Orange County

Heading to the theme parks? Here’s what you need to know about changes coming to temperature checks, social distancing

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Three Central Florida theme parks are making big adjustments to their COVID-19 safety measures.

Starting Thursday, guests entering Universal Orlando will not have to get their temperature checked.


Walt Disney World said it will phase out temperature checks starting May 8 for cast members and on May 16 for guests.

SeaWorld is also phasing out temperature checks.

When the parks reopened during the pandemic, they required temperature checks for entry. Guests could not have a temperature above 100.4 degrees.

Universal Orlando also announced it is implementing 3 feet of social distancing throughout its theme parks and resorts. It was 6 feet.

READ: Universal Orlando to eliminate temperature checks, reduce social distancing to 3 feet starting Thursday

SeaWorld announced Thursday that it is also implementing 3 feet of social distancing throughout its theme park.

“This allows them as they manage the lines and other things for those outdoor types of settings and even indoors,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. “They are able to increase capacity as a result of that.”

Walt Disney World did not say when or if it will be making changes to its social distancing guidelines. The park is still implementing 6 feet of distancing.

READ: Disney announces plans to phase out temperature screenings

As of now, all theme parks are still requiring guests to wear a face covering during their visit.

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