Florida begins Phase One openings, some attractions now open

by Brittani Tuttle

With today being the start of Phase 1 of Florida’s re-opening, some local attractions in Orlando have started to open their doors.


According to the guidelines set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis’ re-opening plan, restaurants, gyms, recreation, and retail are allowed to reopen under specified social distancing guidelines. Because of this, it is now safe for some local attractions to re-open, including:

Old Town

Old Town in Kissimmee, Fla. is starting to reopen its offerings. Restaurants that were previously doing take-out and delivery will now allow an interior capacity of 25 percent. At some locations, outdoor seating will be provided with at least six feet between tables. Retail locations will also open with strict 25-percent interior occupancy levels at all times.

Business hours during Phase 1 are limited to 12-9 p.m. to allow for additional daily cleaning measures overnight and before the property opens. Old Town will regularly sanitize high-touch areas like tables, benches, restrooms, hand railings, vending machines and doorknobs. All merchants at the destination are required to follow sanitation guidelines throughout the day and after closing to ensure customer safety.

Since Osceola County requires everyone to wear masks or facial coverings while out in public, Old Town employees will wear masks while working and will take breaks to wash and sanitize hands frequently.

For now, guests visiting Old Town and its attractions and offerings get to park for free seven days a week.

The Escape Game Orlando

The Escape Game on International Drive in Orlando is open once again, but with new safety protocols to allow guests to enjoy the attraction in a safe way:

  • Disinfecting between each game
  • Contactless check-in
  • All private experiences
  • Game adjustments to remove high-touch elements
  • Employees will remain six feet away from guests and wear face coverings

You can read more about these safety measures here.

Dinosaur World


Dinosaur World in Plant City, Fla. is set to re-open on Thursday, May 7. Only the Dinosaur Walk and the indoor museum will be open; all hands-on activities will be closed. As a result, admission will be $10 plus tax per person until everything can be reopened.

The park will also enforce limited capacity levels inside the park and gift shop in order to maintain social distancing.

Congo River Golf


Congo River Golf announced that all of their Florida mini-golf locations would re-open today via a post on their official Facebook page.


To keep guests safe, the attraction has implemented increased cleaning and sanitation protocols and is enforcing social distancing per recommended guidelines.

Dave & Buster’s Orlando

Dave & Buster’s Orlando on International Drive will open its doors on Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern with increased precautions, including:

  • Employees wearing face masks and gloves, and completing health screenings that include temperature checks before the beginning of all shifts
  • Select games have been shut down and some tables have been removed to encourage social distancing
  • Gloves are being offered to guests who would prefer to use them to play games
  • Additional sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the store
  • All menus will be disposable and one-time use only

Dave & Buster’s will also be giving $10 Game Cards to all first responders and healthcare professionals who visit.

Stay tuned for more updates as local attractions being to re-open in and around Orlando.


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Jackie smith May 4, 2020 - 4:42 pm

End times!!!!!! Read the Bible. Hollywood is satanism yet it controls society and government while Christianity is forced out. Prayer and repentance not panic. Soul washing with faith in Jesus not just hand washing. God bless.

Cody May 4, 2020 - 11:00 pm


M May 5, 2020 - 8:04 pm

Statements like the above do more harm than good for Christanity. No one has ever been saved because someone someone else yelled End Times!! in their face. Read the Bible, yes. Have faith in God, yes. Believe in Jesus and his gospel of good news, absolutely. Scare people with Satanism, never.

Science Matters May 5, 2020 - 8:06 pm

The bible is a work of fiction.

You’re welcome.

Ted T May 7, 2020 - 1:50 pm

They have effective medications for the paranoia that ails you 🙂

IDrive Orlando May 5, 2020 - 12:09 am

Great article! Ill be at D&B this Friday!

ROBERT REID May 5, 2020 - 3:35 pm

WE JUST HAD OUR SECOND RV STATE PARK CAMPING CANCELLED HERE IN OREGON!!!! so ridiculous. florida is opening and here in oregon where we have nearly no deaths we will remained closed for probably another 6 weeks. our governor Kate Brown if a joke! liberal piece of trash. happy to hear florida taking a chance, we cant do this forever. good luck everyone. keep your hands away from your face.

Ted T May 7, 2020 - 1:54 pm

So … because you don’t agree with someone’s politics , they are a “piece of trash “?? Where did you learn that name calling but ? I hope whoever this Kate brown is will be responsible for saving the life of a member of your family 🙂


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