Walt Disney World Sets July 11 Reopening Date for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World announced plans on Wednesday to cautiously open its gates July 11.

Disney’s theme parks in Florida have been closed since March 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their reopening will follow its Florida rival, Universal Orlando, which is set to reopen June 5.

SeaWorld Orlando also presented its plan to Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force and plans to reopen for employees on June 10, and for the public on June 11. 

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Universal Orlando Will Reopen June 5

Universal Studios theme park plans to reopen to the public at reduced capacity on June 5, the company said on Thursday. The announcement was made during an Orange County, Florida Economic Recovery Task Force meeting attended by county, health department experts, and community leaders. The Economic Recovery Task Force approved Universal’s plans to restart on June 5.

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In the Age of Coronavirus: Florida Man Arrested after he Allegedly Stole 66 Rolls of Toilet Paper from Orlando Hotel

A Florida man was arrested for pulling the most COVID-19-esque crime imaginable: the toilet paper theft.

Angel Esteban Hernandezcinto, 31, was arrested in the Sunshine State in the early morning hours of Thursday for allegedly stealing 66 rolls of toilet paper from a hotel amid a nationwide shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Investigators said that it happened at the Marriott Hotel in Orlando.

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Check out SeaWorld’s Next Cool Roller-Coaster

Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker is currently under construction near to Shamu Stadium and the Wild Arctic attraction and is scheduled to open in the spring of this year.

SeaWorld invited media and bloggers to take a quick tour behind the construction walls to see how the coaster is progressing. The new attraction is about two-thirds of the way to completion and the rest of the track is currently being installed.

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New Attractions Coming to Orlando

What is coming to Orlando in 2020 and 2021?

Theme parks all around Orlando have been adding new experiences to their lineups. From the highly themed to the highly thrilling, here are 5 new roller coasters coming to town.

Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando, coming spring 2020

Ice Breaker will be SeaWorld Orlando’s first launched roller coaster. Opening this coming spring, it will be built in the Wild Arctic area of the park. The coaster will take riders both forward and backward, with speeds reaching 52 miles per hour on a 90-second trip. With a track length of 2,750 feet, it will reach a maximum height of 95 feet.

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High-Speed Train Connecting Orlando Theme Parks and Miami Cruise Port Set to Open in 2022

Construction works continue on Virgin Trains high-speed rail service across the state of Florida.

Formally known as Brightline, the train will connect Orlando to West Palm Beach, down to Miami, with speeds up to 125 mph.

Florida’s new high-speed rail system is part of a goal to get 3 million cars off the road. The rail is expected to cost $2.5 billion, including a $70 million maintenance facility south of the Orlando International Airport.

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Orlando International Airport Resumes Operations

Orlando International Airport reopens for flights noon Wednesday, airport officials announced.

The Orlando airport was closed at 2 a.m. Tuesday in preparations for Hurricane Dorian. Greater Orlando Aviation Authority officials, after consulting with the National Weather Service, said it is safe to reopen the state’s busiest airport.

Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida closed Tuesday afternoon ahead of forecasted strong winds and heavy rain. The approaching storm also forced Orlando International Airport to stop operations at 2 a.m. Tuesday.

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Orlando International Airport Will Be Open Monday

Orlando International Airport will remain open on Monday, according to a statement of officials.

As the forecast for Hurricane Dorian shifted further off Florida’s east coast, Orlando International Airport will continue with operations on Monday, despite a previous tweet saying it would cease flights at 2 a.m. Monday on September 2.

The Orlando International Airport announced on Saturday night that flight operations will continue on Monday. Airport officials say Dorian’s changing track is the reason behind the decision of lifting its previous planned closure and they will keep an eye on the storm.

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Officials Investigating Electrical Incident at Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando admitted workers and customers received electric shocks at Volcano Bay water theme park after employees had been hospitalized.

Universal Studios’ Orlando, Florida resort’s Volcano Bay water theme park closed early on Sunday after several customers and workers complained of electric shocks and the Orlando Fire Department transported four patients to area hospitals.

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