Legoland reopens today, first big theme park in Florida to come back after coronavirus shutdowns

Legoland reopens today, first big theme park in Florida to come back after coronavirus shutdowns

Legoland is opening Monday with limitations on the number of guests and other pandemic-inspired rules(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel) Legoland Florida is welcoming visitors through its turnstiles starting at 10 a.m. Monday, making it the first major theme park in the state to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. Central Florida’s theme parks, the economic engine that powers the region, are reopening gradually over the next six weeks. Universal Orlando’s two theme parks and water park open to the general public Friday while SeaWorld Orlando’s turn is June 11. Walt Disney World’s four theme parks are staggered, opening to the general public starting either July 11 or July 15 . Annual passholders and employees could potentially get sneak previews before the official openings. What is certain is the theme park experience will be different since the highly contagious virus has killed 100,000 Americans since May 28. Unlike Disney, Universal or SeaWorld, visitors coming to Legoland are not required to wear a face mask, although Jackson said it would be strongly encouraged. People who don’t have masks can get complimentary disposable ones. Visitors must also pass temperature checks before they can enter, with the threshold of admittance of less than 100.4 º F. The screening process will also prohibit people who have traveled internationally or been on a cruise within two weeks to enter. Character meet-and-greets have been suspended and the park’s staff will disinfect high-frequency touch points, including Lego bricks, ride restraints, tables, chairs, service counters and door handles. Don’t expect to pull out a wad of bills from your pocket to pay. Buying items in stores and restaurants where capacity will be limited is cashless only.

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