What Are The Parks Doing?
Each park operator is following official CDC and State advice to be able to operate but that doesn’t mean they adopt a uniform approach. This section shows the general changes experienced by visitors to all parks.
“At Universal we are following what we are calling the three S’s: Screening, Sanitization and Spacing”
We will go into a bit more detail on each of the park operators below but please remember that COVID is a very fluid situation and things can and do change very quickly. Always check the latest information with your chosen park by clicking one of the links below before your visit.
Reduced Capacity And Hours
Parks are operating at a fraction of their usual capacity and opening hours have been cut. Attractions, experiences and some restaurants remain closed for the forseeable future.
Temperature checks on arrival, reducing any form of contact and deeper, regular cleaning of high touch point areas such as ride cars and railings. Face coverings are mandatory almost everywhere.
Increased screening and social distancing coupled with resort hotel closures, reduced hours and event cancellations.
Reduced hours, increased screening and social distancing plus the cancellation of a top event.
Seaworld & Busch Gardens
Social distancing, reduced hours, reduced public transport and increased cleaning.
Temperature checks, writs bands according to height, lots of cleaning plus masks on rides and indoors.
“Our deliberate and phased apprach at Walt Disney World Resort emphasises multiple layers of health and safety measures.”
Disney’s phased approach to re-opening the resorts will directly impact previous conveniences that you may have taken for granted. What we all once took for a quintessential Disney experience has been abruptly taken away for the short term but Disney is fighting back to win us over once again.
“If you are hesitant for any reason to come back now, we will be just as thrilled to welcome you through the arches when you’re ready as we are today.”
Universal’s approach to re-opening is as methodical as Disney. They were the first park to re-open and have seen some busy days since. One of the key sources for information for visitors is the updated Universal Orlando park app with added features to enhace a contact free stay.
“We are excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.”
Seaworld and Busch Gardens, both operated by the same parent company, focus on cleaning and sanitation as well as the welfare of the animals in their care. Even with far fewer visitors than Disne and Universal you are still required to reserve your day in the park once you have a valid admission ticket.
Legoland also usually operates a shuttle service from International Drive but, like the Busch Gardens Express, this service is currently suspended.
Situated in Winter Haven, around 45 minutes south of both Orlando and Tampa, your only option to visit one of the largest Legoland parks in the world is to drive. They do have onsite hotels, including the brand new Lego Pirate Island that opened on the 1st June, so an overnight stay with 2 day park entry is a great idea once the restriction on international travellers is lifted.
Getting In The Parks
Pre-booking your visit like with other parks is not necessary at Legoland but us international visitors, currently, are stuck having to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival in Florida before we would be allowed in the park.
At the gates booking online before you arrive to avoid the ticket kiosk is highly recommended and everyone will be temperature tested as per CDC guidelines.
Children’s heights are checked once at at the gate and a wristband is issued to save multiple height checks.
Getting Around The Parks
The Legoland App has been updated to show locations of hand sanitiser stations throughout the park. On wet days it will also point you to the nearest cover so you can dodge the downpours.
Heading out of summer the park is running reduced hours and will be closed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the forseeable future. When the park is open the general hours are:
Legoland Park: 10am – 5pm
Legoland Water Park: 12pm – 4pm
Legoland doesn’t update its website with a list of attractions that are closed but the information is available in the App. The Legoland Florida website does state that rides, attractions, shows and restaurants may be altered or closed to promote social distancing and to comply with Florida State Health Department rules.
Ride wait times are also in the app but reviews state that only if you connect to their wifi and enable location data. Other reviews mention the huge amount of data the app requires to run. Be careful of the cost!
Covid Safe Policies
Masks are mandatory inside and on rides and attractions for anyone aged 8 and over.
Rides will have empty rows and/or seats where social distancing dictates and
At the water park all tubes used in the lazy river and on slides are sanitised between every rider.
Legoland have produced a small leaflet detailing the changes they have made to the resort to make it COVID safe.
Dining In The Parks
Restaurants that remain open have had seating amended to comply with the latest social distancing guidelines. Like other parks, buffet areas have been stocked with pre-packed alternatives where possible or will remain closed.
In all, the park lists 14 eating establishments with a mix of counter service, amended buffet service and grab and go. There will still be a good choice of where and what you can eat once you are inside the park.