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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.