My Family Just Returned From Universal Orlando – Here's What It's Like to Visit Amid COVID-19

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Universal Orlando recently reopened after a months-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When we decided to check it out, I was excited to take my kids for the first time but also understandably worried about how it would feel to take my family to a theme park while the virus is still largely present in Florida.

Florida’s case numbers have been on the rise since the state reopened many businesses in early May, and we put a lot of thought into deciding whether now was a good time to visit. The CDC has some really helpful information on travel-related safety measures and who is considered high risk for serious illness. After doing my research, I felt comfortable and prepared for our visit, but I would urge anyone considering travel right now to weigh the pros and cons and be aware of any safety precautions before planning a trip.

I’ve been obsessed with Universal Orlando since before the park even opened 30 years ago. I remember getting my hands on a preopening brochure and poring over each and every detail, excitedly preparing for my chance to get on the rides myself. With the new health and safety regulations (and the inherent risk of visiting a theme park), I had no idea if my kids would feel that same excitement and make those same happy memories.

While there’s no denying the experience was different, I was impressed by the safety rules and regulations it’s put into place and surprised to find there were still plenty of magical moments and happy memories to be made. Here are 10 things we learned on our visit.

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