Here in Kissimmee, the teams at our awesome local attractions have been working hard to ensure you’re in good hands when you’re ready to visit again. From Gatorland to Old Town Kissimmee, and everywhere in between, procedures are being implemented in compliance with CDC guidelines. More importantly, our attractions are going above and beyond to make sure your next vacation is as stress-free as it is exciting. We know you have a lot of questions about what to expect when you visit, that’s why we’re here with the answers you need! Check out this handy FAQ to our local attractions.
Q: What are the precautionary measures in public spaces?
A: Local attractions are taking every precautionary measure to ensure your safety. Many have added additional handwashing and hand sanitizer stations throughout their facilities — Gatorland alone has added over 50 stations throughout their park! You may also notice smaller crowds in public spaces. This is intentional. By limiting capacity numbers and distancing guests, attractions are giving you more room to roam, explore, and enjoy everything they have to offer. At attractions like ICON Park, keep your eyes peeled for directional signage designed to limit congestion in popular areas.
Q: Where do you have to wear a mask?
A: If you’re over the age of two, face masks are required in all public spaces through Osceola County. And if you’re reading this and you’re under the age of two, that’s very impressive! Wearing a mask is a safe and simple way to protect yourself and others as you enjoy our local attractions. At Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park, you'll need to wear a mask in the welcome center and during your orientation, but once you’re up in the tree tops, you’re safe to remove it. You'll also receive a complimentary pair of gloves for your safety while you work on your best Tarzan impression.
Similarly at Wild Florida, you'll need to mask up when you check out their Gator Park, airboats, and giraffe feeding platform, but you're okay to go mask-free in your own vehicle while you cruise through their awesome, up-close drive-thru safari.
You’re probably also wondering about face masks in neighboring Orange County. A similar ordinance is in place there as well. Now, there are some exceptions. As we mentioned earlier, children under the age of two are exempt, as are people with a documented health condition. If you’re dining in an establishment, you’ll have to wear a mask when entering and exiting, but they may be removed while eating.
You can find more information on Osceola County’s mask ordinance here.
As always, your best bet is to call the attraction you’re visiting ahead of time to ensure you have all the information you need.
Q: How often are common areas cleaned?
A: The simple answer here is continuously. CDC guidelines call for rigorous cleaning procedures to ensure your safety. That means high-touch surfaces such as rides, show seating, counters, and pin pads are disinfected after every use. Doorknobs, hand and grab rails, seating, and restrooms surfaces are sanitized frequently throughout the day. At food venues, you’ll see counters, tables, and chairs cleaned after every guest. And overnight, attractions are thoroughly disinfected in the interest of safety.
Q: Are restaurants or bars open on properties?
A: What’s a vacation without a memorable meal? Our local attractions want you to be comfortable, and they’re working with their establishments to make that possible. Most restaurants are open, but are operating at reduced indoor capacity (as low as 25% in many locations) to give you room to enjoy your meal. In addition, some restaurants have expanded to offer outdoor, socially-distanced seating, so you can eat in the beautiful Florida sunshine —like the classic Florida-style BBQ at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.
As for bars, they are currently open for seated service only. Like restaurants, bars may offer outdoor seating when it’s permissible and they can implement proper social distancing.
Q: How are staff taking precautions?
A: Staff at our local attractions have undergone training on proper social distancing, cleaning, and personal protection and hygiene. Like you, they’re also required to wear face masks at all times while on the job or in public. Also, many attractions have implemented temperature checks for workers to ensure everyone is healthy and happy.
Q: How will social distancing in queue lines work?
A: Because of enhanced cleaning protocols, you may find yourself waiting in lines at shows, rides, restaurants, and shops. With this in mind, queues have been carefully marked and labeled to ensure safe physical distancing based on CDC guidelines.
At Gatorland, you'll even have the help of everyone's favorite Florida cryptid — The Social Distancing Skunk Ape! This safety-conscious mascot will be popping up around the park to remind visitors to socially distance, and encourage you to hit up that hand sanitizer.
Q: Will all shows and attractions be open?
A: Eventually, yes! In certain cases, arrangements are being made to ensure proper social distancing on rides. For example, at The Wheel at ICON Park, each party will be upgraded to a private capsule when riding to ensure CDC guidelines are met. At Old Town Kissimmee, their reign as “America’s Longest Running Weekly Car Show” is still going strong, with classic cars cruising by every Friday and Saturday. Live music on those days is still rocking too, though you’ll have to practice your best stationary dance moves as the area in front of the stage is closed for now.
That said, some rides and attractions offer limited space for proper social distancing, meaning they’ll need to remain closed for the time being. If there’s a specific attraction you’re excited to see, we recommend reaching out to confirm whether it is open.
Q: What amenities are open?
A: The good news is that many of your favorite amenities are open and ready to serve you. Retail stores, personal care services, and even gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity while following CDC guidelines on social distancing and sanitization. Other amenities, such as movie theaters, concert venues, bowling alleys, and arcades, are also open and operating at a reduced capacity. Studio Movie Grill is taking the idea of contactless ordering digital. You can order tickets, food, and more right from their app!
Things may look a little different around here, but the thrill of a vacation getaway with the ones you love is exactly how you remember it. With these safety precautions in place, you can enjoy Kissimmee’s local attractions with peace of mind.