Universal Studios Hollywood Shooting for a July Opening
Theme parks have been hit hard by the COVID-19 closures and it is no different for Universal Hollywood. Not only are these parks considered non-essential entertainment facilities, but they typically contain large crowds and densely populated areas for parades, fireworks and character meets.
However, Universal Orlando will open to the public June 5th along with the openings of Seaworld, Legoland and Busch Gardens Tampa. Walt Disney World has announced their opening dates for July 11th and 15th. Universal Hollywood is hoping for a July opening.
Universal Hollywood closed it’s gates on March 15th after the mandate from the California Governor. There was originally an April 1st opening date, but after the coronavirus positive cases and deaths continued to escalate that date was pushed back to April 19th and then May 31st. The park is still closed.
Summer months are big months for the park and the struggle to open in time to save some of the summer season is getting real. The theme park hopes to open its shopping district as early as June 8th, but has no official guidelines for the park re-opening or a definitive date. Both Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World opened their respective shopping districts before the parks. Disney Springs will be open a whole month before the Disney theme parks.
The assumption is that Universal Hollywood will use safety guidelines similar to those the Orlando park is using if they are in line with the county guidelines. Orlando is requiring guests to wear masks, submit to temperature checks and maintain social distancing. Play-areas and meet-and-greets will be terminated and no-contact pay systems will be put in place. Here is the safety video Universal Orlando released for their upcoming opening.
With Universal Studios in Orlando opening up weeks before Walt Disney World, I’m sure Universal Hollywood is pushing to do the same in California. Guests still have no idea when Disneyland will open and if they follow a similar phased opening to the Florida parks, Universal will most likely open first on the west coast too. But, with Disneyland being much smaller than her big brother in Florida, there is no guarantee. Stay tuned to MickeyBlog for breaking information on all the theme park openings.
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