We've gotten a lot of questions about what it's like to tour the theme parks since Universal Orlando Resort reopened earlier this year. Let's take a photo tour through Universal Studios Florida to see what's changed since the COVID-19 safety guidelines have been put in place.
One of the first changes you'll notice after entering the park is that park maps are unavailable. There's a sign where the park maps are usually kept that asks guests to "be safe and practice social distancing" and also encourages guests to download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App for wait times, show times, maps and more. There's a QR code available for easy download. I highly recommend you download the app before you arrive so you can access wait times, virtual line and also order food.
|Very light crowds right after opening.|
Another big change is the boarding process for attractions. Universal is doing a great job keeping guests socially distant throughout the queue and in the pre-show areas. Boarding areas were staggered so you could keep your distance from other guests.
|Pre-show area for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem|
|Second pre-show area for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem|
|Many areas of the park looked like this|
|Photo opp with Bumblebee|
If you like meeting characters, you're in luck! You can still grab some great photo opportunities with your favorite characters. Guests are allowed to take off their masks briefly for a photo opp as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines and are at least six feet away from other travel parties and the characters. I grabbed a quick photo with Bumblebee but note I was actually much farther away than the photo area.
You'll find one of the two U-Rest locations in Central Park. This U-Rest area is where you can take a break and remove your mask. You still must remain socially distant from other guests while in the U-Rest area but it's a nice spot to take a break without having to wear your face covering. We took several breaks at the U-Rest areas and found them to be a great opportunity to remove our masks safely.
We were very happy to see some of the stage shows were still available. In most of the shows we saw, the performers were wearing masks and were spread out on the stage to remain socially distant. There were also markers on the ground indicating where guests could stand to watch the show.
Guests standing socially distant and watching The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performances.
|More crowds appeared as the day went on.|
You'll find the second U-Rest location over at FEAR FACTOR LIVE.
|Social distancing floor markers near the MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack locker entrance|
|Some of the Coca-Cola Freestyle locations are closed for social distancing|
Most attractions are operating at reduced capacity by boarding every other row or only seating one party per row/ride vehicle to follow social distancing guidelines. One attraction where we saw longer wait times due to these new guidelines was The Simpsons Ride over in Springfield: Home of the Simpsons. You'll have to wait a little longer than normal due to the necessary spacing needed in the pre-show areas.
|Simpsons pre-show area|
|Simpsons pre-show area right before you board the attraction.|
|Very minimal crowds over at Woody Woodpecker's KidZone.|
|A Day in the Park with Barney is temporarily closed.|
|Fievel's Playland is also closed.|
Wondering what it's like over at Universal's Islands of Adventure? Check out our Photo Tour: Universal's Islands of Adventure with Social Distancing post. For more information about the new COVID-19 safety guidelines make sure to read our Universal Orlando Resort & COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQ for a 2020 Universal Orlando Resort Vacation posts.
What questions do you have about Universal Studios Florida since it's reopened? Have you been and do you have more tips to share? Let us know in the comments.
*Photos were taken in September 2020. Please note that safety guidelines may have changed since our visit and this posting so please review Universal's Important Safety Guidelines for updates to their policies.
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