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Universal Orlando Update: Phased Re-Opening Begins For Hotel Guests Only, Including Theme Parks

Universal Orlando announced yesterday that they would begin a phased reopening of the resort today, Friday September 30 to resort guests only who are currently staying at the Universal Orlando Hotels.

This morning, Universal Orlando began allowing resort guests into CityWalk at 11am, allowing guests to visit stores, and restaurants within CityWalk.

CityWalk's re-opening was welcomed by cast members leading the guests in a dance party!

The entire Universal Orlando Resort is only open today to hotel guests only. At CityWalk team members will ask to see everyone’s resort key and if anyone does not have one they will be asked to leave the property.

At the same time as CityWalk opened, Volcano Bay was opened to resort guests also.

As for the main theme parks, Universal Studios Florida theme park opened at noon to guests, but Universal's Islands of Adventure is to remain closed today.

Due to the flooding still within the resort, Universal are recommending hotel guests use bus transportation, and not to use pathways between hotels and attractions, as many paths are still flooded.

Universal Orlando Resort has not yet revealed re-opening plans to the general public for the resort, or when Islands Of Adventure will re-open at all, plus no word yet on TONIGHT'S Halloween Horror Nights, we will keep you updated!

Orlando's Universal Orlando Resort has been affected more than its neighbouring rival Walt Disney World over at Lake Buena Vista, which avoided the worst of Hurricane Ian.

Universal has suffered damage throughout the resort, including damage to attractions, a large section of the show building for Jurassic River Adventure in Orlando's Islands Of Adventure was ripped off, The Hulk Rollercoaster has track completely under water, and the waterways which are used to transport guest on river boats between the resorts hotel and the theme parks are seriously flooded.

Flooding has also caused damage to scare houses for Halloween Horror Nights.


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