The Guidelines For Reopening Florida Theme Parks Have Been Announced

As you all know I'm chomping at the bit to get back to Disney World but there hasn't been any timeline or news from the parks since they closed. Well this may give us an idea to what the parks will look like in the near future.

The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force announced guidelines for reopening theme parks in Central Florida. After a lot of collaboration and with an abundance of caution, the Task Force has given guidelines from other states to help formulate the requirements/mandates for Disney and other theme parks when they open. This the first draft which will likely be edited as necessary in coming weeks.

Mayor Demmings did say that he believes a reopening in June is very realistic, and that May is likely going to be used to supply chain issues. Here are some of the guidelines released from the first meeting.

Large Theme Parks – Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, etc…

Guidelines

  • Cast/Team Members will randomly and regularly wipe down all surfaces
  • Ride and attraction queues will have tape markings to keep guests six (6) feet apart
  • Seniors who are 65+ are encouraged to stay home during Phases 1 and 2

Required

  • Touchless hand sanitizer devices at every ride and attraction entry and exit
  • Touchless hand sanitizer devices at every ticket entry/turnstile
  • All surface and railings are to be wiped down and cleaned regularly
  • All employees are required to wear a facemask
  • All employees will have temperature checks prior to start of shift – Temperatures of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed entry
  • Phase 1 – Parks will reopen at 50% capacity
  • Phase 2 – Parks will be allowed to reopen at 75% capacity

Small Theme Parks – Gatorland, FunSpot, etc…

Guidelines

  • Cast/Team Members will randomly and regularly wipe down all surfaces
  • Ride and attraction queues will have tape markings to keep guests six (6) feet apart
  • Seniors who are 65+ are encouraged to stay home during Phases 1 and 2

Required

  • Touchless hand sanitizer devices at every ride and attraction entry and exit
  • Touchless hand sanitizer devices at every ticket entry/turnstile
  • All surface and railings are to be wiped down and cleaned regularly
  • All employees are required to wear a facemask
  • All employees will have temperature checks prior to start of shift – Temperatures of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed entry
  • Phase 1 – Parks will reopen at 50% capacity
  • Phase 2 – Parks will be allowed to reopen at 75% capacity

Hotels

Guidelines

  • Mobile check-in, if available (Phase 1)
  • Housekeeping will be limited to have minimal contact between guests and employees (Phase 1)
  • Housekeeping only upon request and when guests check-out/leave (Phase 1)
  • Offer/provide self-parking (Phase 1)
  • If not in an essential role in serving guests, allow employees to work from home (Phase 1)
  • Room-service delivered to guest’s doors only/contactless (Phase 1)
  • Continued practice of social distancing
  • Touchless hand sanitizer devices at all entries and exits (recommended)
  • Cleaning services increased through sanitation companies
  • Seniors who are 65+ are encouraged to stay home during Phases 1 and 2

Required

  • All surface and railings are to be wiped down and cleaned regularly
  • All employees are required to wear a facemask
  • All employees will have temperature checks prior to start of shift – Temperatures of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed entry
  • Hand sanitizer must be visible at all entries and exits
  • Any employee with flu-like symptoms must remain at home
  • Front desk will sanitize all areas regularly and have sneeze guards in place
  • Mini bars in each room will not be stocked
  • Self-food services not offered
  • Pool furniture must be spaced by social distancing guidelines
  • Sanitize all door handles, elevator buttons, railings, surfaces, bell carts, and door keys regularly
  • Coffee makers removed from all guest rooms
  • All collateral items (unless single use) removed from guest rooms
  • No conferences/meetings (Phases 1 and 2)

Restaurants

Guidelines

  • Encourage online and takeout orders as often as possible
  • Disposable and paper menus
  • Touchless hand sanitizer devices at entries and exits
  • Seniors who are 65+ are encouraged to stay home during Phases 1 and 2

Required

  • All surface and railings are to be wiped down and cleaned regularly
  • Hand sanitizer at every table
  • All employees are required to wear a facemask
  • All employees will have temperature checks prior to start of shift – Temperatures of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed entry
  • Any employee with flu-like symptoms must remain at home
  • Doors and door handles must be wiped down and sanitized regularly
  • All staff members behind counters (except bartenders) must wear gloves
  • Bartenders must sanitize hands after each drink order
  • Tables must be placed at least six (6) feet apart to keep with social distancing guidelines
  • Phase 1 – Restaurant and bar limited to 50% capacity
  • Phase 2 – Restaurant and bar limited to 75% capacity

PLEASE NOTEthat these are not the definitive guidelines for the reopening of the parks. This is the initial set of them and things could change before the final version is released.

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