Universal Orlando Reopening June 1st

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Universal Orlando has just been approved by the Orlando Task Force for a June 1st reopening.
Universal will not be open to the general public until June 5th.
June 1st & 2nd will be staff only testing
June 3rd & 4th will be Annual Passholder invited testing
They hope to open on June 5th to the general public
Read through for more details

Hours of Operation (Subject to Change)
Universal Studios: 9am – 6pm
Islands of Adventure: 9am – 6pm
Volcano Bay: 9am – 5pm
CityWalk: 8am – 10pm

Reopening FAQ’s

Parks Info

What new operational procedures are in place for Universal Orlando Resort?
We are implementing specific procedures and practices that are in line with CDC guidelines for the safety and health of our team members and guests. These new procedures will cover three areas – screening, spacing and sanitization – and key measures include:

  • -Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings
  • -Guests and team members are required to undergo temperature checks. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter Universal CityWalk or the theme parks
  • -Staggered parking within the parking garage to help create distance between travel groups
  • -Limiting and reducing daily park attendance and attraction ridership in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • -Increasing cleaning and disinfection of food locations, ride vehicles and other frequent “touch points” that go beyond our already-aggressive cleaning procedures
  • -Social distancing at all locations through the parks, within attractions and queues and at restaurants
  • -Having Virtual Line available for select attractions
  • -Offering cashless payments and “no touch” policies where possible

Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit.  People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. 

Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.

Are the parks reopening at reduced capacity during this phase?
Yes, we are limiting attendance at our theme parks during our phased reopening.

Is a reservation required in order to visit the theme parks beginning June 5?
No, a reservation is not needed in order to visit the theme parks. Please note that since we’re limiting attendance, there may be times when the parks reach capacity and additional guests will not be admitted.

What about hotels?  And what if I have a hotel reservation?
Our hotels are an important part of our guest experience and we will share details soon. We are still finalizing our reopening plans and will contact those guests with reservations as soon as our plans are available.

Who will be the “limited number of guests” during your first days of operation?
We are still working through those details and will share soon.

Will all rides and attractions be open?
Majority of the attractions and experiences within the parks are scheduled to open. Select experiences will not be available during this phase, and some queue experiences may be slightly altered as we implement our new procedures. Additional details and specific experiences will be shared soon.

Will I be required to wear a face covering?
Yes.  We are following CDC guidelines as well as local health protocols.  If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering you will be referred to guest services to discuss ways we can accommodate you. If you do not have a face covering, we’ll have them available for purchase. Also, per CDC guidelines, children under the age of two are not required to wear facial coverings.

Will I have to wear my face covering while on the attractions?
Yes, guests will be required to wear face coverings on attractions. The only exception will be for attractions that include significant amounts of water as part of the experience, as well as Volcano Bay’s slides and pools.

Will I have to use my own hand sanitizer in order to board a ride vehicle?
Universal Orlando team members will provide guests with the hand sanitizer that is required prior to boarding a ride vehicle.

What is Virtual Line?
Virtual Line allows guests to select a time to experience an attraction via the Official Universal Orlando Resort app so they’re minimizing the time they’re actually waiting in the queue line. Guests can make Virtual Line selections while they’re onsite at the parks on the day of their visit. Virtual Line will be available for select attractions.

How will you implement social distancing guidelines at Universal’s Volcano Bay?
Overall, Universal’s Volcano Bay will follow the same guidelines and procedures as the other theme parks. Some of the specific measures we’re taking to implement social distancing at Volcano Bay include:

  • -We will limit capacity on each attraction – including rivers and pools
  • -For multi-person raft rides, only one travel party will be allowed to ride in a single raft. Please note that Volcano Bay’s standard height and weight requirements will be applicable.  
  • -Lounge chairs will be placed in a fashion that allows travel parties to sit together, while also maintaining at least six feet of distance between other guests.

At Volcano Bay, will I have to wear my face covering while on the slides?
Face coverings are recommended when guests cannot socially distance.  They will not be permitted on slides and in pools.

Will all Volcano Bay team members wear face coverings?
Face coverings are required for team members in “dry” roles.  Team members who have “wet” roles, such as lifeguards, will wear a balaclava when they cannot socially distance.  These will not be worn on slides or in pools for safety reasons.

Will the TapuTapu wearables be cleaned and sanitized?
Yes, per our standard practice, all TapuTapu wearables will be cleaned and sanitized prior to guest use.

CityWalk

When will clubs and Universal Cinemark reopen? What about Blue Man Group?
During this phase of reopening, Universal Cinemark, all nightclubs and Blue Man Group will remain closed. Opening dates for these venues will be shared when available.

Miscellaneous

Will you have themed face coverings for sale?
Yes, we will have themed face coverings available for purchase in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for updates.

Will these new procedures be in place for Halloween Horror Nights and the 2020 Holidays celebration?
More details about these events will be shared at a later time.

The Below Information is from the Orlando Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting

May 21st, 2020
John Sprouls, Chief Administrative Officer & Rich Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, Universal Orlando, presented their reopening plan to the Orange County Task Force today & it was approved.

They will open on a capacity controlled basis & will ramp up business slowly.
Guest communication will be through emails, the website, flyers and signage. The communication will begin pre-arrival & continue throughout the resort experience.

Parking will be spaced. Temperature checks for all team members & all guests will be required.

This weekend team members will begin training.

A few of the measures in place for reopening will be:

  • Temp checks required for everyone
  • Masks required – If someone does not have one, a disposable one will be provided
  • Staggered Parking
  • No Valet parking
  • An industrial engineering team has laid out how to manage distancing throughout the park rides & dining & stores.
  • Close interactive children’s play areas
  • most water & mist elements will be reduced or eliminated
  • Eliminating single rider lines
  • Use of Virtual Lines at select attractions
  • No post-show meet & greets with the cast
  • People will be spaced in the rides.
  • No post show meet & greets after the live shows with the cast.  They will be on stage for photos.
  • All menus will be paper, single use
  • Mobile food ordering for select venues
  • Contactless payments or through the Universal app
  • They will minimize accepting cash
  • Ambassadors in the parks that can tell people where to wash hands & get sanitizer
  • Sanitizer will be throughout the parks
  • Team members will self temp check at home
  • Team members will be asked questions when they arrive
  • More frequent breaks for hand washing & masks off

Attraction Queues will be managed & people will be spaced out.
No single riders riding with other parties.

Social Distancing Queue Plan

Thank you for reading & for following. Stay Tuned for more information

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A New Theme Park is Coming to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is growing and has announced plans to add a fourth theme park. Universal Orlando currently consists of
2 theme parks, Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure
1 shopping district, CityWalk
1 water park, Volcano Bay
8 Resorts, 2 value, 2 prime value, 1 preferred & 3 premier
There is a resort that is a good fit for every family’s travel style & budget.

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Although Universal Orlando has not announced an opening date range for the new theme park, they have released an official name “Epic Universe”. They say that the park will offer an experience genuinely worthy of its bold moniker.

Concept Art

Universal has stated that Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. It will challenge guests to venture beyond their wildest imagination by traveling through stories & vibrant lands.

The new location will not only feature a theme park, but also include an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Nothing has been announced about specific themes inside the park or any details on how the park tickets or hotels will be offered.

It appears that the new theme park will be within driving distance from the current hotels & theme parks. I can only speculate that they will offer bus transportation from their resorts to the new theme park, but I can’t even begin to guess how they might handle transportation for guests who want to hop between all three theme parks in one day.

Proximity map of Universal’s Epic Universe

We don’t have a lot of details yet, but here’s what we do know. (or we think we know)

  • This will be the first Universal park to adopt the traditional wheel-and-spoke design designed by Disneyland
  • The new district is about 750 acres where the current location is 725 acres
  • Guests will most likely use shuttle to go between the current parks and the new district
  • It may have it’s own dining & shopping district inside the park
  • Four different Lands are planned and will be isolated from everything else much like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • The only themed area we know that identity to is Super Nintendo World

When will the new theme park open? Will this theme park draw in more fans? What will the theme & attractions be like? How will transportation work? These are all questions that we are waiting to hear answers for. Stay tuned for more information on Universal’s upcoming them park, Epic Universe.


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  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.

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Contact me for complimentary, concierge planning assistance for your next Universal Orlando vacation.
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7 things to know about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in Universal Orlando

Set to open in less than a month on June 13th, this epic new roller coaster promises thrills and ground-breaking technology all while immersing you in the world of Harry Potter.

  1. Journey Beyond the Grounds of Hogwarts Castle – As you venture to the edge of the Forbidden Forest and enter the ruins behind Hagrid’s hut, your Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid will begin
  2. New environments & sets – A new pre-show featureing special effects where you will encounter Arthur Weasly, Hagrid & his dog Fang. Inside the ruins you will see materials from Hagrid’s class including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching.
  3. 7 Total Launches – The most launches of any roller coaster in the world.
  4. 17 foot free-fall vertical drop – The first coaster in the U.S. to feature this.
  5. The longest roller coaster in Florida – measuring nearly a mile in length
  6. Ride the motorbike like Hagrid or the adjacent sidecar like Harry Potter.
  7. You will catapult 65 feet in the air at more than a 70 degree angle, then drop backward in one movement.

Check out this preview!!!


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  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that universal offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Universal vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

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Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Details & Opening Date

Universal Orlando is long overdue for a new thrill ride and we’ve been waiting to hear what attraction would replace the Dueling Dragons roller coaster in Hogsmeade. Now we have more new details, an opening date & even a video interview with Tom Felton (who plays Draco Malfoy) and Alan Gilmore (Art director for the Harry Potter films).

What we know:

Universal Orlando tells us…

It begins when guests join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially designed to make them feel the freedom of flight. For this journey, guests can either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar, providing two unique experiences. For the first time, fans will soar through the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures… but as often the case with Hagrid, things don’t go as planned.

  • Opening Date: June 13th, 2019
  • You must be 48-inches or taller to ride the roller coaster, with specially designed cars to make you feel the freedom of flight.
  • This new experience combines a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with 1,200 live trees!
  • Guests will hurl past challenging obstacles, drop into an endless pit of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way.
  • Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur; a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies; Fluffy the three-headed dog; and even one that’s never been seen in the films.
  • Guests will experience a freewheeling coaster flight where they will twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds of up to 50 mph into the dark forest.

Who else is excited to be one of the first to experience this brand new, thrilling attraction at Universal Orlando?


Let me help plan the details of your Wizarding World Universal Orlando Vacation!

  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary booklet that will service as a guide for your day to day activities as well as a fun keepsake when you return.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that universal offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Universal vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

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Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a theme park fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend, in one of the Orlando theme parks with my family, exploring all of the newest things that they have to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
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24 Days of Christmas – Theme Park Videos

This year I am inviting all of my theme park fans to join me on a fun holiday journey through the major theme parks in Orlando, Florida.
Each day I will post a video on Facebook sharing one of my holiday experiences in the parks at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.
Find me on my Facebook pages at:
www.Facebook.com/MelissaAndTheMouse
www.Facebook.com/PixieDustAdventures
Scroll down for links to each day’s video…

Disclosure:  I am not a professional cinematographer.  All of the videos were taken by me & are directly from my experiences.  No fluff, no fancy editing, you will feel like you are right there beside me.  🙂 

Day 1: Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Day 2: Epcot: Story of Hanukkah
Day 3: Epcot: Candlelight Processional narrated by John Stamos
Day 4: Hogwart’s Choir in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Day 5: Epcot: Biergarten Restaurant holiday performance
Day 6: Cinderella Castle Holiday Lighting
Day 7: Voice Play at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Day 8: Epcot: Story of Pere Noel
Day 9: Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
Day 10: Slinky Dog Dash Holiday Ride
Day 11: Universal Orlando: Grinchmas
Day 12: Hollywood Studios: Jingle Bell Jingle BAM
Day 13: Voice Play at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Day 14: Epcot: Candlelight Processional narrated by Steven Curtis Chapman
Day 15: Epcot: Julenissen the Christmas Gnome in Norway
Day 16: Universal Orlando Holiday Parade
Day 17: Universal Orlando Hogwarts Holiday Castle Lights
Day 18: Voice Play at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Day 19: Epcot: Chinese Lunar New Year Dragon
Day 20: Universal Orlando: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees
Day 21: Disney Springs: Trail of Trees and Bell Choir
Day 22: Epcot: La Befana in Italy
Day 23: Epcot: Father Christmas in the UK
Day 24: Epcot: Candlelight Processional narrated by Kurt Russel
Day 25: Merry Christmas!  Joy to the World!


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  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, with  park information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Dining reservation assistance. Let me help you make your dining reservations for those popular Disney Restaurants. *based on availability
  • Fastpass+ assistance.  Undecided on which attractions are the best for your family? I’m happy to help you plan to utilize your Fastpasses to your advantage and will also provide assistance making those reservations *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.
  • Help planning visits to other Orlando area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.  If you are considering adding other Orlando attractions to your vacation, why not get assistance of someone who is local and been there?

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Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

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