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2020 Theme Park Guide

Posted 30 days ago

Raf with her family at EpcotRaf with her family at Epcot

We’re excited to welcome you back to our resorts for some family vacation time while keeping your safety as our top priority. And speaking of safety, we know you probably have a lot of questions about theme parks (and what theme park COVID-19 precautions will look like) nowadays. Masks, temperature checks, special ticket reservations … it can all be a little confusing! So, we’ve compiled everything we know so far about theme park re-openings near our Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Resorts.

One common theme across all theme parks? Extra cleaning and social distancing. From there, info seems to vary by park destination.

While we hope this theme park guide is a helpful first step in your vacation planning (and decision-making) process, only you can decide if the time is right to start riding rides and enjoying park snacks again (churros, anyone?). Just know that this information is subject to change as COVID-19 continues to evolve, so be sure to double-check directly with the theme park you’re considering before heading out for your day of thrills, magic and fun!

From your Orange Lake Resort and Orlando Breeze Resort home bases:


Child meeting Goofy at Walt Disney World
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World®

  • Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 10 miles from Orange Lake Resort
      • 13.5 miles from Orlando Breeze Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom re-open on July 11.
      • Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT re-open on July 15.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park except when in designated relaxation areas or while eating and drinking in a stationary spot.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will not be admitted and they, along with their entire party, will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance.
    • Reservations:
      • Guests ages 3 and up will need both a valid theme park ticket and a (new) park entry reservation for the same date.
    • Special Events:
      • H2O Glow Nights and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party have been canceled. However, “A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival” kicks off this July 15.
    • Learn more on Walt Disney World’s website



Exterior view of SeaWorld Orlando
Photo courtesy of SeaWorld® Parks & Entertainment, Inc.

  • SeaWorld® Orlando
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 15.3 miles from Orange Lake Resort
      • 18.6 miles from Orlando Breeze Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • SeaWorld and Aquatica® Orlando are currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Reservations:
      • Guests must make a reservation prior to visiting, and you can reserve up to six people at a time. Guests must bring both their reservation and valid park ticket for entry. You can book a reservation here.
    • Learn more on SeaWorld’s website


Family of four standing in front of the Universal Orlando globe
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort TM

  • Universal Orlando ResortTM
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 19.8 miles from Orange Lake Resort
      • 23 miles from Orlando Breeze Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Universal Orlando Resort is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Everyone is required to wear a face covering during their visit.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Before You Ride:
      • Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer at certain locations, including before boarding a ride vehicle.
    • Learn more on Universal Orlando’s website

Small child riding mechanical horse at LEGOLAND Florida
Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 34.4 miles from Orange Lake Resort
      • 29.2 miles from Orlando Breeze Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • LEGOLAND Florida Resort is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Masks are required for guests ages 8+.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Social Distancing When Parking:
      • When parking, guests are being asked to leave a space available on both sides of your car.
    • Learn more on LEGOLAND’s website



Roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens®

  • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 65.7 miles from Orange Lake Resort
      • 62.6 miles from Orlando Breeze Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Special Events:
      • Certain animal interactions will be modified and only tours allowing for physical distancing will operate.
    • Learn more on Busch Gardens’ website

From your Cape Canaveral Beach Resort home base:


Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden
Photo courtesy of Kennedy Space CenterTM

  • Kennedy Space CenterTM Visitor Complex
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 16.7 miles from Cape Canaveral Beach Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Kennedy Space Center is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Masks are required while at the visitor complex. Children ages 2 and under are not required to wear a face covering.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Ticketing:
      • In addition to admission to the visitor complex, you’ll receive a complimentary admission ticket valid for use beginning January 1, 2021, through December 25, 2021, which will be provided to you upon arrival to the visitor complex.
    • Learn more on Kennedy Space Center’s website



From your Holiday Hills Resort and Ozark Mountain Resort home bases:


Silver Dollar City
Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City®

  • Silver Dollar City® amusement park
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 11.7 miles from Holiday Hills Resort
      • 11.8 miles from Ozark Mountain Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Silver Dollar City, White Water & Showboat Branson Belle are currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Face masks or face coverings are required for all visitors ages 3 and up.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry.
      • Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Guests with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted entry.
    • Health Screenings:
      • All guests will be screened with a four-question health assessment prior to entry.
    • Learn more on Silver Dollar City’s website



From your Smoky Mountain Resort home base:


Dollywood
Photo courtesy of Dollywood®

  • Dollywood®
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 10.1 miles from Smoky Mountain Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins are currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Face masks or face coverings are required for all visitors ages 3 and up.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry.
      • Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Guests with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted entry.
    • Health Screenings:
      • All guests will be screened with a four-question health assessment prior to entry.
    • Learn more on Dollywood’s website

From your Williamsburg Resort home base:


Water slide at Busch Gardens
Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens®

  • Busch Gardens® Williamsburg
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 12.8 miles from Williamsburg Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Busch Gardens will remain closed based on Virginia state guidelines and patron limitations of 1,000 per entertainment venue. A re-opening date has not been confirmed yet.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • When re-opened, guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • When re-opened, temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Special Events:
      • When re-opened, certain animal interactions will be modified and only tours allowing for physical distancing will operate.
    • Learn more on Busch Gardens’ website



From your Galveston Beach Resort and Galveston Seaside Resort home bases:


Schlitterbahn Galveston
Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn®

  • Schlitterbahn® Galveston
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 4.8 miles from Galveston Beach Resort
      • 13.5 miles from Galveston Seaside Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Schlitterbahn is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Face coverings are required in designated areas for guests ages 2 and up. For your safety, they ask that face coverings are removed when experiencing water attractions or pools.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests.
    • Reservations:
      • Before coming to the park, all guests must schedule their visit in advance through an online reservation system.
    • Learn more on Schlitterbahn’s website

From your Hill Country Resort home base:


Woman and young girl coming down a waterslide at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn®

  • Schlitterbahn® New Braunfels
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 19.5 miles from Hill Country Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Schlitterbahn is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Face coverings are required in designated areas for guests ages 2 and up. For your safety, they ask that face coverings are removed when experiencing water attractions or pools.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests.
    • Reservations:
      • Before coming to the park, all guests must schedule their visit in advance through an online reservation system.
    • Learn more on Schlitterbahn’s website

Batman The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Photo courtesy of Six Flags®

  • Six Flags® Fiesta Texas
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 46.2 miles from Hill Country Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • Six Flags Fiesta Texas is currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • All guests over the age of 2 are required to wear masks. Exceptions apply in pools and waterpark attractions, and Mask Break Zones are available.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry.
    • Reservations:
    • Learn more on Six Flags’ website

SeaWorld San Antonio
Photo courtesy of SeaWorld® Parks & Entertainment, Inc.

  • SeaWorld® San Antonio
    • Miles from Resort:
      • 59.5 miles from Hill Country Resort
    • Opening Dates:
      • SeaWorld and Aquatica® San Antonio are currently open.
    • Mask Requirements:
      • Guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.
    • Temperature Screenings
      • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival.
      • Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.
    • Reservations:
      • Guests must make a reservation prior to visiting, and you may reserve up to six people at a time. Guests must bring both their reservation and park ticket for entry. Book a reservation here.
    • Learn more on SeaWorld’s website

Whether you’re ready to roll right back into theme park action or you’re wanting to wait for a little while longer, we hope this guide was a helpful start on what to expect as you plan your next vacation. And, that you’re staying happy, safe and healthy from wherever you are!

Remember: For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check with the theme park you’re visiting directly since the situation is ever-changing.

Safe travels, and let the fun begin!

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Jessica Salina

Jessica is the Social Media Specialist at Holiday Inn Club Vacations. She’s originally from Rhode Island, but loved vacationing in Florida so much that she now lives here in the Sunshine State! She loves running, coffee and exploring her new home state. She knows everything there is to know about Walt Disney World and enjoys finding international travel inspiration at Epcot with her husband, Anthony.