UPDATE (5/22) 8:45 PM CT: According to the Orlando Sentinel, the governor’s office clarified that “the only major theme park to receive approval to reopen on Friday was Universal Studios in Orlando.” Legoland had already sent out a news release of the park’s reopening, but a reporter followed up to clarify that the decision had not yet been approved. We will keep you updated when the governor officially approves Legoland’s reopening.
While yesterday we informed you Legoland Florida had received initial approval to reopen June 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis has now given the Winter Haven City-based theme park the green light.
Legoland has officially announced it will be reopening its Central Florida location in just over a week.
Once they believed their plan was approved by the Florida Governor, Legoland immediately sent out announcements. We received an email moments ago confirming June 1st if Legoland’s official reopening date.
Legoland’s reopening plan included modifications such as operating at a maximum 50% capacity (about 6,000 guests). The park will be “highly recommending” the use of face masks by guests, but is not requiring them at this time. For the water park, masks are only recommended for use when visitors are dry.
Face Masks Are Strongly-Encouraged, But Not Mandatory at Legoland
Face coverings do not need to be worn in Legoland by:
- Children under 2 years of age
- People who have trouble breathing
- Anyone who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance
Additionally, Legoland says they will be providing guests with face coverings if they did not bring one.
Legoland’s New Health Screening Process
Guests with temperatures of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter the park. According to Legoland’s website they also say you will not be admitted if you have:
- Coughing, fever (over 100.4 º F), or difficulty breathing
- Traveled internationally in the last 14 days
- Been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days
- Been in a location with widespread COVID-19 transmission in the last 14 days
- Been in close contact with a person known or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
Legoland says their touchless temperature screenings will be required for all guests, including children, and employees before entering the park. Any families or groups that have a member with a fever (of 100.4º F or above) will not be allowed in.
Disinfecting Touchpoints and Commonly Used Surfaces More Frequently
Legoland says they will be cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces more regularly especially “tables and chairs, service counters, LEGO® Bricks, ride restraints, door handles, and more.” They will also be adding more hand sanitizer dispensers and hygiene stations throughout the park. Similar to Disney World’s My Disney Experience app, guests can use Legoland’s official mobile app (which is also free) to locate these additional locations.
Social Distancing Markers and Additional Safety Measures
Markers have been installed throughout the resort reminding guests to stay six feet apart while employees will monitor the queues to ensure social distancing is being maintained. Ride vehicles will be loaded leaving empty seats between guests. Dining areas are also being reconfigured to ensure a safe distance separates each parties’ table.
Indoor shops and restaurants will have a limited capacity while the self-service buffets will also be reconfigured to reduce the number of touchpoints including cutlery and condiments being left out on the table. These items will now be provided to guests upon request. Some guest experiences, entertainment offerings, retail locations, restaurants, and other park features such as water fountains may be temporarily suspended.
New Safety Measures at Legoland’s Hotel and Other Recreational Areas
Inside the hotels, Legoland is asking only one party per elevator and to take the stairs where possible to help maintain social distancing regulations. For their mini-golf course, they are asking groups to maintain a one-hole distance at all times.
Now that Governor Ron DeSantis has twelve other reopening proposals of Central Florida attractions to consider, we could know more details about other theme parks that are planning to reopen soon. So far, Disney World is expected to submit its proposal next week while Universal Studios has requested a reopening date to receive guests starting June 5th (which is still pending final approval).
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