NEWS! Orange County, FL Mayor Approves Universal Orlando’s Proposed Reopening Date

Earlier today we reported the news that Universal Orlando had proposed a reopening plan to the Florida Orange County Task Force.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando’s submitted plan proposed re-opening to the public on June, 5.  Additionally, they would soft open on June 1-2 for Team Members and on June 3-4 for Annual Passholders.

And tonight, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced he is approving their proposal to re-open.

In the morning, Mayor Demings will submit his approval of the plan to Governor DeSantis, who’s final approval is needed before Universal can reopen.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Mayor Demings went on to discuss the measurements required for theme parks to reopen, which include appropriate screening of both guests and employees, appropriate social distancing measures, and appropriate sanitization practices.

Mayor Demings also noted that when Universal Orlando reopens to the general public, it will be a “significantly reduced number of guests that will be attending their park.”

Universal Studios

Currently Universal Orlando is the only major theme park that has submitted the required reopening proposal to the Orange County Task Force. During his interview with CNBC, Mayor Demings stated that Walt Disney World would present their re-opening proposal next week. 

This is a developing story — we will keep you updated to the Governor’s decision, which will officially set Universal Orlando’s re-opening date.

Will you be attending Universal Orlando when they re-open? Let us know in the comments!


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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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