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.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
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.

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
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. 

Walt Disney World Reopening Theme Park Essentials
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: 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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On the Go in the Parks: June 26-28

On the Go in the Parks June 26 to 28 2020

Don’t forget to tune in to News 96.5 at 6:38pm ET tonight to hear me take about all this and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!

If you are looking to get out of the house for some fresh air there are plenty of options for you this weekend!

Just make sure to grab your mask before you head out!

What’s New this Weekend On the Go in the Parks 

How to Prepare for the Park Pass System at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Park Pass Reservations

The Walt Disney World Park Pass system is now open for Annual Passholders to make reservations, and on June 28th the system will open for all theme park ticket holders.

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

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The park has several guest requirements in place, and the biggest one is that you must have a reservation to visit the park. 

Each park has its own reservation page:

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SeaWorld Orlando 

10am – 6pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

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Aquatica 

10am – 5pm

The park is open 5 days a week, and closed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the month of June.

Discovery Cove Welcome

Discovery Cove

7:30am – 5:30pm

The park is open 4 days a week, and closed on Tuesday to Thursday in the month of June.

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disney Springs

Disney Springs 

10am – 10pm

The Disney owned locations are now open!!! This includes Goofy’s Candy Company, Disney’s Days of Christmas, and the small kiddie rides…which ironically are the only Disney attractions operating in North America…crazy!!!!

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Universal Studios Florida

9am – 7pm

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

9am – 7pm

Volcano Bay

10am – 6pm

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Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

8am – 11pm

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LEGOLAND Florida

Let’s take a look at the other attractions open around Orlando!

10am – 5pm

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Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

ICON Park ICON Wheel Bowl Game Colors

ICON Wheel

Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 1pm-10

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SEALIFE Orlando

Wednesday – Thursday: 11am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Monday – Tuesday

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Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

10am – 5pm Daily

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Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Noon – 10pm

Masks are now required at this Fun Spot Orlando location

Fun Spot Kissimmee 

2850 Florida Plaza Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Noon – 10pm 

Please note that local ordinance requires face masks be worn at our Kissimmee location. We recommend you bring your own.

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Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

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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

2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
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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

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

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

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

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!!!!
SeaWorld Orlando Reopening June 11 2020

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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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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On the Go in the Parks: May 22-25, 2020

On the Go in the Parks May 22-25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!!

It’s been a crazy busy week for theme park fans!!!

The opening announcements, including the Universal Orlando Resort and LEGOLAND Florida Resort, have been flying in so let’s get to it!!!

What’s New This Weekend On the Go in the Parks

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Madame Tussaud’s Orlando

ICON Park Orlando

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Monday: 11am – 6pm

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SEALIFE Orlando

ICON Park Orlando 

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Monday: 11am – 6pm

As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.

For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

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Starflyer Orlando

ICON Park

Saturday: 2pm – 10pm

The times for operation vary per day, so make sure to check out their website before you go!

Gatorland Orlando Social Distancing Skunk On the Go in the Parks

Gatorland Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

Saturday: 10am  

Just make sure you stay on the lookout for their Social Distancing Skunk Ape!!!

Fun Spot America reopening On the GO in the Parks

Fun Spot Orlando

5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819

Friday: 2pm – 10pm

Saturday and Beyond: Noon – 10pm

Officials said masks are not required but encouraged. 

Island H20 Live reopening On the GO in the Parks

Island H2O

Sunset Walk

Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm

Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks 

Disney Springs 

Daily, 10am – 10pm

Disney Springs Reopening

It was really great to have a portion of the Walt Disney World Resort open again for guests, and even better that I had the opportunity to visit!!!

If you are going to make your way to Disney Springs, make sure that you bring your mask, make any dining reservations you would like in advance online, and take the time to be patient as Cast Members are still getting used to new cleaning procedures. 

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Daily, 4pm – 10pm

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Cashless 
  1. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free
  1. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check 
  1. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

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Universal Orlando Reopening Plan Submitted

During the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on May 21st, Universal Orlando’s Chief Administrative Officer John Sprouls and Rich Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Universal Orlando submitted a reopening plan that would begin June 1, 2020.

Here are the highlights from the Universal Orlando Reopening plan presented during the call:

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Universal Orland Reopening plans shows that the park will open in a gradual managed way starting June 1st and 2nd for team members, June 3rd and 4th will be open to selected invited guests in order to test the new procedures, and on June 5th, the parks will be open to the general public.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

The Universal Orlando Resort also announced their plans for Team Member health screenings, additional breaks, and safety.

Guests will receive pre-arrival communication ensuring they understand what measures are being put in place for safety as well as what will be expected of them upon entering the park. 

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Additional communication will be delivered via the Universal Orlando App, new signage, and ambassadors throughout the park.

In addition to the existing social distancing measures put in place at the entrance of City Walk the parking lot will have staggered spaces, and the valet service will be suspended until further notice.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

Temperature checks and face coverings will be required for all guests and team members.  If guests do not have masks, they will be provided by Universal Orlando.

Team members will begin training on new procedures beginning May 23rd in preparation for reopening.

Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Presentation 5 21 2020

A number of modifications will be made to attractions and play areas including:

  1. Interactive play areas will be closed
  2. Water effects and misters have been disabled on attractions
  3. Access to virtual queue technology has been expanded to include additional attractions
  4. Single Rider lines will be closed to stop comingling of parties
  5. Ride queues have been updated to allow for social distancing with markers

Entertainment will continue, but there will be no up-close character or performer meet and greets.

Dining locations will offer disposable paper menus and expanded mobile ordering.

All attractions, merchandise stores, and dining locations will have hand sanitizer stations at all entrances and exits.

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Mobile Ordering
Universal Orlando Resort

Digital payments through ApplePay, GooglePay, or the Universal Orlando App will be accepted at all locations.  Cash will not be refused, but additional precautions are in place to ensure the safety of guests and team members with these transactions.

Representatives from The Orange County Recovery Task Force as well as The Florida Department of Health did an onsite inspection of the steps put in place by Universal Orlando, and were satisfied with the results.

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Disney Springs Reopening: Official List

Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is opening tomorrow with new guidelines for guests, and I am really excited to share the official list of dining and retail locations that will be opening!

Disney Springs Reopening
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:

  1. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  2. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  3. The BOATHOUSE
  4. Chicken Guy!
  5. Earl of Sandwich
  6. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  7. Frontera Cocina
  8. Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  9. Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  10. Planet Hollywood
  11. The Polite Pig
  12. STK Orlando
  13. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace
  14. Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
  15. T-REX
  16. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  17. Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
  18. YeSake Kiosk

Before you go to Disney Springs, make sure to know these 6 things before you go!

Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:

  1. Anthropologie
  2. The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
  3. Basin
  4. Chapel Hats
  5. Columbia Sportswear
  6. Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
  7. Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
  8. Free People
  9. Happy Hound
  10. Lucky Brand
  11. Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
  12. Pandora Jewelry
  13. Pelé Soccer
  14. Pop Gallery
  15. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  16. Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
  17. Sanuk
  18. Savannah Bee Company
  19. Sosa Family Cigars
  20. Sugarboo & Co.
  21. UGG
  22. UNIQLO
  23. UNOde50
  24. Volcom
  25. Vera Bradley
  26. ZARA

It was announced last week, and you can read more about it here, but here are dining locations opening May 22nd include:

  1. Morimoto Asia
  2. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  3. Pizza Ponte
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

And the Walt Disney World Resort Announced that select locations operated by Disney will be opening May 27th, and they include:

  1. World of Disney
  2. Marketplace CoOp
  3. DLuxe Burger – mobile ordering

This is an ever-changing list and things could be different up to the last moment, so make sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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No-Sew T-Shirt Mask DIY

With the reopening of places like Disney Springs and Universal Orlando’s CityWalk requiring guests to wear face coverings, I thought I’d share an easy, no-sew mask that I found on the Cricut website that you can make with something you have in your closet…a t-shirt!!!

How to Make a No-Sew T-Shirt Mask Perfect for the Theme Parks

What you’ll need:
No-Sew T-Shirt Mask Directions:
No-Sew T-Shirt Mask DIY

Step 1: Cut out the appropriate size mask template for your project.

Step 2: Fold your t-shirt in half down the center of the garment. Do not use the side seams. 

Step 3: Layout the t-shirt on a flat surface and smooth out the wrinkles by hand.

Step 4: Plan out where you would like to cut from the t-shirt.

Tip: With the proper planning, you can get quite a few masks from each t-shirt!

No-Sew T-Shirt Mask DIY

Step 5:  Place your mask template along the fold of the t-shirt.

Tip: Using straight pins to secure your pattern to the t-shirt can make cutting your pattern out easier. 

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Step 6: Use scissors to cut around the pattern.

Tip: Don’t stress about making the cuts perfectly at first, because it’s super easy to go back and clean-up any areas. 

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Step 7: To cut the slits, fold the fabric & template so that the slits can be cut easily.

Tip: Use smaller scissors for a more precise cut.

Step 8: If you chose to use pins, take them out before removing the pattern, and unfolding the fabric.

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Step 9: At each slit, gently tug on the fabric on the outside of the slit to stretch out the material. Repeat for each slit.

Step 10: Wear your mask and enjoy your time outside!

How to Wear Your No-Sew T-Shirt Mask:
  • Fold the top edge of both layers down about .5″ (1.3 cm) and bring to your face, with the inner layer against your face, holding by the top loops on both sides.
  • Loop the top slits over your ears on each side.
  • Bring the bottom slits up to loop over your ears on each side. 
  • Adjust the fit as necessary.
No-Sew T-Shirt Mask DIY - Putting your mask on

What do you think??? They’re so easy to make and super lightweight!

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On the Go in the Parks: May 15-17, 2020

On the Go in the Parks may 15 2020

IT IS GOOD TO BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has been far too long since we have been On the Go in the Parks!!!

Don’t forget to tune into News 96.5 WDBO this evening to hear me talk about these events and more on Orlando’s Evening News with Tony Marino!!!

Are you ready? Let’s Go!!!

On the Go in the Parks: Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Let’s Start over at the Universal Orlando Resort for the reopening of CityWalk!

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk was really the ‘Epicenter of Awesome’ this week as they opened with limited operations. 

It was so great to once again see people roaming CityWalk, but I will caution you that I expect the area to be busy this weekend so there a few things you can do to cut down on your waits!

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App – Be ready to make those Cashless purchases and make sure to link your Universal Orlando Resort Pass for discounts!
  2. Plan to arrive early: They are limiting the number of guests they are allowing in the CityWalk area, and there can be a back up at the parking plaza as self-parking is free.
  3. Be prepared  – Have that mask on and ready as you approach the temperature check so security can pass you as quickly as possible.
  4. Be patient – Mind those 6ft social distancing markers on the ground, relax, and make sure to enjoy your time once again at Universal’s CityWalk!!!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is open daily from 4-10 pm, but please remember that the theme parks and resorts are still currently closed. 

On the Go in the Parks: Disney Springs

While I know it is a bit early…let’s look ahead to the opening of Disney Springs on May 20, 2020!

Disney Springs Reopening

There is so much to look forward to, and new information is coming out everyday!

Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
  1. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  2. STK Orlando
  3. Wine Bar George
  4. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  5. YeSake
  6. The Polite Pig
  7. Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co.
  8. 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  9. Sunshine Churros
  10. Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
  11. Earl of Sandwich – Just Announced
  12. Planet Hollywood Observatory – Just Announced
  13. Chicken Guy – Just Announced
  14. The Boathouse – Just Announced
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
  1. American Threads
  2. Anthropologie 
  3. Crystal Arts by Arribas Bros.
  4. Free People
  5. Pele Soccer
  6. Pop Gallery
  7. Ron Jon Surf Shop
  8. Uniqlo
Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 22nd include:
  1. Pizza Ponte
  2. Morimoto Asia
  3. Morimoto Asia Street Food
  4. Vivoli il Gelato

We are still waiting on a lot of details about the opening of Disney Springs, so make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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Disney Springs Reopening: More Restaurants Opening Soon

Disney Springs Reopening- More Restaurants Opening Soon

You know it is going to be a great day when we can start it off by sharing additional openings coming soon to Disney Springs!!!

The Patina Restaurant group announced that four of the Disney Springs dining locations that they operate will open on May 22nd with a new “Dine Safe” program.

The dining locations that will be resuming their operations with limited menus for lunch and/or dinner service include:

Vivoli Il Gelato At Disney Springs
  • Vivoli il Gelato – Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Morimoto Asia (Main Dining Room Dinner Service) – Open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food (Outdoor Dining Lunch & Dinner Service) – Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Pizza Ponte (Indoor/Outdoor Dining Lunch & Dinner Service) – Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the operating hours listed are tentative and could change.

Disney Springs Reopening

Now, let’s take a look at their new “Dine Safe” program that is being implemented across all of their locations.

Disney Springs Patina Group Dine Safe Program May 2020

The “Dine Safe: Commitment to Care” program is a comprehensive set of reengineered operating procedures to minimize contact risk and bolster hygiene protocol that meet or exceed the best-practice guidelines recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“These heightened sanitation standards will help us manufacture a dining environment that keeps guests and our team members as safe as possible,” said Kyle Collins, Director of Marketing for Patina in Florida. “The health, wellbeing, and peace of mind of our guests, team members, and the community remain our highest priorities.” 

The key components of the Dine Safe program include:

The Dining Room and Guest Experience:

  • To enhance health and safety measures, guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times except while eating and drinking.
  • Ensuring current social distancing procedures are upheld via the redesign of table layouts for seating guests as directed by local and state regulators and in compliance with the CDC.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, including hourly disinfecting as needed for all high-touch surfaces. 
  • Multiple hand-sanitizing stations strategically placed throughout our facilities.
  • Controlled access to the facility to carefully monitor incoming and outgoing patrons and employees through clearly designated entrances and exits.
  • Using single-use menus to limit contact. 

Team Member Safety Measures: 

  • Undergo a health check when they report to work.
  • Sanitize their hands when they report to work and are required to wash and sanitize their hands every 20 minutes throughout the shift.
  • Wear masks while on duty.
  • Undergo a comprehensive “Dine Safe” Training Program. 

“We look forward to welcoming our guests back very soon and are dedicated to continuing to deliver an unparalleled dining experience,” Collins said.

The remaining Patina Restaurant Group-operated locations at Disney Springs including Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and The Edison will also be resuming their operations soon, and we’ll be sure to share that news as soon as it becomes available!

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Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Update

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening

CityWalk, at the Universal Orlando Resort, will begin limited operation of select venues on Thursday, May 14 from 4-10 pm daily as they take the first steps toward reopening the destination.

Let’s talk about what you will find once the area begins its limited operations!

5 things to know about Universal Orlando’s CityWalk Limited Operations

1. What safety measures will be in place for guests?

The Universal Orlando Resort is working closely with local health officials and their own health and safety experts and adhere to CDC guidelines. 

Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Reopening Safety
Universal Orlando Resort

Here are specific safety measures you will find when Universal Orlando’s CityWalk begins limited operations:

  • Team Members will undergo temperature checks and will wear face coverings.
  • Temperature checks for each guest will be taken upon arrival. If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, they will not be able to enter CityWalk.
  • The Universal Orlando Resort will require guests to wear face coverings during their visit, and they will have complimentary disposable face coverings as well as face coverings available for purchase at cost. If a guest has a disability that prevents them from wearing a facial covering, they’ll be directed to the Guest Services team to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • Each venue will limit the capacity to help enforce social distancing, and all chairs and tables will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each seating. High-touch surfaces throughout CityWalk will be frequently cleaned and disinfected as well.
  • Cashless payments will be available at all venues.

Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend.

People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and the Universal Orlando Resort cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

2. Where can I park?
Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Parking

During the limited operations of Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, self-parking is complimentary and is subject to change.

Valet parking will not be available at this time.

3. What entertainment venues will be open?
Hollywood Drive-In Golf Golf at Universal Citywalk

You can take advantage of the lovely weather and take a swing at Hollywood Drive-In Golf™.

However, you will want to keep in mind that Blue Man Group, all nightclubs, and Universal Cinemark will remain temporarily closed at this time.

4. What restaurants will be open?
Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Mobile Ordering
Universal Orlando Resort

Select full-service restaurants and quick-service food locations will be open including:

It is important to note that each restaurant will have a limited menu and limited seating available, and reservations are recommended for full-service restaurants.

Guests are also encouraged to go contact-free with the Official Universal Orlando app, available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.

5. What shopping locations will be open?
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While additional shopping locations may open, currently the following CityWalk locations are scheduled to open May 14, 2020:

To prepare for your visit, you can find more information on the CDC guidelines here and more information about Universal Orlando’s policies during this time here.

Again, please keep in mind that Universal Orlando’s theme parks and hotels as well as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Hollywood remain closed through at least May 31, 2020.

Shelley at Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk Entrance February 2020

I am soooo excited to see locations begin to reopen, and I can’t wait to visit Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

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