SeaWorld Orlando will officially reopen to guests on June 11, after being closed since March 16 due to COVID-19.
This news was shared by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who announced that SeaWorld had received state approval to reopen via his Twitter:
With their reopening plan now approved, SeaWorld Orlando will open on June 10 for an employee appreciation night, and then open to the public on June 11.
SeaWorld’s reopening plan will see the enhancement of every aspect of their park operations, which will help ensure guest, employee and animal safety, as well as add specific enhancements to specific operational areas. Here’s what you need to know:
- Guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear face coverings when visiting the parks; guests are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, but will be provided one if they do not have one.
- All guests must undergo and pass temperature screenings before entering the parks.
- Physical distancing will be promoted throughout the parks.
- Contactless payments will be encouraged across the parks, including Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.
- Plexi-glass will be installed in high-traffic or close-contact areas to add extra protection.
- The number of hand sanitizer station will be significantly increased at appropriate locations throughout the parks.
- Buffet-style service will be adjusted or closed until further notice.
- Only tours allowing for physical distancing will operate.
- Single rider lines will be removed.
- Modified seating will be implemented on rides and attractions to maintain physical distancing.
- Open play areas will be temporarily closed unless they meet distancing protocols.
- Any parade components involving guest interaction will be updated or removed.
- Character interactions will be modified for appropriate physical distancing.
- Photo opportunities will be modified to ensure physical distancing.
- All rafts and ride vehicles will be limited to specific parties, and unfamiliar guests will not be grouped with others.
These are just the need-to-know aspects of SeaWorld’s reopening plan, which you can read in full here.
To learn more about SeaWorld Orlando, and to plan your visit when the park reopens, head to SeaWorld.com/Orlando.