinky Dog Dash 
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue 
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance 
  • Toy Story Mania! 
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 
  • Vacation Fun (at Mickey Shorts Theater) 
  • Walt Disney Presents 

I am beyond excited for the Walt Disney World Resort reopening phases to begin, and will be sharing more information as it becomes available!!!

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A Taste of Epcot to Debut at the Park

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One of the best times of year to visit the Walt Disney World Resort is the annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, and Imagineers have cooked up a creative and modified festival experience that will be the longest festival yet – A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!

This new take on the foodie festival will debut July 15 and continue through the fall, offering over 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean, spaced out around the park. 

A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2020

The Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival combines the floral fun of Flower & Garden with the global goodies of the annual Food & Wine Festival.

If you didn’t get to see the park’s newest topiary, Remy, in the France pavilion, or to purchase any Flower & Garden merchandise, this is your chance! 

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For scavenger hunt fans, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt returns to take guests on an adventure to find their favorite ’Tiny Chef’. 

While we don’t have information about the Food & Wine merchandise yet, we are sure to share the information as the products join the fun later on after the festival begins. 

While popular musical acts during the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” often pack the house, they will not be a part of the Take of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in an effort to accommodate proper physical distancing. 

However, there will be plenty of music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre with local EPCOT entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors and more. 

It’s going to be awesome to see these fan favorites perform throughout the day, giving audiences more options to enjoy them. 

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The Orlando Crayola Experience has Reopened

The Orlando Crayola Experience at Florida Mall is once again welcoming guests to get creative!

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The attraction has implemented several new protocols aligned with state and local requirements, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and industry recommendations that are designed to promote cleanliness, social distancing, and reduced physical contact. 

Some key things that you will notice on your next visit to Orlando’s Crayola Experience include:

  • Limits to the number of guests in the attraction, theater show, and retail store.
  • Entry screenings and temperature checks on team members (employees) prior to entering the building for work each day and requiring those who don’t feel well to go home.
  • Required face coverings for team members while in public areas.
  • Enhanced and increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces – such as tabletops, countertops, stools, computer screens, doors, handrails, trash containers, water fountains, and restrooms throughout the attraction, café and retail store.
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  • Additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the attraction.
  • Acrylic barriers around registers and guest relations.
  • Signage and ground markers in high-traffic areas to remind guests to maintain proper distancing when in line or navigating through the attraction and retail store.
  • Temporary modification to certain activities and food service areas to promote physical distancing and cleanliness.
  • All payments must now be made with cashless transactions. Self-service payment terminals at registers in both the attraction and retail store accept major credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Pay.
  • Touchless e-ticketing for general admission tickets purchased at a cashier or kiosk on site.
  • Extending annual pass and ticket expiration dates.
  • Offering a new ticketing option for unlimited visits through the end of the year.
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To promote cleanliness, social distancing, and reduced physical contact, the Orlando Crayola Experience has made the following modifications:

  • The Color Playground and Toddler Town climber is closed until further notice.
  • Crayons have been removed from tables and the Colossal Caddy, and chalk from the Scribble Square area; instead supplies are included in each guest bag received upon admission. 
  • Theater show seating is limited to 25 percent capacity.
  • The number of available stations on some attractions has been reduced.
  • Character appearances are suspended until further notice.

If your questions are not answered here, guests are encouraged to contact CEguest@crayolaexperience.com.

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Morse Museum Reopening July 8

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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8. Public Museum and Museum Shop hours, however, have been temporarily restricted to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. At this time, the Morse will remain closed on Sundays. The Museum has been temporarily closed since March due to the coronavirus. New guidelines for visiting the Museum have been implemented to ensure a safe reopening.

To reduce direct personal contact, and to maintain recommended physical distancing, the Morse Museum has developed an appointment system for visitors to reserve a time slot prior to their visit.

All those planning to visit the Museum are asked to make an appointment in advance of their visit. The last available appointment is at 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Beginning July 8, appointments may be made by visiting morsemuseum.org/plan-your-visit or by calling (407) 644-1429 during operating hours.

For the safety of both visitors and staff, the Morse has instituted new guidelines:

  • If you feel at all unwell, please postpone your visit and contact the Museum to arrange a new appointment time.
  • Please wear a face covering during your visit. Masks are available at the Visitor Services desk.
  • Please do not touch anything in the Museum except the object guides available in each gallery.
  • Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet (preferably ten feet) from others throughout your visit.
  • Please sanitize your hands at the sanitizing stations in the lobby and just before leaving the galleries to enter the Museum Shop.

The Morse has created these guidelines to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible and to comply with local and state health recommendations.

For all those who would like to continue to visit the Museum virtually from home, the Morse offers many opportunities. The Morse Museum’s website includes online activities, videos, and an audio tour.

Please note that all on-site lectures, music presentations, art demonstrations, and other in-person programs as well as social events are canceled or postponed until further notice.

The Morse Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American designer and artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural objects from Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings, graphics, and decorative art.

Located at 445 N. Park Avenue, the Museum is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation and receives additional support from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. It receives no public funds.

For more information call (407) 645-5311 or visit the museum’s website at morsemuseum.org.

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Seasonal Walt Disney World Event News 

Yesterday’s announcement was a bummer for Walt Disney World fans who typically flock to the Resort for all of their fall celebrations.

Before we go any further…

All of these decisions are firmly set in logic and continue to show how Walt Disney World is committed to putting guest and Cast Member safety first, and I absolutely appreciate and support the hard decisions that have been made. 

That being said, cue the sad trombone as we go over yesterday’s announcement. 

5 Things to Know About the Walt Disney World Seasonal Event Announcement

5 Things to Know About the Walt Disney World Seasonal Event Announcement

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1. BooHoo to You

Let’s just rip the bandaid off of this one….

This year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom has been canceled.

“While assessing another fall special event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we determined that many of its hallmarks – stage shows, parades and fireworks – are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.”

I wish there was more to say, but here we are. 

If you had already purchased Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets, you will receive a refund over the coming weeks. 

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2. Sort of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

This year Walt Disney World will debut their longest festival ever, the new ‘A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival’ that will begin on July 15 and continue into “fall”.

The foodie festival will feature 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean spaced out around the park.

EPCOT will sprinkle in some Flower & Garden goodness with Food & Wine, as guests will be able to see the newest topiary, Remy, in the France pavilion and find Flower & Garden merchandise available.  

I am excited that Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt will be returning as that ‘Tiny Chef’ is one of my faves. 

And don’t fret, this year the Food & Wine merchandise will join the fun later on after the festival begins. 

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3. Eat to the Beat

You’ll notice I didn’t mention that the popular Eat to the Beat Concert Series in the new festival line-up, and that’s because in an effort to accommodate proper physical distancing, these concerts will not take place this year. 

But this announcement has a bit of a silver lining as local EPCOT entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors, and more will get their time to shine on the America Gardens Theatre Stage! 

“These fan favorites will spread out their performances throughout the day, giving audiences more options to enjoy them.”

Amazing!!!!! 

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4. Glow is a No

Unfortunately, Disney H2O Glow Nights, the nighttime special ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will also not take place for the remainder of 2020.

If you had already purchased Disney H2O Glow Nights tickets, you will receive a refund over the coming weeks. 

I have my fingers crossed that this event returns in 2021 because it is sooooo much fun to slide under the stars!

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5. Soooooo…

What about the holiday season at Walt Disney World?

Unknown. 

“Looking ahead to the holiday season, this may spark questions about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, which includes the Candlelight Processional. We are monitoring our new environment closely, and will make a decision on these events as we continue to learn more from government and health officials.”

Let’s be real for a moment. 

Fall is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World Resort, I am super sad about these announcements. 

However, I am beyond happy that this shows that Walt Disney World is dedicated to safety (even if it means canceling profitable events) and finding ways to keep the ‘Disney Magic’ we love during these unprecedented times. 

We are all going to get through this together. 

I promise!

Wear your masks, wash your hands, love each other, and I’ll see ya real soon! 

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Know Before You Go: SeaWorld Orlando’s Reopening

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Today is the day that SeaWorld Orlando is welcoming guests back to the park, and before you go here are a few things that you should know!

Reservations

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To help manage the capacity to maintain physical distancing within the park, SeaWorld Orlando is requiring advance online reservations.

The process is SUPER easy! Just visit the SeaWorld Orlando reservation page and fill in the required information.

Pro-Tip: If you wake up and decide that you want to venture out to SeaWorld Orlando, but don’t have a reservation…don’t worry! They are allowing same day reservations to be made as long as there are spots available.
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Face Coverings

Employees and guests 2 years of age and older must wear face coverings while in the park. Guests are not required to wear them while eating and drinking, or in one of the two designated relaxation areas of the park.

Pro-Tip: Did you forget your face covering or want to get into the SeaWorld Spirit? They are selling themed face covers at the entrance to the park for $9.99 plus tax! I super love the sloth design!!!
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Stores

Inside the retail shops, you will see markings for physical distancing and signage directing guests to defined entrances and exits.

Also, you will notice that displays and fixtures have been spaced out to give guests more room to move around.

To minimize contact of items at checkout, bagging and wrapping materials will be given to customers.

Pro-Tip: Set up your mobile wallet before coming to the park so it’s one less thing to do during your day that takes time away from the fun!
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Restaurants

Restaurants across the park have new seating layouts to accommodate physical distancing.

Tables and chairs will be sanitized with increased frequency, condiment and topping stations will be closed, utensils will be pre-packaged, and guests with refillable products will be provided single-use alternatives.

In lieu of traditional menus, single-use paper menus will be used, and additional grab-and-go and pre-packaged food offerings will be added.

Buffet-style service areas will be adjusted or closed until further notice.

Pro-Tip: To avoid lines, try grabbing a bite to eat at times that might not be ‘normal’ dining times. I like to grab an early lunch and dinner so I have room for snacks! Did you see the rainbow cake in the case??? YUM!!!!
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Attractions & Play Areas

The queue lines for all rides have markings for physical distancing and modified seating has been implemented to maintain physical distancing. Currently, most attractions are only loading every other row.

Guests will also find that hand sanitizer is available at the entrance and exit of all rides, and the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of these areas has been increased.

There are specific protocols that have been implemented for water rides for employees and guests.

In addition, unless play areas meet distancing protocols, they will be temporarily closed.

Pro-Tip: Since attraction loading and unloading is different, be prepared for slightly longer waits than usual. I anticipate that as time goes on and Ambassadors become more accustomed to the new procedures the wait times will drop accordingly.
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Shows

Much like the attractions, the walkways of venues have markings for physical distancing and modified seating has been implemented to maintain physical distancing.

Since seating has been limited in their venues, SeaWorld Orlando has added extra shows so make sure to keep an eye on your schedule.

Pro-Tip: SeaWorld has gone paperless for their maps and showtimes, so make sure to download the official app, SeaWorld Discovery Guide, or use the QR code that is displayed in the park.
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Here’s a look at Momma Sasha and baby Spark who was born while the park was closed

Animal Interactions

In all open animal viewing spaces, SeaWorld Orlando has added markings to queues to indicate required distancing.

Certain animal interactions will be modified and only tours allowing for physical distancing will operate.

Some tours and interactions will be restricted to one-party at a time.

Pro-Tip: While some tours and animal interactions are not currently open, SeaWorld Orlando did say that they are actively working to reopen them as they are able to safely do so.
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I hope that this information and tips will help you have a great day exploring SeaWorld Orlando.

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Want to find out more information on the other parks?

Check out our other posts on the other theme park reopening announcements!

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City Works Announces Reopening

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City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs announced it will reopen Wednesday, June 10.

City Works is located next door to the NBA Experience and is Disney Springs’ premier sports restaurant and bar with its high-definition TVs; 90 local, regional, and global craft beers on tap; and a menu offering brilliant twists on American classics.

With a video wall that features a 168-inch, high-definition video screen complemented by four 110-inch and 12 65-inch screens, City Works is the perfect place to watch sports as professional leagues begin to announce their returns.

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Queso Dip

To celebrate its reopening, City Works is “gettin’ cheesy” with new menu items as part of its limited menu featuring:

  • Queso Dip that offers hot chorizo and pepper jack cheese to give it a subtle kick.
  • Rigatoni with goat cheese to make it creamy and delicious. Gluten-free pasta is also available.
  • Smoked Cheddar Mac is an adult version of classic mac and cheese, enhanced with bacon lardons and smoked cheddar cheese.
  • Their Tex Mex Mac is topped with crispy tortilla strips, providing a crunch to balance the creaminess of the dish.
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City Works Rigatoni

In addition to the new menu items, City Works is constructing a new canopy over its outdoor dining area that will soon be available for guests who prefer dining outside.

City Works offers 30-40% of its draft beer taps dedicated to local breweries and eight wines on draft. Guests can enjoy Happy Hour specials, including $2 off well drinks, local craft beers, glasses of wine, and $7 bar bites Monday through Thursday 3-6 p.m.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Rock and Roll Brunch will return on weekends soon.

City Works Disney Springs West Side Walt Disney World
Photo: City Works

City Works will implement a number of safety measures upon reopening. This includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all team members and increased cleaning protocols and precautions, including scheduled sanitizing of all shared su­rfaces eve­y 30 minutes, required hand washing every 20-30 minutes and seating following social distancing guidelines. City Works has created a Shift Safety Manager position to ensure these protocols are being followed. Hand sanitizer stations also will be located throughout the restaurant for guests.

If you are looking to make reservations to visit, make sure to visit their OpenTable page!

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SeaWorld Orlando Parks Reservation 411

SeaWorld announced today a phased reopening (with capacity limitations) of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove on June 11, 2020.

The reopening of the parks will include enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face-covering requirements, and temperature screening.

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

A new online reservation system will also help manage capacity so that guests can enjoy a safe and fun experience while maintaining physical distancing. The phased reopening plan was approved by the State of Florida.

“We thank Governor DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Demings, Orlando Mayor Dyer, and the members of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force for their support of tourism in Central Florida as we prepare to reopen our Orlando parks to the public on June 11,” said Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Over the past two months, we have worked with state and local health officials, third party medical and epidemiology experts, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and animals in our care, and will continue to follow the guidance of health officials as conditions evolve.”

Aquatica Orlando 2017

SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove have launched new safety websites with detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when the parks reopen, including key operational changes.

Specific information by park can be found by visiting the following websites:

“We couldn’t be more excited to reopen our three Orlando parks – SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove,” said Kyle Miller, president of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Discovery Cove. “We know our guests are anxious to return, and we’re working hard to provide a safe environment so they can enjoy many more memorable experiences with us and their friends and family.”

Discovery Cove Dolphin Experience

To help manage the capacity to maintain physical distancing within the parks, all parks will require advance online reservations.

Guests will be asked to visit the reservation pages of park websites where reservations will be required to guarantee entry given anticipated demand.

Reservations for SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove will be available starting at 10:00AM ET on June 8, 2020.

For more information on the online reservation process, please visit:

SeaWorld Orlando Welcome Harbour Vertical

We are really excited for SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove to once again welcome guests!!!

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SeaWorld Reopening Announcement – 411

During the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting on May 27th Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment unveiled their plan for reopening their parks in Orlando.

Let’s not waste any more time…on to the slides!!!!

SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove’s Reopening Proposal

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening Plan

SeaWorld will be holding an Employee Appreciation night on June 10 and will be reopening to the general public on June 11th with new procedures and protocols to ensure guest and team member safety.

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening Plan

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment are putting forth a comprehensive plan to enhance all aspects of park operations.

Before entering the park:

  • New signage and floor markings will be in place to communicate expectations and enhancements
  • Guest will be required to wear a face mask
  • Temperature screenings will be conducted prior to ticketing, and any guest with a temperature over 100.4 will not be admitted to the park
SeaWorld Orlando Reopening Plan

When entering the park, SeaWorld is implementing a number of new policies to increase safety by promoting physical distancing and sanitation.

  • Enhanced Cleaning protocols for arrival areas, attractions, restaurants, and retail shops
  • Increased space at turnstiles to accommodate physical distancing
  • Reduction of contact during ticketing by removing the fingerprint requirement to enter the turnstiles.

When it’s time to eat, you will notice a number of changes to restaurants and food offerings.

  • Increased access to touchless payment technology
  • Restaurants will have seating layouts modified to accommodate physical distancing
  • Tables and chairs will be sanitized regularly
  • Disposable paper menus will replace traditional menus
  • Buffets will be modified or closed
  • Additional prepackaged “Grab and Go” items will be made available

Additional enhancements will be made to retail shops to reduce guest interactions and increase safety.

  • New signage will be in place to designate entrance and exits to ensure a clear flow of traffic.
  • Queues will have floor markings for physical distancing
  • Restocking will be done after hours to reduce employee numbers in the shops when guests are present
  • Additional availability of touchless payment technology

Animal viewing areas and interactions will still be available but will be working with limited capacity or limited hours.

  • Animal viewing areas will remain open with limited capacity
  • Selected tours and interactions will be restricted to one party at a time
  • Only tours that can accommodate physical distancing will operate

SeaWorld’s water parks, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, will reopen to guests along with their other parks.

Increased cleaning and sanitation standards, limited guest capacity, and physical distancing measures are being put in place to ensure CDC recommendations for safety are fulfilled.

We will be updating you once the proposal has been approved and more details are announced.

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Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is now open, and currently operating in Phase 1 of their reopening strategy.

I was really excited to be there to see what everything was like, and to share my experience with you!

Here’s what I learned from my visit to Disney Springs that you might find helpful for your next visit!

Parking 411
Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks

Disney Springs is managing their parking a little differently than you would expect from their initial announcement.  

The Orange and Lime garages will both open however, they are opening the orange garage first to help manage the flow of guests into Disney Springs.

Upon entering the garage be sure to pay attention to new signs and to watch for additional directions from Cast Members. 

Currently they are not staggering parking spaces, so be prepared to park as normal.  

Pro-Tip:  If you want to avoid the crowds, your best access point will be the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Walkway as it has the least amount of foot traffic entering Disney Springs.

Don’t be intimidated by Temperature Check
Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks

After you have parked, it’s time to make your way to your Disney Springs pre-admission health check.

Advent Health employees are administering temperature checks at all points of entrance to Disney Springs, and any guest with a temperature over 100.4 will not be granted entrance.  

Pro-Tip: This is where they will have disposable masks if you do not have one. You will have to sign a form to receive one, but they are available. 

Wearing a mask takes some getting used to
Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks
Want to make a mask like this one? I’ve got you covered with a no-sew mask DIY!

Here’s the truth…

I visited Disney Springs from 9 AM until 3 PM, and it was a pretty hot day (it got up to around 97 degrees).  

I wore my mask the entire time, aside from the hour I was eating my lunch, and while it did get a little uncomfortable at times I walked for a while without stepping into a store I wouldn’t say it was unbearable.

The best thing you could do is listen to your body, and if you are getting overheated or overwhelmed step into a store or carry a small fan with you to get a little extra cool air on your face.

Wearing masks reduces the spread of germs, but it only works if everyone participates. Let’s start to change the paradigm of wearing a mask to an act of kindness! Think of it as your way to help others stay safe and healthy.

Pro-Tip: Don’t carry a drink or wear your mask incorrectly, because not only could you be stopped by security…other guests aren’t shy about speaking up. Just wear the mask. Don’t be that person!!!

Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks
THEY HAVE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING!!! Look how the lids of the trash can have been secured so you don’t have to touch them.
Speaking of Food
Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks

One of my favorite parts of visiting Disney Springs is grabbing a bite to eat because they have so many great options!

If you are planning to have a meal, make sure you make a reservation for full-service dining locations in advance to ensure you have a table as seating is limited.

Also most dining locations are not offering their full menus, so be sure to check in advance online to make sure that they have the dish you have been craving.

Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks

If quick service is more your thing, be patient as there have been long lines, especially at Chicken Guy. If you want to cut down on your wait, try eating an hour before or after a ‘typical’ mealtime.

Pro-Tip: Disney is waving 24-hour cancellation fees for missed reservations, so if you change your mind about going out or aren’t feeling up to it you can cancel up to the last minute.

Shopping
Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks

Many shopping locations are open for business, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you start your shopping spree!

First is that you will need to be be prepared for cashless transactions, since they are encouraging customers to pay with apps like Apple Pay over cash transactions.

If you do make a purchase, be a little extra patient as you are waiting in line as most locations are taking extra time between transactions to wipe down keypads between uses.

Make sure that you pay attention outside of stores for queues and social distancing markers. Busier stores, like Sugarboo & Co., are having their employees help regulate the flow of guests in their stores.

Pro-Tip: If a store you want to visit has a long queue to get in, enjoy a walk around D Springs visit when people would typically be eating. 

I had an amazing time at Disney Springs, and I’m excited about more stores & restaurants to open!!!

Disney Springs Reopening Phase 1 Tips and Tricks

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces Opening Date

Leadership at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced that the visitor complex will reopen to guests effective Thursday, May, 28, 2020 with reduced admission, attendance limits, and some attractions unavailable.

During the initial reopening phase, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will begin new measures and procedures in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Reopening May 28 2020

To reinforce guests’ health and safety:

  • A limited number of attractions and services will be available during this initial, reopening phase.
  • All guests will undergo a temperature screening upon arrival.
  • The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour will not be available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Face coverings will be required for employees and guests. Face coverings will be available for purchase at the front entrance.
  • New physical-distancing measures will be in place.
  • All guests are required to have a timed ticket, including annual passholders.
  • Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged to ensure entry due to limited capacity.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will continue the comprehensive and extensive availability of hand sanitizer throughout the park, as well as the increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and at workstations, countertops, doorknobs, and ticket counters.

These precautions are temporary and are subject to change at any time based on the recommendations of the CDC, State of Florida, and Brevard County. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex management continues to work closely with local, state, and federal experts to ensure that we are up to date on the situation as it evolves.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Reopening May 28 2020

Guests will also be able to purchase a space expert-led walking tour through Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden, Nature and Technology, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, NASA Now, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Astronaut Training Experience®. This tour, which will be limited to small groups, costs $49.99 and includes admission and a boxed lunch.

During the initial reopening, a limited-time “Explore Today, Explore Tomorrow” package, which will include daily admission, parking and a complimentary ticket to return to the visitor complex in 2021,  will be $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for children.

The operating hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Leadership will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments to the availability of exhibits, tours, and experiences as deemed safe and appropriate. To help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure guest and employee safety, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has taken and will continue to take action to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus based on the guidance of the CDC. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Additional details are available online.

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces Reopening Info

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Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Let’s not waste any time…I am so excited to let you know that LEGOLAND Florida Resort will officially reopen on June 1!!!!!

The Resort will initially open with adjusted operating hours. LEGOLAND Theme Park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and LEGOLAND Waterpark will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s extensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures have been endorsed by the Polk County Commission and Winter Haven Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler and now fully comply with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 2020-123.  

As the health and safety of guests and employees at LEGOLAND Florida Resort continues to be paramount, the plan includes reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices, and enhanced cleaning regimes.

The plan has been developed with measures based on government advice and the requirements of health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“As part of Merlin Entertainments, our leaders across the globe have been sharing best practices daily, and we’ve been able to apply what we’ve learned from other successful Merlin attraction reopenings to be confident with our Resort’s reopening plan. In addition, we have also sought guidance from our partners at AdventHealth,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort Rex Jackson. “We’re ready to play, and we look forward to reopening LEGOLAND Florida Resort as a safe and memorable place for families to play again.”

Here is a look at what guests can expect with the reopening of LEGOLAND Florida Resort on June 1, 2020:

PLANNING

Guests are encouraged to download the LEGOLAND mobile app and review the website in advance of their arrival, for a full outline of the parks’ new arrival and attractions procedures, as well as details on the enhanced cleaning measures.

Tickets and vacations should be booked in advance online, when possible.

Guests should be prepared to make on-site payments using a credit or debit card as cash will no longer be accepted on property. Guests experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 should refrain from visiting the Resort.

ARRIVAL

At the time of reopening, the Park will operate at 50 percent of its capacity.

If guests are arriving by car, they should expect to leave spaces in between vehicles and follow additional spacing instructions.

All park employees and guests will be required to undergo non-invasive temperature checks. Those with a temperature of 100.4 F will not be allowed entry, nor will those in their party.

THROUGH THE RESORT

Every employee at LEGOLAND will wear a facial covering, and we will provide complimentary masks to encourage all our guests, ages three and above, to do the same.

Brick-themed spatial markers and kid-friendly, parkwide signage will help remind guests of social distancing recommendations and hygiene practices.

More than 200 hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the park. Guests can view these locations on the LEGOLAND mobile app while traversing the park.

Character meet and greets and other select attractions will be suspended at the time of reopening.

Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day will disinfect high-frequency touchpoints, including ride restraints, tables and chairs, service counters, handles and door handles.

Guests will also see enhancements in our mobile app over the coming weeks that will allow them to reserve their spot in queue lines for major attractions directly from their own devices.

Along with the park and waterpark’s reopening, the all-new LEGOLAND

Pirate Island Hotel will debut on June 1. Reservations are available for travel dates June 1 or later for both LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel and LEGOLAND Hotel.

Guests can stay up-to-date, with operational changes, as well as health and safety enhancements online by visiting:

legoland.com/operations-update  

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