It appears Legoland has crossed the first hurdle to reopening, with restrictions, starting on June 1, 2020. They have gained the initial permission from local government officials and now it’s being sent to the state for final approval.
They have updated their website with the new information:
“Our all-new LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel will open on June 1, 2020. LEGOLAND® Hotel will continue to operate within government guidelines for guests with existing reservations, and new reservations are now available for travel dates June 1 or later for both LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel and LEGOLAND® Hotel. For the most recent updates, visit: legoland.com/operations-update”
According to the Legoland General Manager, Rex Jackson, gave more detail on the restrictions that will be in place upon reopening.
- The park will open to a maximum 50% capacity (or about 6,000 people)
- Masks will be highly recommended but not required. Complimentary masks will be provided for guests who don’t bring them.
- Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be admitted, nor will any members of the individual’s party. Temperatures will be taken with a forehead thermometer. If a guest shows a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be retested with a different thermometer to verify.
- The same limitations will be enforced at both hotels and the facilities in side the park like restaurants and live entertainment.
- Social distancing at lines and other events with signs and markers.
- Appropriate social distancing in theaters, restaurants, and parking areas.
- No Self-Service Buffets, Salad bars, or access to soda fountains and/or condiment areas.
- Stricter cleaning regimens “including regular sanitation of restaurant tables and seats, handles and other frequently touched parts of rides, door handles and restrooms, he said. The park will also have a large number of stations with hand sanitizer dispensers.“
- Some attractions will not reopen on the June 1st date due to social distancing requirements. These would include interactive play areas, meet and greets with characters and some games.
- The park will open some of its signature “Lego brick pits” and there will be frequent cleaning and sanitation
- All employees will wear masks and some will be required to wear gloves, face shields or other protection equipment.
- Plastic screens have been installed at cashier and service stations to protect workers and guests.
- Guests are being asked to book online, if possible, before arrival, to help limit the capacity but pre-arrival booking is not required.
- Inside the park vendors will only accept credit card or debit card payments. No cash will be accepted..
Winter Haven Mayor Brad Dantzler agreed to sign a letter to Halsey Beshears, Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional regulation. This gives the city’s consent to the reopening. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
“On behalf of the city of Winter Haven, I ask that you help us recover through one of our most powerful economic engines, tourism. Considered one of the ‘big three’ for Central Florida attractions, along with Disney and Universal, an empty Legoland affects more than the city of Winter Haven.”
We just learned that Universal Orlando is also aiming for the June 1st reopening date, but with June 5th being the first public date. They too have the initial approval to sent to the Governor’s office.
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Source: The Ledger