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Universal Orlando Resort Is Open! Here's What to Expect

Since Universal Orlando Resort reopened its parks June 5, we frogs have hopped to the parks a few times — including a visit to Volcano Bay! Initially, crowds were super light and we were able to ride more with less wait times (in our Hogwarts House masks, naturally)! Now that the theme parks been open for a couple of months, we have seen an increase in crowds and wait times, but mainly on the weekends due to more locals visiting. We're hoppy to share our experiences and help you prepare for your upcoming visit! We know you want to know what it's like to visit the parks now and more importantly whether it's worth it. While we can't make that decision for you, we have created a list of upsides to visiting any theme park during this time for you to consider

Keep in mind that no matter what area of Universal Orlando Resort you visit, there will be additional health and safety procedures in place. Face coverings and temperature checks will be required for all employees and guests, including at hotels. Universal will also limit capacity at each park to ensure social distancing. There will be additional health, safety and operational changes (that may be subject to change at any time) for team members and guests, which we'll get into in below. Let's hop to it!

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Universal Orlando Health and Safety Procedures

Universal Orlando Reopening - Temperature Screening

You can check the park's admission status at any time using the Universal Orlando app. You'll find this information under "Park Hours and Directions."

Before we get to the fun stuff, let's talk about the health and safety measures. During this reopening time, there are procedures in place to limit capacity and to appropriately space guests. Universal Orlando, in accordance with the state of Florida and local governing bodies, has put into practice the following general safety procedures to make things as safe as possible for guests.

Universal Orlando Resort Health Measures

  • Prepare for temperature checks upon arrival. Security officers will wave a contactless forehead thermometer in front of you. Hats or anything blocking your forehead should be removed. Guests with temperatures above 100.4 will not be admitted. The rest of the party will not be affected, as long as they stay under the 100.4-degree temperature limit.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet (or two meters).
  • Where present, guests should stand on floor markings until the group in front of you moves forward.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Parking will be staggered in garages to maintain distance. Valet parking is not currently allowed.

Universal Orlando Resort Face Covering Policies

Face coverings are required at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal has masks available for purchase. If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, you must visit Guest Services upon arrival about alternate accommodation, which is to wear a face shield during your visit. They will give you a wristband and approve of the alternate accommodation. Know that face shields may not be permitted on certain attractions, and guests will have to switch to a face covering for those experiences.

An appropriate face covering must fit the following criteria:

  • Must cover your nose and mouth and be secured under your chin
  • Must fit snugly against the sides of your face and be secured with ear loops or secured around your head

It is recommended that face coverings be at least two-ply (consist of at least two layers). A gaiter is considered an appropriate face covering as long as it covers your nose and mouth.

The following are not permitted at Universal Orlando:

  • Face coverings with exhalation valves
  • Face coverings that are not secured with ear loops or secured around your head
  • Face coverings that include mesh material or holes of any kind
  • Face coverings that are unable to be secured under your chin (such as bandanas)
  • Costume masks or veils, per usual costume guidelines

Universal Orlando Reopening - Family in Masks

Universal Orlando Resort Safety Measures

  • All team members are also undergoing temperature checks and are required to wear masks.
  • Capacity is limited to maintain social distancing.
  • Tables, chairs and all high-touch areas are being continuously cleaned and disinfected.
  • Cashless payments are available at all areas (guests can use mobile ordering at select locations).
  • Hand sanitizer locations are available throughout Universal and individual bottles are also available for purchase.

During our visit, passholders did not need to use the finger scan when entering the theme parks or traveling between parks on the Hogwarts Express (you'll need to show your ID). We saw team members frequently cleaning high-touch areas, and there was plenty of signage to show where restrooms are available for hand washing, along with hand sanitizer dispensers.

What happens if a park reaches capacity ?

If a park reaches capacity, arriving guests will not be able to enter until the capacity is lowered. There is no guarantee, but the park can reopen after it has reached capacity due to guests leaving. If you are a guest at a Universal Resort hotel or have purchased a date-specific ticket, you have been accounted for and will be allowed in if the park has reached capacity.

What to Expect When You Visit the Universal Orlando Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Reopening - Sisters in Masks

So what should you expect on your visit to the Universal Orlando theme parks? Well, fun of course! Yes, even in this crazy time, there is still so much fun to be had. That is why we're going, right??? We've had a hoppin' good time on each of our visits, even with the new social distancing and safety measures. And speaking of, one of the biggest changes to the parks is the expanded use of the virtual lines. It hasn't been in full use on all of our visits, perhaps because of overall lower crowds, but it helps to know a little bit more about it in case you go!

Virtual Line Experience & Wait Times

Universal Orlando Virtual Line System - Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Some rides, such as Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, already had existing virtual queues, but this virtual queue system has expanded to include some of the most hoppin' rides. To get the low down on Universal Orlando's Virtual Line Experience, check out our separate post about how to reserve a Virtual Line pass, plus a few tips and tricks!

As far as wait times go, we've experienced lower crowds during weekdays! During our initial June visits, we rode the Incredible Hulk Coaster within 15 minutes, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Revenge of the Mummy within 5 minutes. Race to New York Starring Jimmy Fallon was walk-on.

Since time has gone on and there have been discounted ticket specials (including the Buy Two, Get Two Days Free ticket and the Florida Resident ticket that allows unlimited visits until Dec. 24, 2020 for the price of one day), crowds and wait times have increased, especially over the weekends. We're not sure what the capacity limit is, but during our last visit over a weekend, it definitely felt busier than before. However, the pathways still had lots of room to properly social distance, even in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley) where the pathways are narrower.

Universal Orlando Reopening - Hogsmeade Crowds

Wait times may be high and appear to be very long, but keep in mind that the queues need to maintain social distancing measures. Even though the wait time for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey said 60 minutes, it actually only took us 20 minutes until we reached the loading station. That said, there may be delays for cleaning, which likely contributes to the higher wait times.

However, we were left frustrated with the Virtual Line Experience this time. A good portion of the rides at Universal Studios Florida were Virtual Line only, including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Revenge of the Mummy and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. We checked a few times in the afternoon, but there weren't any passes available whenever we looked. When the afternoon thunderstorm rolled in, other rides such as Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers: The Ride 3D and The Simpsons Ride had weather delays, leaving our options extremely limited. If we were able to do things differently, we would've checked and obtained Virtual Line passes when we arrived earlier in the morning.

We'll keep you updated on how the Virtual Line Experience works, as park capacity increases and crowd levels change.

New Ride Changes

On Aug. 9, 2020, Universal Orlando shut down the following rides and attractions temporarily:

  • A Day in the Park with Barney
  • Fast & Furious: Supercharged
  • Kang & Kudos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl
  • Fear Factor Live (used as a U-Rest area upon reopening)
  • Poseidon's Fury
  • Storm Force Accelatron

Universal Orlando Reopening - Line for Lockers

Ride queues had physical distancing floor markers, and ride vehicles had empty spaces between parties. As for lockers, ride attendants would direct you to specific locker stations and only allowed one member of each party to put everyone's belongings in a locker.

Universal Orlando Reopening - Gringotts Queue

The floor markings were at least six feet apart — and sometimes even further apart, so you wouldn't be close to other frogs on the other side of the queue's switchbacks. Pay close attention when you're in line. It can be hard to see where the next floor marker is, especially in the dark lighting of some queues, such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, or around corners. Sometimes, a team member will be stationed at those tricky spots to help guide you.

The pre-show and elevator simulator in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts were suspended. A team member handed the 3-D glasses to you instead of picking a pair up yourself. (Tip: Place the glasses over the top of your mask to limit as much fogging as possible! For more mask tips, read our separate post.) Universal was very good about spacing on rides too. Each party had its own row or ride vehicle, depending on the ride. (On the Hogwarts Express, we had our own cabin!) Rows or seats were left empty in between parties. Before the loading platform on each ride, a team member gave you a mandatory pump of hand sanitizer.

Bring a separate, small baggie to stash cloth masks on water rides if you don't have a spare.

For water rides (notably Jurassic River Adventure, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls and Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges), guests must wear masks while waiting in line. However, you can remove them while on the ride itself!

U-Rest Relaxation Zones

Universal Orlando Reopening - U-Rest Zone

Walking around the parks on a hot day while wearing a face covering can be challenging and uncomfortable at times. For this reason, Universal has set up U-Rest areas where guests can safely remove their masks. A team member keeps track of the capacity inside a U-Rest area so it doesn't overflow, but there is no time limit for how long you can stay. Parties can stick together, and there is seating available at each area.

Each park has multiple U-Rest areas. At Universal's Islands of Adventure, you can find them at Port of Entry, Seuss Landing and the former Sinbad Theater (we suggest this location because it's covered and the entire stadium is available so you can easily spread out). At Universal Studios Florida, the U-Rest areas are located at the Fear Factor Live stadium (the show is not available) and Central Park, across from the Animal Actors show.

As far as tips for wearing masks go, we highly suggest taking periodic breaks at these U-Rest areas. They gave us some relief throughout the day, and we felt toadally safe because the areas were large enough for parties to spread out. Here are more tips for wearing masks in the theme parks.

Shows and Play Areas

Universal Orlando Reopening - Triwizard Rally

While the majority of rides are open, some shows are not running, and most play areas are closed. In addition to Fear Factor Live, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration and The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle are not available. In theaters or stadiums, rows are blocked off entirely so guests are seated every other row. The team members guide you to your seats, and leave three empty seats between parties. At the conclusion of a show, guests are asked to remain seated and are directed to leave the theater row by row to avoid a mass exodus. If the show is outdoors, pay attention to the social distancing markers on the ground. The following play areas are also closed:

  • Camp Jurassic
  • Jurassic Park Discovery Center
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • Fievel's Playground
  • Me Ship the Olive
  • Curious George Goes to Town

Character Interactions 

Universal Orlando Reopening - Scooby Doo & Gang

Characters are still available for meet and greets ... from six feet apart or atop raised platforms. They are also sporting masks to maintain health and safety measures. (Psst ... he was hard to find, but the Knight Bus conductor can be found at the back of the bus!) Some show performers, such as the Frog Choir, wore masks as well. The Universal Superstar Parade is not running. However, we did see Spongebob and friends come out to say hi on their float at the Superstar Character Party zone by Mel's Drive-In. Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and Dora and Diego alternate at the party zone throughout the day. Team members kept everyone at a safe distance.

Restaurants and Mobile Ordering

Universal Orlando Reopening - Three Broomsticks

Universal's mobile ordering system has expanded to include more restaurants inside the parks! You can use the app to see which restaurants have the system in place. During our visit, we tried using mobile ordering for Three Broomsticks, which is new for the restaurant. Because it's dine-in only, you still had to wait in line for a table inside the restaurant (or the outdoor patio). We ordered using the app and hit Prepare My Order before getting in line. When we were told that we still had to wait in line, we were afraid that we hit Prepare My Order prematurely and our food would be ready before our table! However, that wasn't the case. Once we were eventually seated, a team member came over and we told her our order number. She notified the kitchen to prepare the food at that moment.

Inside, the tables were greatly spaced out and marked as "reserved" to block out tables. Utensils came in packaging, and condiments came in packets. While we noticed that a good majority of the restaurants were open and offered regular menu items, there were some locations that remained closed (Captain America Diner) or only offered outdoor seating (Lombard's).

Universal Orlando Reopening - Paper Menu at Mythos

For table-service restaurants, such as Mythos Restaurant, you'll find a team member at the entrance who is taking reservations. They will take your name, number of people in your party and your phone number (you'll get a text when your table is ready). They ask that you return within 10 to 15 minutes, but you can text the same number if you're running behind to let the staff know. Once seated, your hostess will give you a paper menu. A waiter will bring you the plates and silverware on a tray for you to pick up yourself.

What to Expect at Universal's Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando Reopening - Family with Masks at Volcano Bay

Note: Universal's Volcano Bay will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Sept. 8, 2020. Additionally, the park will close for the winter, beginning Nov. 2, 2020, reopening on or before March 1, 2021.

Things work a little differently at Universal's Volcano Bay, compared to the theme parks. Because it's a water park, you do not have to (and shouldn't) wear masks in the pools, lazy rivers and water slides. However, face coverings are still required at the temperature screening and security checkpoint, restaurants and retail shops. You'll also need to wear it while riding the shuttle to and from the parking lot, as well as entering and leaving the park. It's encouraged to wear one while you hop around the park, but know that most frogs opt for staying mask-free. If you do wear one around the park, we suggest having a plastic bag on hand. When you go on rides, you can leave it with your shoes at the cubbies provided.

Universal Orlando Reopening - Cleaning Inner Tubes at Volcano Bay

Team members in "dry" roles (at restaurants, gift shops, Guest Services, etc.) wear face coverings, and lifeguards wear balaclavas when they cannot socially distance. We saw team members cleaning and sanitizing life vests, rafts and inner tubes after each use. For rides with multi-person rafts, only one party is allowed in each raft. Standard height and weight requirements are still applicable. (Leap and Tad couldn't ride the Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides together because their combined weight wasn't 300 pounds.) Slides had social distancing markers on the ground to keep you at least six feet apart from other guests.

Mobile ordering is available at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club and Whakawaiwai Eats, as well as regular ordering with paper menus. Once you've ordered your food, a team member will hand you the drinks and direct you to the dining tables. Someone else will then seat you and ask for your order number. Voila, another team member will bring the food to your table! Utensils and condiments come separately packaged.

The majority of the rides are up and running. Some shops and restaurants remained closed, including Bambu, Kunuku Boat Bar and the Feasting Frog.

What to Expect at Universal Orlando Hotels

Universal Orlando Reopening - Water Taxi

Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests will not be turned away if the park reaches capacity, because they are accounted for when setting capacity limits. And don't froget, hotel guests get the benefit of Early Park Admission!

The phased reopening of hotels include Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites. Universal's Aventura Hotel and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opened initially, but both will be temporarily closing Aug. 21, 2020.

Because of increased demand, Universal is offering extended hours and Early Park Admission for hotel guests on select weekends in October ... at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure! If you'll be visiting on a weekend, and are a hotel guest, be sure to take advantage of this extra time in the parks. Because you have the flexibility to leave the parks and still be counted in the day's capacity, take the opportunity to hit CityWalk, take a mid-day nap or enjoy a dip in the pool during the day's busiest (and warmest) hours before hopping back to the parks in the evening.

We noticed that the Universal water taxis and buses are operating from the CityWalk docks and bus lanes respectively. Just like the queues in the theme parks, there were markers on the ground to indicate where to stand. Safety first!

What to Expect at Universal CityWalk

Universal Orlando CityWalk Reopening - Parking

Universal CityWalk is currently open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with a limited number of stores and restaurants in operation. Standard parking fees now apply (with free parking after 6 p.m.). However, valet parking is still not available at this time. The parking garages open at 7:30 a.m. daily. Cars are spaced out by leaving an empty parking space in between.

As you make your way toward the security hub before you enter CityWalk, you'll see signs about the health and safety information for all guests. Then, you'll have your temperature checked via an infrared thermometer. The temperature screening is a breeze! After you pass through, you can head to the regular bag check screening stations. There were floor markings on the ground to enforce social distancing.

The following Universal CityWalk restaurants, shops and entertainment are now open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily:

  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
  • Bigfire
  • Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market
  • Burger King Whopper Bar
  • Cinnabon (mobile ordering available)
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Fat Tuesday
  • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar
  • Hard Rock Cafe (requires a separate temperature screening)
  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame (mobile ordering available)
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (outside & Lone Palm)
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew
  • Panda Express
  • Pat O'Brien's
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery (mobile ordering available)
  • Starbucks
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
  • VIVO Italian Kitchen
  • Voodoo Doughnut (mobile ordering available)
  • Airbrush
  • Hair Wraps
  • Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company (retail only)
  • Quiet Flight Surf Shop
  • Universal Studios Store and select merchandise carts
  • Hollywood Drive-In Golf
  • Universal Cinemark

Each restaurant will have a limited menu and limited seating available. Dining reservations are not currently available. Other locations, such as the Blue Man Group and some nightclubs, remain temporarily closed. More locations may be added over time. Mobile ordering stations were located outside of the restaurants, so you don't even have to go inside to get your food!

Universal Orlando CityWalk Reopening - Voodoo Doughnut Mobile Ordering Station

We were craving a sweet treat from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, so we split a Cookie Jar milkshake. Penelope Toothsome and Jaques welcomed us back right outside! The process was easy peasy. To avoid any direct contact, the cashier placed the receipt in a bin so we could grab it, and when we got our milkshake, it was placed on a table. Then, another team member used a tong to hand out the straw and spoon, which were wrapped together in a napkin. Another team member directed us to the outdoor patio. Tables were separated, and only four guests can sit at a table, so larger parties will be split up.

We hope this gives you an idea of what to expect during the Universal Orlando reopening so you can best prepare your next trip. Keep in mind that health and safety procedures may differ from park to park (here are guides to visiting Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida) and are subject to change. While we frogs cannot wait to hop back to the parks, we understand it’s important to be safe in doing so — and that the comfort level is different for every family. Be sure to check back later, as we will update this post as new information becomes available. 

Related: Planning a Vacation in a Uncertain Time

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 20, 2020 at 3:24 p.m. vimermaid Says...

Have been to Universal, Disney and other parks in FL many times & have always used Undercover Tourist. Their ticket pricing in great, their information on the parks awesome. Their crowd calendars and touring plans are perfect. Highly recommend them. Also, follow their guides and media accounts so you can be the first to know about specials.

Oct 17, 2020 at 2:55 p.m. Sheri DeOrio Says...

Three days with Parkhopper is perfect.

Oct 13, 2020 at 7:59 p.m. Holly Says...

Thank you for the report I can't wait to go to Universal again!

Aug 29, 2020 at 1:16 a.m. kat humms Says...

Had to cancel our trip in May (all bought and paid for through undercover tourist) looking forward to being able to reschedule!

Jul 4, 2020 at 5:45 a.m. Abby Says...

We had a trip planned for Aug 22-28th with a 5 day pass for universal (to visit all 3 parks) we are traveling from Utah and have planned/saved for 2 years and we are wondering if it will be worth it to come or wait till there isnt as many guidelines (specifically the capacity limit). Im worried we might not get in or if we do get in not be able to get to ride everything with the virtual queues. Any suggestion? Its not our first time to the parks and we are happy to wait we just want it to still be fun and worth it! Is it super hot wearing the mask in the heat and humidity?

Jun 26, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. Anitra Dee Says...

So if I'm only staying on property one night and we counted for the arrival day and the checkout day?

And if so does that mean I don't have to worry about getting my tickets validated for either day? I've already purchased tickets from you.

Jun 29, 2020 at 5:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anitra!

Yes, you are counted as part of the park's daily capacity for each day of your stay, including check-in and check-out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 15, 2020 at 9:46 p.m. Holly Says...

You said people with express pass can walk up to any ride except Hagrid?

How hard was it to get a pass for Hagrid?

Jun 17, 2020 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

It hasn't been too bad to get a pass for Hagrid's! The first day that we tried, we had arrived a little after park opening and they were all gone (the virtual pass system opens up right around park opening, so we recommend getting there early to give it a shot!). However, we kept trying throughout the day and were able to get one. We've heard it's continued to get easier to snag one, and have even heard reports of some lucky ducks getting to ride Hagrid's multiple times in one day :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 15, 2020 at 8:09 p.m. Sirkka Says...

If we get 4 day ticket and have total 5 days in Orlando but will not get into the park -let’s say - two of the days if it has reached capacity. That means we’ll not be able to use all 4 days. Does Universal have any refund policy or they just expect everyone to go line up at dawn. It will get busier when NE schools end so I see this as a potential major issue.

Jun 19, 2020 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sirkka!

At this time, there is no refund policy (and the parks haven't reached capacity just yet, as you noted). That said, if that were to happen, we are confident that Guest Relations would be able to help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 15, 2020 at 6:46 p.m. Heather Says...

How is rider swap working?

Jun 17, 2020 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

From what we've seen, the Rider Swap rooms are currently closed to maintain social distancing, but the system is still available. You'll walk through the queue to get your Rider Swap pass and then exit back out into the park. The first party rides and meets up with the second party; then the second party comes back up the exit, stands on the designated floor marking at the front of the exit queue, hands over the Rider Swap pass and hops on!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 15, 2020 at 6:34 p.m. Amy S Says...

With summer outdoor temps rising, there’s a likely chance peoples external forehead temperatures may not be accurate. I hope there’s accountability for that from the parks on hot Florida days.

Jun 15, 2020 at 5:42 p.m. Maggie Says...

Hi. If I stay at a Universal resort will I be guaranteed to get in no matter what time I arrive at the park

Jun 15, 2020 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie!

That's correct - Universal Orlando hotel guests are guaranteed entry, no matter what time they arrive.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 15, 2020 at 5:42 p.m. Martin Kalevik Says...

Do you know if Universal Hollywood Horror nights will be open this year, and do you sell tickets for that as well?

Jun 16, 2020 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin!

We do not have any updates on Universal Hollywood Horror Nights yet. We’ll update our posts as soon as we hear!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 10, 2020 at 3:14 a.m. Amy Says...

Any thoughts on whether there is any benefit to buying Express Passes? We will be there over July 4th, so presumably as busy as they will allow.



Jun 10, 2020 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Generally, our advice is always to spring for Express because it is so nice to skip the lines! But right now, crowds are pretty manageable due to limited capacity, which means the waits are pretty manageable too :) The biggest benefit to Express right now is that you can skip the virtual pass if you have it (except for Hagrid's, which doesn't have Express). Knowing that July 4 may see larger crowds, Express may be a nice addition to have so that you can continue to skip the virtual pass with more people in the park (and get more done!). If you're still unsure, you can also upgrade in the park once you arrive! Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 6, 2020 at 12:35 p.m. Sharon Orr Says...

Wondering how passholders will be affected? we were told passes would be extended as long as the parks were closed, however, most people, like ourselves, were only able to go this past spring....I feel our passes should be extended until December as there is no way we can get back, nor would we want to take a chance on returning at this point!

Jun 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Janette Says...

As there is limited capacity at the parks, do i have to pre book or do I just turn up as before.

Jun 8, 2020 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janette!

No reservations are necessary to enter Universal Orlando Resort! You can show up as usual. However, because capacity is limited, we recommend planning to be there at park opening. Give yourself a little extra time to park and get through screening checkpoints :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 5, 2020 at 4:26 p.m. Jane Says...

How do you make reservations for the parks? Worried about flying down and not being able to get in

Jun 8, 2020 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

No reservations are necessary to enter Universal Orlando Resort at this time. As you noted, capacity is limited, so we recommend getting there at park opening (give yourself a little extra time to park and go through the screening points). The initial few days the parks have been reopened, crowds have been very, very light! Universal Orlando hotel guests also receive Early Park Entry benefits, and hotel guests will not be turned away if the park reaches capacity, because they are accounted for when setting capacity limits. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 1, 2020 at 3:12 p.m. Jenny Says...

At the water parks, will masks be required? How will that work on water rides???

Jun 3, 2020 at 5:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

That is a great question, and we aren't entirely sure how this will work in practice just yet. Per Universal, face masks will be required at Volcano Bay, but will not be allowed on attractions featuring lots of water effects, pools or slides. Universal also recommends wearing masks in the park when social distancing isn't possible. We're hopping to the parks once they open, so we'll be sure to update our posts (and this message!) with advice on how to best go about this ASAP :) For now, our best advice would be to bring the mask with you and wear it to enter the park, then leave it in the locker when you're hitting the attractions, hopping back for it when you'll be taking a break to lounge or heading to grab a bite.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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