Have you been wondering what it's like to visit the theme parks since the reopening of Universal's Islands of Adventure? Today we'll take you on a photo tour through the park to see what's changed.
|Guests socially distancing in line to enter the park
|Another big change: Park maps are unavailable and guests are encouraged to
download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App
You'll find one of the three U-Rest locations at the Port of Entry Landing. 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 found crowds to be very manageable in most areas of the park. The most crowded areas tended to be in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade.
|Marvel Super Hero Island
You'll notice much more guidance being provided at the locker areas outside of attractions. Team Members are standing by to help manage the line as well as the locker storage areas so it's only one party per area. There is also additional signage at the rental entrance and locker retrieval entrance to try to keep groups socially distant.
|Locker area outside The Incredible Hulk Coaster
|Boarding areas were staggered where one party would be asked to stand by the gates and one party would stand on the numbers towards the back of the boarding area.
|We were given the option on the water rides to take off our masks during the ride.
|You'll see a lot of signs encouraging social distancing and signs at some areas that are closed like this sign at Me Ship, The Olive play area.
|Plexiglas partition at Reign of Kong boarding area
You'll see a lot of signage throughout the park reminding guests that face coverings are required. There are also social distancing markers in all of the attraction queues, gift shops and dining locations.
Wait times for the Hogwarts Express seemed to be longer than I would have thought based on the crowds but once we rode it was very clear why. The train is limited to one party per compartment so where each compartment would normally seat eight guests from various parties, it now seats one party regardless if it's one person or eight people. This limited capacity per train increased the wait times quite a bit however, I would much rather wait than be seated in a small compartment with complete strangers during a pandemic.
|Social distancing signage outside Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
|Social distancing markers and signage at the entrance of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
|Honeydukes sweet shop in Hogsmeade
|Triwizard Spirit Rally
|Over at The Lost Continent stadium is where you'll find another U-Rest Area
Character entertainment and photo opportunities were available with social distancing markers placed on the ground. 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.
|King Julien from Madagascar
|Seuss Landing is where you will find the third U-Rest Area
|Dr. Seuss character meet and greet
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's Islands of Adventure 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.