Like other popular destinations across the country and around the world, Orlando, FL has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Instead of the usual crowds of spring break enthusiasts and exciting families arriving from near and far, the central Florida area is instead filled with empty theme parks, closed storefronts and restaurants only offering take out orders.
Despite the temporary gloom, Orlando is still bursting with beautiful sunshine and seasonally warm temperatures. And from Walt Disney World Resort and all the other attractions to shops, restaurants, hotels and resorts, Orlando is eagerly awaiting its opportunity to re-open the doors to the usual fun and excitement.
When the time comes and it’s safe to head back to the parks, your Official Ticket Center will be ready and waiting to help you kickstart the family fun and memories. In the meantime, here is a brief update from Orlando’s major theme parks.
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
All theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios), water parks (Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon), resorts and hotels, plus Disney Springs and other Disney venues are currently closed until at least April 19, 2020.
In fact, all of Disney’s worldwide parks are now closed at the same time for the first time in history – including Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.
- Disney is now taking reservations for June 1, 2020 or later.
- Unused tickets from March 12, 2020 and throughout the closed period may be used anytime thru December 15, 2020.
- If you can’t use tickets by Dec. 15, you can apply the value of any wholly unused ticket toward the price of a ticket on a future date.
- All change and cancellation fees are being waived for any reservations through June 1, 2020.
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
Universal Orlando Resort also closed its operations in mid-March, shutting the doors to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay water theme park, as well as Universal’s exclusive resort hotels. Those venues are all currently slated to stay closed until at least April 19, 2020.
- Universal Orlando tickets for all dates during the closure period will still be valid for 365 days from the original purchase date.
- Guests can also apply the value of any wholly unused tickets toward tickets purchased for a later date.
- Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration will not be restarted upon the park’s opening. Any remaining Mardi Gras 2020 dates/concerts have been cancelled.
- All Blue Man Group shows at Universal Orlando CityWalk are cancelled through at least April 19, 2020.
SeaWorld Orlando and its sister parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa, Discovery Cove and Aquatica water park are also closed indefinitely until further notice, with no projected reopening date yet scheduled.
- SeaWorld park tickets good for any dates during the closure will be extended through December 31, 2020.
- Discovery Cove reservations prior to April 30 can be re-booked for any date prior to December 31, 2020 at the same rate, with no change fee.
OTHER NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – NASA’s fun-filled space park is closed until further notice.
- Daily admission tickets dated from March 16 until the Visitors Complex reopens will be refunded.
- Any unexpired daily admission tickets are still valid.
- Special private programs (Dine with an Astronaut, ATX, Overnight Adventures, Special Interest Bus Tours, etc.) will be cancelled and refunded.
- All refunds will be automatically issued in calendar date order.>