UPDATE: Busch Gardens and Adventure will open June 11.
Guests will notice increased cleaning and safety protocols in addition to limits on the number of people who can be in the theme parks at once. A new online reservation system will help manage capacity.
“Over the past two months, we have worked with state and local health officials, third party medical and epidemiology experts, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and animals in our care, and will continue to follow the guidance from health officials as conditions evolve,” said Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc, which owns Busch Gardens.
More information and links below.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Orlando SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica and Adventure Island will start its phased reopening Thursday, June 11.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced the reopening of the parks, detailing the health and safety protocols, which include cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements, and temperature screening.
A new online reservation system will also help manage capacity to allow for social distancing.
The phased reopening plan was approved by the State of Florida.
“We have been eagerly awaiting the day to announce the reopening of Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, and we’re so glad that day is here,” said Stewart Clark, president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. “The health and safety of our guests has always been our top priority and we’re looking forward to delivering memorable experiences at our parks while addressing the important health and safety needs of our guests during this time.”
“We thank Governor DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Demings, Orlando Mayor Dyer, and the members of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force for their support of tourism in Central Florida as we prepare to reopen our Orlando parks to the public on June 11th,” Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., shared in the statement. “Over the past two months, we have worked with state and local health officials, third party medical and epidemiology experts, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and animals in our care, and will continue to follow the guidance of health officials as conditions evolve.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to reopen our three Orlando parks – SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove,” Kyle Miller, president of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, added in the statement. “We know our guests are anxious to return, and we’re working hard to provide a safe environment so they can enjoy many more memorable experiences with us and their friends and family.”
The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island websites have detailed information about the measures guests can expect when the parks reopen, including key operational changes.
Visit the details on the Orlando parks: SeaWorld.com/Orlando, Aquatica.com/Orlando, and DiscoveryCove.com.
The parks will also require advance online reservations.
Reservations will be available starting at 10 a.m. on June 8. V
Visit buschgardens.com/tampa/reservation and adventureisland.com/reservation for more details.