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Universal Studios in Orlando to partially reopen this week

The announcement comes after Disney Springs opened up

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, guests cool off under a water mist by the globe at Universal Studios City Walk at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Fla. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the company that owns Universal theme parks around the world says it’s delaying construction on a fourth theme park in Florida and that the opening of a Nintendo-themed park in Japan will be pushed back by a few months.
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, guests cool off under a water mist by the globe at Universal Studios City Walk at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Fla. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the company that owns Universal theme parks around the world says it’s delaying construction on a fourth theme park in Florida and that the opening of a Nintendo-themed park in Japan will be pushed back by a few months.
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Universal Studios Orlando will undergo a partial reopening this week after seeing Walt Disney Co. open up its Disney Springs location in Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s going on:

  • Select venues at the CityWalk portion will reopen on Thursday. Hours of operation will stretch from 4 to 10 p.m. every day.
  • Visitors will be required to wear masks. The park will check temperatures when guests arrive, too.
  • Universal Studios Orlando park and Islands of Adventure will stay closed through May 31. Universal Studios Hollywood will be closed through that same time period, too.

Context:

  • The announcement comes about a week after Disney announced it would hold a phased reopening with Disney Springs resort, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. Disney Springs opened a select number of shopping and dining options. The shopping area would only allow areas owned by third-parties to operate.
  • Disney Springs opened with the requirement that cast members increase the cleaning procedures and go under new training. Guests must wear face masks in the area, too.
  • Earlier this week, Disney reopened its Shanghai Disneyland location, as I reported for the Deseret News. The park reopened with some restrictions and changes. Guests, for example, have to book their arrival in advance and wear masks at the park. Most rides remain unavailable for now.