SeaWorld Orlando reopened to visitors after 84 days of closure. Whilst the park was closed, the zoological operations including animal rescue and rehabilitation continued.
Jon Peterson VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld said that even though the park was closed, their teams were working around the clock. He said they had rescued 63 animals during the closure and managed to return 33 of those back to their natural environment. Amongst those rescued were two pregnant Manatees that had been struck by boats and that those manatees gave birth whilst at SeaWorld. The Manatees are just about ready to be released back in to the wild.
SeaWorld Orlando has now reopened with limited capacity.
As limited capacity is currently in operation both parks require visitors to have a reservation to enter the parks.
SeaWorld Orlando will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Busch Gardens will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the foreseeable future.
All guests will temperature checked on entering the park with Face masks being required for guests aged 2 and over. There are rest areas set aside where guests can remove face masks.
Social Distancing measures in all areas have been put in to place along with clear protective screens at the checkouts.
Hand Sanitiser stations are located throughout the park
Statement from: Marc Swanson – Interim CEO, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
For more than half a century, SeaWorld guests have put their trust in us to not only deliver incredible experiences for them, but to do so in a way that’s safe for them and their families.
I want to take this opportunity to share with you how SeaWorld is committed to safely opening our parks for you, our employees, and the animals in our care.
For over two months, all 12 of our parks have been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, we have worked diligently alongside health experts, attraction industry leaders and fellow park operators to make our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards even stronger. We have developed a comprehensive plan for all of our parks to follow and are committed to keeping you informed of the steps we’re taking to keep you safe.
Of course, this is a situation that’s changing all the time – we will continue to monitor the latest information from health experts and make the necessary changes in our parks to keep you safe.
We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities and with health officials who are making decisions about when certain communities can reopen, allowing us to make decisions on a park-by-park basis.
We have spent the last two months making sure our parks are ready for your return. We are eagerly looking forward to having all 12 of our parks open and providing our guests incredible and inspirational experiences.
Without question, we want to welcome you back into our parks; but we also want you safe when you’re here.
Safety Measures and FAQ can be found HERE