Update: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has approved the plan!
On Wednesday, May 27 the reopening plan for SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove was presented to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. It was presented by Marc Swanson, Interim CEO, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Kyle Miller, President SeaWorld Orlando, and Brad Gilmour, Vice President of Operations, Discovery Cove.
SeaWorld Orlando has proposed a June 11 reopening date for the general public. This date is for Aquatica and Discovery Cove as well. Several points were covered to keep guests safe. Face coverings will be required for guests and employees. Physical distancing will include signs and physical barriers. There will be enhanced cleaning and sanitation. All guests and employees will have their temperatures checked before entering. For employees, the work and sick policies will be updated, and they will receive COVID-19 training.
The presentation also touched on “specific enhancements to key operational areas”. These included updates to the ticketing and arrival areas, restaurants, retail shops, and the animal exhibits. There will be signs throughout the parks to remind guests of the safety procedures. Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before and after each ride.
At the water parks, capacity will be limited. Groups will not be combined on the rafts. Additional cleaning measures will be in place.
The proposal was approved by the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. It will now be submitted to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. If he approves it, it will then be passed on to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.