Here's what the parks could look like when they reopen their gates. USA TODAY


After tweet Friday.

Disney World plans to reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios on July 15.

Universal Orlando is set to open June 5. 

State and local officials in Florida have approved Universal's plan to reopen June 5 and Legoland's plan to reopen June 1.

Ahead of the theme parks reopening, Universal Orlando will open its hotels to guests June 2. The hotel openings will be managed in phases, with a range of best practice and hygiene procedures, the company said in a statement Friday. 

In Oklahoma City, Six Flags Frontier City will reopen June 5. 

That leaves a number of other theme parks across the country that will need to prepare – and potentially follow their lead on reopening plans full of restrictions and safety precautions.

California theme parks, including Disneyland, may be among the last to come back, with that state's stricter criteria for mass gatherings. Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined a phased reopening plan that appears to put theme parks in a higher-risk category of business that would open later.

Just about any theme park visit will prove to be a different experience for visitors. They'll probably get a temperature check. They'll be encouraged, if not required, to wear a face mask. They'll see fewer people in the park and they'll have to social distance from them. Some attractions may remain closed, and parking, dining, hotels and retail will all change in some way.

Disney World will even enforce social distancing and face mask requirements with a "social-distancing squad," consisting of Disney cast members. 

The reopening of attractions such as theme parks is a needed precursor to the resumption of nonessential travel, which has plummeted since much of the U.S. economy went into sleep mode in March. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC last month that theme parks would play a role in getting travelers back on commercial flights.

Travelers "need to have something to be able to do when they get there," Kelly said. "So Disney World needs to open back up. Restaurants need to open back up."

The altered theme park experience

Visitors to Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando will encounter the following changes:

  • Temperature checks on arrival
  • Requirement for face masks
  • Social distancing markers
  • Groups will be kept separate
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Contactless payment
  • Reduced capacity

The three parks will look very different for visitors and employees, according to presentations made to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

Visitors will receive a temperature check, and no one with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be allowed to enter. Employees will also receive temperature checks.

Visitors and employees will be required to wear face coverings. The parks will provide disposable face masks for visitors who don't bring their own.

The parks' capacity will be limited.

"We’re going to ramp up very slowly," John Sprouls, chief administrative officer for Universal Studios, told the economic recovery task force.

On rides, parties will be kept together, with no commingling, and attraction queues will be spaced out for social distancing.

Single-use paper menus will replace reusable ones in the parks' restaurants. Mobile food ordering will be set up. The parks will offer contactless payment options, including Google Pay and Apple Pay.

Employees will be required to take regular hand-washing breaks, wear face masks and space themselves at least 6 feet apart. They will also be asked to monitor their temperatures at 真人百家家乐官网网站home.

The parks have installed signage at the entrances and throughout the park to let visitors know what's expected of them.

Some changes are park-specific. Valet parking will not be available at Universal, and cars will park one or two spaces apart. Disney will employ cast members to "politely but effectively" enforce social distancing and face mask requirements, said Jim McGhee, senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World.

Parades will be temporarily suspended at Disney World and SeaWorld.

SeaWorld plans to install plexiglass barriers in high-traffic and high-contact areas. Photo opportunities will be changed to allow for social distancing.

"We’re excited to bring back our guests," said Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. "People can still have a great experience, but spaced appropriately."

Some theme parks reopening as others wait and see

On May 20, the Disney Springs retail and dining complex in central Florida partially reopened with many of the elements of the bigger park plans.

Entertainment venues at Disney Springs did not reopen right away. Temperature screenings and mask requirements apply to both visitors and employees, and no one with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be allowed to enter.