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Latest COVID-19 Information on Florida and the Theme Parks

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On this page you will find all the latest information on Florida’s theme parks response to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, how it impacts on visitors to Florida and to the parks, specific theme park guest requirements, closures and suspensions and a timeline of how the virus has impacted Florida and the theme parks.

The global COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 has had an enormous impact across the world and in Florida, particularly on the tourist industry with many international flights being cancelled and hotels and restaurants closing.


Whilst foreign visitors who have come from several countries are still banned from entering the United States, visitors from certain designated high risk areas in the United States itself, namely the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York) must self quarantine on arrival into Florida for 14 days or the length of their stay if less than 14 days.

Non US travellers who have visited the following countries in the last 14 days are currently banned from entering the United States:

  • China
  • Iran
  • Europe’s Schengen Area
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil

All sea borders and the land borders with Canada and Mexico are also closed to foreigners at this time.

The only exceptions are returning US citizens and certain individuals who are regarded as “essential travellers”.

Only a handful of US airports are allowed to accept international flights and the only airport in Florida on the list is Miami International Airport (MIA).

As the number of cases has increased in some states such as Florida, other states are now imposing reciprocal quarantine orders. Visitors from states where the positive test rate is greater than 10% are being forced to quarantine which could mean quarantining twice, once when arriving in Florida and then again on returning home.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s Theme Parks

As it became apparent how contagious the virus was, all of Florida’s theme parks, state parks and beaches were closed.

On April 1, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order and on May 1 the Re-Open Florida Task Force released a proposed four phase plan (0 through 3) for opening up Florida again.

As infection levels across Florida started to decline, all the theme parks looked to re-open though it is a different experience in some ways to those pre-pandemic days.

All now have new operating procedures in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and local State recommendations not only in terms of health and safety enhanced cleaning protocols but also in terms of the numbers of guests allowed into the parks, temperature and health checks on entry, face coverings (for both guests and employees) and social distancing.

Initial hours of opening have been reduced and this was further restricted following the issuing of curfews as a result of street protests around the world after the death of George Floyd on May 25 whilst being restrained by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Some upcoming seasonal theme park events have also been cancelled (more details below).

All parks are recommending you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid having to visit the ticket windows and some are actually only allowing guests who have made a reservation for a specific day (and in some cases time).

It is also worthwhile downloading the parks own mobile apps as many have been updated to reflect the latest information in terms of park hours, location of hand sanitisers and closures.

All staff are temperature checked on arrival and must wear face coverings (of the nose and mouth) though not all parks are insisting that guests wear face coverings. Coverings are not needed when eating or drinking for obvious reasons!

Some parks are selling masks and others are providing complimentary disposable masks but you should not rely on masks being available and it is a good idea to always bring at least one spare in case you lose one or it gets wet.

Children under the age of two are not required to wear a mask as per CDC recommendations.

Note that most parks have issued a waiver stating that guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.

One upside is that if you are able to get into the parks then they will be quieter than normal whilst capacity is limited.

Florida Theme Park Arrival Checks

Most parks are adopting staggered car parking, leaving spaces between parked cars and social distancing when approaching the turnstiles.

Nearly all the parks are using non-invasive temperature checks and if anyone in a party is found to have a high temperature (typically more than 100.4° Fahrenheit, 38° Celsius) then the whole party will not be allowed admission.

Naturally anyone who has tested positive or been in contact with someone suspected of having the virus in the last 14 days or is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms like coughing or difficulty breathing will not be admitted and must self quarantine.

The complete list of typical symptoms that may be checked for in health checks on arrival includes:

  • temperature at or more than 100.4° Fahrenheit, 38° Celsius
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fevers or chills
  • fatigue
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • recent loss of taste or smell

Basically anyone who exhibits typical cold/flu symptoms.

People who have come from a high risk area, travelled internationally or been on a cruise in the last 14 days will typically not be admitted either.

Guest Experience In The Florida Theme Parks

The three biggest changes are social distancing, face covering and reduced capacity.

Not all rides, shows and attractions have opened and most are operating at a reduced capacity to comply with social distancing requirements. Current guidance is to keep at least 6 feet (2 metres) between yourselves and other guests apart from members of your own party).

Single rider lines have been stopped to ease social distancing requirements and typically gaps are being left between rows on ride vehicles and roller coasters.

Parks have introduced ground markings to assist with social distancing especially at park entrances and in attraction lines and shops, implemented single direction flow especially in narrow areas and installed plexiglass screens in high traffic areas.

Social distancing is now enforced on character meet-and-greet interactions (when still operating) and most shows including nighttime fireworks and lasers and daytime parades have been cancelled as it is impossible to realistically manage social distancing with large crowds.

Park restaurants have been adapted to comply with social distancing with extra space between tables both inside and outside. Some restaurants remain closed and others have reduced the number of items on their menus.

To help reduce the number of touch points restaurants are typically using single-use paper menus and disposable pre-wrapped cutlery. Condiment stations are being shut and instead pre-wrapped condiments provided with the meal.

Hand sanitisers are being installed, particularly at entrances and exits of attractions and rides and extra sanitising is being performed on rides.

In most parks, face covering is mandatory but several parks have introduced “rest” areas with seating where subject to social distancing you can remove your masks.

Cash has pretty much been banned and the use of contactless payments like Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay is encouraged where possible. Most will still accept debit or credit cards.

In the resort hotels contactless servicing for checkout and room deliveries are used wherever possible.

Summary of Florida Theme Park COVID-19 Opening Guest Requirements

Nearly all theme parks have introduced non-invasive temperature checks and are limiting capacity. Most parks have made face coverings mandatory for anyone aged 2 and older.

Many parks have introduced advanced ticket reservations for a specific date to ease capacity limits. Where no ticket reservations are required then admission is strictly on a first come, first served basis and admission will be refused if the park reaches capacity.

The following table shows a list of Florida attractions in “date opening” sequence with information on whether face covering is mandatory, whether temperature checks are performed on arrival and whether reservations are required.

Clicking on the theme park names will take you to further details about the park’s new operating regime.

Theme Park Opening date Masks required Temperature checksTicket reservations
Universal CityWalkMay 14Mandatory YesNo
Madame TussaudsMay 15RecommendedNoNo
Sealife Orlando AquariumMay 15RecommendedNoNo
CoCo Key Resort and Water ParkMay 18RecommendedTBA TBA
Disney Springs May 20Mandatory aged 2 and up YesNo
Fun Spot OrlandoMay 22Mandatory from June 20Yes †No
Fun Spot KissimmeeMay 22Mandatory Yes †No
GatorlandMay 23RecommendedYes ◊No
Island H2O Live! Water ParkMay 23Recommended in designated areasYes †No
Kennedy Space Center Visitor ComplexMay 28Mandatory YesYes
LEGOLAND FloridaJune 1RecommendedYesNo ‡
The Wheel at ICON ParkJune 3RecommendedNoNo
Universal Studios Florida June 5Mandatory YesNo
Universal’s Islands of Adventure June 5Mandatory YesNo
Universal’s Volcano Bay June 5Mandatory YesNo
SeaWorldJune 11Mandatory aged 2 and up YesYes
Busch GardensJune 11Mandatory aged 2 and up YesYes
Aquatica OrlandoJune 11Mandatory aged 2 and up in designated areasYesYes
Discovery CoveJune 11Mandatory aged 2 and up in designated areasYesYes
Adventure IslandJune 11Mandatory aged 2 and up in designated areasYesYes
Magic Kingdom July 11Mandatory aged 2 and up ♦ YesYes
Disney’s Animal Kingdom July 11Mandatory aged 2 and up ♦ YesYes
Disney’s Hollywood Studios July 15Mandatory aged 2 and up ♦ YesYes
Epcot July 15Mandatory aged 2 and up ♦ YesYes
Typhoon Lagoon TBA TBA TBA TBA
Blizzard Beach TBA TBA TBA TBA
ESPN Wide World of Sports ComplexTBA TBA TBA TBA
The Holy Land ExperienceTBA TBA TBA TBA

Notes on Summary Table of Florida Theme Park COVID-19 Opening Guest Requirements

  • TBA — To be advised
  • † — health check questions rather then temperature check
  • ‡ — advance ticket purchase recommended
  • ◊ — temperature check guests who are exhibiting symptoms
  • ♦ — Walt Disney World has banned bandanas and neck gaiters, all masks must be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Water parks and theme parks with water rides do not require face coverings/masks when guests are actually in the water or on a water ride

It is hoped a lot of these changes will be temporary but it is too early to tell and will depend upon a number of factors.

Further detailed information about specific Florida Theme Parks

Below you will find more detailed COVID-19 related information on Florida’s major theme parks.

Walt Disney World Resort

Disney has announced dates for the re-opening of Disney Springs and their four theme parks but has not yet confirmed how they will manage the re-opening of the two water parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Whilst Universal opened all three parks a month before July 4th Independence Day, Disney is taking longer and rather than opening all four theme parks on the same day they are starting by opening Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom a week after Independence Day and then Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios a few days later.

Throughout Walt Disney World Resort they are recommending going cashless though cash will still be accepted.

Disney is taking the opportunity to make some significant changes to the park experience and announced some dramatic changes across the resort to cope with COVID-19 as well as other changes not directly related to COVID-19 including:

  • temperature checks on arrival
  • face coverings mandatory on all aged 2 and over except when on water rides. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not deemed acceptable and all masks must be secured with ties or ear loops
  • cancellation of all existing FastPass+ reservations and the FastPass+ service itself to make more room in the lines to cope with social distancing
  • suspension of single rider lines
  • a new theme park pass reservation system as in future all guests will have to book park visits for specific dates, no just turning up on the day
  • to start with there were no new ticket sales or hotel reservations until Disney cleared the backlog of existing customers whose outstanding tickets and reservations were cancelled
  • suspension of all Extra Magic Hours
  • suspension of dining experiences and dessert parties
  • suspension of tours
  • suspension of guest experiences like Savi’s Workshop
  • closure of interactive play areas
  • suspension of character meet-and-greets though characters will still be seen in the park including new cavalcades
  • suspension of the Disney Dining Plan until the end of 2020
  • cancellation of all existing dining reservations and new dining reservations will only be accepted up to 60 days in advance instead of 180 days
  • suspension of all nighttime firework and laser shows including Fanstasmic! and Rivers of Light
  • cancellation of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2020 at Magic Kingdom and Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
  • a cut down version of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to be called A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with elements from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival that was cut short when the parks closed
  • a reduction in Disney transport services including the monorail but Disney’s Magical Express will continue to operate to/from Orlando International Airport
  • staggered opening and closing hours which will help with the planned reduction in transportation services

From June 30, guests who had previously had their dining reservations cancelled (up to and including September 2, 2020) are allowed to rebook up to 60 days in advance. Also a limited number experiences are being re-introduced including the Droid Depot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Like Universal, Disney will also have relaxation zones where guests can remove the face masks whilst maintaining social distancing.

Annual pass holders need to make park reservations like all other guests but they are limited to only three reservations (plus any resort reservations), there is no guaranteed entry and blockout dates will still apply where appropriate.

Surprisingly, Disney having suspended the FastPass+ system and are not introducing new virtual lines on any of their attractions which means nearly every attraction is now standby only with no single lines.. However they have modified the virtual line on Rise of the Resistance which will make it easier to get a boarding group.

New technology features are being introduced into the My Disney Experience app to replicate the functionality of Magic Bands. As part of this transition, Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests will no longer received complimentary Magic Bands, from January 1, 2021. However guests will still be able to buy Magic Bands at a discounted price or continue to use their Key to the World card.

Disney has also announced that the special UK “length of stay” 7, 14 and 21 day tickets for 2021 will only be valid up to September 26, 2021 at this time.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs started a phased reopened to guests on Wednesday, May 20 with some Disney properties like the World of Disney, Marketplace Co-Op and D-Luxe Burger opening a week later on Wednesday, May 27. Guest experiences like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique remain closed.

To start with all surface parking is suspended and there is only self parking at the Orange and Lime multi-storey car parking garages.

To help police social distancing Stormtroopers have been deployed at Disney Springs to help “enforce” guest compliance.

Magic Kingdom & Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom will re-open on Saturday, July 11 along with Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Epcot & Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Epcot will re-open on Wednesday, July 15 along with Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The “MLS is Back Tournament” featuring all 26 Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs has been scheduled for July 8 to August 11 but it will a televised-only event and played without spectators.

Disney Resort Hotels

The first resort hotels to re-open are the Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, all of which re-opened on Monday, June 22. The list is as follows:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

After this other hotels will open on a rolling schedule as follows:

  • July 10 — Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • July 15 — Shades of Green
  • July 29 — Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • August 12 — Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • August 24 — Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • September 21 — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • October 1 — Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
  • Oct. 14 — Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

To start with, Disney is only accepting resort dining reservations from hotel guests.

Like the theme parks there are also a number of changes at the Disney Resort hotels including:

  • a confirmed room reservation is required to enter the hotel
  • day guests must have a confirmed dining reservation
  • face coverings will be mandatory in all public areas of the hotels except when swimming or seated for dining
  • a hotel reservation does not guarantee park admission, a specific date ticket reservation is also required
  • Club-level service, shipping services, dry-cleaning and valet laundry services are also suspended for the time being
  • suspension of the Minnie Van service
  • suspension of valet parking

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal CityWalk started a phased re-opening on Thursday, May 15 followed by all three parks; Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay on Friday, June 5.

Throughout Universal Orlando Resort they are recommending going cashless though cash will still be accepted.

Universal are limiting capacity to around 35% and are allowing park hopping.

Universal Orlando Resort has announced a number of changes across the resort to cope with COVID-19 including:

  • temperature checks on arrival
  • face coverings mandatory on all aged 2 and over except on water rides
  • suspension of single rider lines
  • suspension of all nighttime firework and laser shows and theatre attractions
  • suspension of valet parking
  • virtual queuing for most attractions with no standby line access but some attractions may switch back to standby only when numbers are low
  • more mobile food ordering
  • closure of interactive play areas
  • mandatory use of hand sanitiser before boarding rides
  • suspension of character meet-and-greet but characters will still be available for photos either behind barriers or on stage

Unlike Disney, Universal is still selling Express passes, park-to-park tickets and is not insisting on online reservations in advance, it is strictly first come first served.

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk is gradually re-opening but a couple of attractions remain closed for the time being including the Blue Man Group shows and CityWalk Cinemark movie theatre.

Capacity is strictly controlled when entering shops and mobile food ordering is encouraged.

CityWalk is only open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily but parking is free.

Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure

To help with coping with wearing a face covering all day Universal has set up two U.Rest Areas where guests can sit and relax and masks can be removed subject to capacity and complying with social distancing rules.

In Universal Studios Florida they are located at the Central Park Lagoon area and near Fear Factor whilst in Islands of Adventure they are at the Port of Entry Landing and the Eighth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show building.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Masks are still recommended but not on the rides and they will not combine parties on the rides.

Volcano Bay already operate virtual queues on all their rides.

Universal Resort Hotels

Most resort hotels re-opened on Saturday, June 2. The list is as follows:

  • Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Universal’s Aventura Hotel
  • Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites are expected to open shortly.

Like the theme parks there are also a number of changes at the Universal Resort hotels including:

  • temperature checks on arrival
  • face coverings will be mandatory in all public areas of the hotels except when swimming or seated for dining
  • reduced capacity at food and beverage outlets

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

All five SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment theme parks and water parks in Florida; namely SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove and Adventure Island re-opened on Thursday, June 11 at about one third capacity.

To start with all the parks remained closed for two or three weekdays each week; i.e. only opening five or four days a week, to help staff manage additional cleaning and sanitising.

Weekday closures are as follows:

  • SeaWorld — Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Busch Gardens — Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Aquatica — Mondays and Wednesdays (open seven days a week from July 2)
  • Adventure Island — Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Discovery Cove — Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Throughout the parks they are recommending going cashless though cash will still be accepted.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • temperature checks on arrival
  • face coverings mandatory on all aged 2 and over except on water rides, whilst eating or drinking or when in the designated “Face Covering Relaxation Zones”
  • reduced operating schedule; i.e. no longer open seven days a week
  • suspension of single rider lines
  • advanced online reservations are required for all guests including passes
  • closure of some interactive play areas
  • some suspension of character meet-and-greet, photo opportunities and parades

Like other parks they are planning relaxation areas where guests can sit and relax and remove their masks subject to capacity and complying with social distancing rules.

SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Face coverings are mandatory on all aged 2 and over except on water rides, whilst eating or drinking or when in the designated relaxation areas.

At both parks some tours have been cancelled as social distancing is not possible and others modified. Some will be restricted to single parties. All raft rides are limited to one party.

Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove & Adventure Island

At all the water parks face coverings are mandatory on all aged 2 and over except on water rides, when in the water or whilst eating or drinking.

All raft rides are limited to one party and play areas will be closed if they cannot meet social distancing protocols.

At Discovery Cove some animal interactions may be modified or suspended.

LEGOLAND Florida

Both LEGOLAND Florida theme park and the LEGOLAND Water Park re-opened on Monday, June 1 and is one of the few parks where face coverings are only recommended, not mandatory. On the same day the new Legoland Pirate Island Hotel also opened.

Reservations are recommended as capacity will be limited to 50%.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • temperature checks on arrival
  • face coverings recommended on all aged 3 and over and disposable masks are freely available. Masks should not be used on water rides or when wet
  • guests will be refused entry if they have been on a cruise or have travelled internationally in the last 14 days
  • park is strictly cashless; credit/debit cards only
  • suspension of character meet-and-greet experiences
  • some live shows may be cancelled

A good idea is that young guests can be height checked at the front gate and then given a colour coded wristband to indicate their height group. This saves having to get height checked at individual rides.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSC) re-opened on Thursday, May 28.

Unlike many parks KSC requires guests to purchase a dated and timed ticket to stagger visitor numbers through the entry lines. At present the ticket includes the cost of parking and offers a second visit to be redeemed between January 1, 2021 and December 25, 2021.

The bus tours and dine with an astronaut experiences are suspended until July 31, 2020.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • temperature checks on arrival
  • face coverings mandatory on all aged 2 and over except whilst eating or drinking
  • advanced online reservations with a specified date and time are required for all guests including passes
  • suspension of all theatre shows
  • cashless contactless transactions only

Gatorland

Gatorland was one of the first of the Florida theme parks to re-open on Saturday, May 23.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • temperature screening guests who exhibit symptoms
  • face covering recommended for all guests

Initially the Jumparoo Show and Gator Gully Splashpark/Playground remained closed but the Gator Gully Splashpark has now opened subject to capacity and social distance guidelines.

Gatorland has also introduced their very own “Social Distancing Skunk Ape” to help ensure people keep the hands clean and keep the recommended distance apart.

ICON Park

Madame Tussauds and Sealife Aquarium re-opened on May 15 and The Wheel on June 3.

To start with ICON Park is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily but The Wheel is only operating from 1 p.m. to 9 pm. from Wednesday to Sunday each week.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • maintain a social distance of 10 feet (3 metres) instead of the usual 6 feet (2 metres)
  • face covering recommended for all guests

On The Wheel each party is receiving a complimentary upgrade to a private capsule, regardless of ticket type with a maximum of 10 people per capsule.

Island H2O Live! Water Park

The Island H2O Live! Water Park at Sunset Walk, near Margaritaville re-opened on May 23.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • health checks on arrival
  • face coverings recommended but should not be used on water rides or when wet
  • guests will be refused entry if they have been on a cruise or have travelled internationally in the last 14 days
  • cashless payments recommended

Fun Spot Orlando & Fun Spot Kissimmee

Fun Spot Orlando & Fun Spot Kissimmee were the first parks to re-open on May 22.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • health checks on arrival
  • face coverings recommended in Orlando park and mandatory in Kissimmee park (different counties)
  • 9 feet (3 metres) social distancing in ride lines, 6 feet (2 metres) otherwise

CoCo Key Resort and Water Park

CoCo Key Resort and Water Park re-opened on May 18.

Changes to cope with COVID-19 include:

  • face coverings recommended but should not be used on water rides or when wet

The Holy Land Experience

The Holy Land Experience closed on March 15 and it is unclear when it will re-open. They had planned to stop all theatrical productions on April 19, 2020 and return to their “bible museum” roots but this was brought forward when the pandemic struck.

There are reports that The Holy Land Experience site might be sold.

Florida COVID-19 Impact Timeline

Date Action
January 30 The World Health Organisation (WHO) declare a “public health emergency of international concern”
March 11 The WHO declare a global pandemic
March 14 Disney Cruise Line stops sailing
March 15 Closure of The Holy Land Experience and Disney Vacation Club Resort at Vero Beach
March 16 Closure of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
March 18 Closure of Gatorland
March 22 Closure of ICON Park
April 1 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues a statewide “stay-at-home” order with all theme parks, state parks and beaches closed. In Phase 0, restaurants are only allowed take-out service, entertainment venues, bars, gyms, pubs and nightclubs are closed
May 4 Limited Phase 1 of the re-opening of Florida (except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach which have nearly 60% of all cases) including allowing restaurants to re-open at 25% capacity indoors, 100% outdoors, retail stores, museums and libraries at 25%, gyms and entertainment venues remain closed, as are theme parks. Some State parks and public beaches re-open
May 14 Universal CityWalk phased re-opening starts
May 15 Madame Tussauds and Sealife Aquarium at ICON Park re-open
May 18 Full Phase 1 re-opening including allowing 50% capacity at restaurants, retail stores, museums, libraries, gyms and fitness centres subject to social distancing
May 18 CoCo Key Resort and Water Park re-opens
May 20 Disney Springs phased re-opening starts
May 22 Fun Spot Orlando and Fun Spot Kissimmee re-open
May 23 Gatorland and Island H2O Live! Water Park re-opens
May 28 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex re-opens
June 1 LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Waterpark re-open
June 2 Some Universal Orlando Resort hotels open
June 3 The Wheel at ICON Park re-opens
June 5 Phase 2 of the re-opening (except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) including allowing restaurant bar-top seating, bars and pubs at 50% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors, retail stores and gyms fully open, entertainment venues like cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys to operate at 50% capacity
June 5 Universal Orlando Resort, all three parks re-open
June 11 Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Adventure Island re-open
June 15 Disney Vacation Club Resort in Vero Beach re-opens
June 22 Disney Vacation Club resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground re-open
July 11 Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom re-open
July 15 Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios re-open

All re-openings must comply with local County face covering and social distancing requirements.