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Theme parks, hotels, & entertainment venues reopen in Kissimmee

Theme parks, hotels, & entertainment venues reopen in Kissimmee
Pax Global Media

Although international visitors can't visit just yet, attractions and accommodations in Kissimmee are gradually starting to reopen. 

Experience Kissimmee, the destination’s official tourism authority, is working with its partners to share their new and updates safety measures — to help make visitors’ stays as safe as possible as the process of reopening begins.

Close to world-famous theme parks, Kissimmee is also situated at the headwaters of the Everglades, offering an abundance of attractions, towns and eco-experiences to explore.

There are more than 70,000 accommodation options including more than 50,000 holiday homes with private access, which are ideal for multi-generation holidays or larger family groups.

On May 20th, 2020, Osceola County approved the reopening of holiday homes to overnight visitors if certain criteria are met. Comprehensive training for staff, housekeepers and technicians has already been completed, as well as a revaluation of the extensive program for enhanced cleaning procedures. For the full update, click here.

Resorts, attractions, & theme parks

In accordance with state and local government guidelines for reopening resorts, Margaritaville Resort Orlando reopened its doors on May 15th, 2020, for all properties inclusive of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which includes Margaritaville Hotel and Cottages.

Other resorts and hotels including Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Westgate Town Center Resort and Spa, Reunion Resort and Golf Club and Melia Orlando Celebration are all open.

Reopening dates are changing daily. Click here for a full update on hotels and resorts.

Many attractions including Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, Boggy Creek Airport Adventures, Revolution Adventures, Old Town, Fun Spot, Dinosaur World and Island H20 Live! are currently open and have implemented new social distancing protocols.

On June 1st, 2020, many more attractions began openings including Discovery Cove, Wild Florida and Bok Tower Gardens.

Disney Springs began a responsible phased reopening on May 20th, 2020. Several shopping and dining locations are now open, and a number of new safety measures have been activated. These include restricted parking areas, cashless transactions, and mandatory temperature screenings.

Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk also reopened on May 20th and restaurants including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Voodoo Doughnut are currently offering limited seating options and are accepting mobile orders.

Legoland Florida Resort reopened on June 1st, 2020.

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal’s Island of Adventure reopened on 5 June 2020. This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place.

SeaWorld Parks & Resort Orlando and Aquatica SeaWorld’s Watepark will reopen June 11th.

Walt Disney World has planned a tiered reopening. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom have a tentative reopening date of 11 July 2020, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on 15 July. Busch Gardens Tampa is remaining closed until further notice.

Dining & shopping

A broad range of restaurants are now open in Kissimmee and are offering socially distanced dining, curbside pick-ups, takeaways, and deliveries.

Open restaurants include STK, Orlando’s Top-Rated Steakhouse, Estefan Kitchen at Sunset Walk, Frontera Cocina and Vintage Vino Wine Bar.

Click here for full restaurant openings.

Simon Shopping published its COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy allowing Florida Mall, Orlando Premium Outlets and Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineyard Avenue to commence the first phase of their reopening. Phase 1 includes 25% indoor capacity and thorough social distancing guidelines. The Mall at Millena has reopened with new daily hours, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For a full listing of all shop openings, click here.

For all Kissimmee reopening updates, click here.

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