The hotels will be reopening for the first time after a months-long closure, so we’re taking a closer look at some of the key differences and changes you can expect.
Health & Safety Precautions
One of the biggest immediate differences you’ll notice is that each hotel is now taking temperature checks for guests upon arrival.
Guests have their temperature checked upon arrival and return, and anyone whose temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher will require medical clearance to be able to check-in.
Once a guest registers a temperature under 100.4 degrees, they’ll receive a wristband for the day, and will not be required to be rechecked when visiting the theme parks on that day.
Another precaution in place is the requirement of face coverings in public areas around the hotels, which is the same requirement we’ve seen at both CityWalk and at the theme parks.
Around the hotel, we also spotted increased sanitation and cleaning, along with hand sanitizer stations throughout the lobby and public areas.
We spotted hand sanitizer locations throughout the hotel and even in the parking garage.
We were surprised to not see many in-room differences at Aventura Hotel, one of the Universal Studios on-site properties.
The room still had a phone and tablet easily accessible.
We also noticed the coffee maker was still available and stocked as well.
The pool was still welcoming guests and lifeguards were present.
There were no guests present when we stopped by, but the Splash Pad was also up and running.
The pool deck has been arranged to promote social distancing, but guests will still need to wear masks as they pass through. However, guest services let us know that guests are permitted to remove their masks while at their lounge chairs or swimming in the pool.
Aventura’s cafe, Urban Pantry is open and serving up snacks, burgers, and salads. During our visit, the cafe let us know that they were offering a free dessert to annual passholders. Don’t mind if we do! The cashier wiped down the card reader between customers and sanitized our pager before handing it to us.
Hotel Guests Perks
While Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay all are not set to reopen to the general public until June 5th, hotel guests with tickets are able to attend the special preview on both June 3rd and 4th. Universal has stated that they specifically set their capacity limits at the parks with hotel guests in mind, so that they will not be impacted if the parks do reach capacity.
Hotel guests are also able to take advantage of special perks that have always been offered for Universal Studios hotel guests. These include Early Park Admission for both theme parks and the water park, as well as the addition of Universal Express Passes for guests staying at Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
We will continue to keep you updated about our Universal Orlando Resort visit, so stay tuned!
Will you be visiting Universal Orlando once the park reopens? Let us know in the comments below!