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    Default Universal Orlando closing hotels

    This news from TravelMole which I guess underlines the current difficult situation.

    Universal Orlando closing hotels

    Universal Orlando is closing two hotels indefinitely from this week.

    From 21 August Sapphire Falls and Aventura hotels will temporarily close due to the Covid-19 downturn, with no definite reopening date yet.

    That leaves just half of Universal's eight hotels open, as Portofino Bay and Endless Summer - Dockside have not opened since the pandemic shut down the theme park in March.

    Guests with bookings for Sapphire Falls and Aventura will be re-accommodated in the remaining hotels Endless Summer - Surfside Inn & Suites, Cabana Bay, Loews Royal Pacific, or Hard Rock Hotel.

    The closures will enable Loews to 'consolidate our hotel operations as we manage through current conditions.'

    Loews operates all Universal Orlando's hotels.

    While park attendance has remained fairly steady under social distancing protocols, a high number of visitors are local due to strict rules on out-of-state travelers returning home after visiting Florida.

    That means Universal is struggling to fill hotel rooms, despite deep discounts.
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    I saw this the other day, seems like a sensible move to concentrate guests into a smaller number of hotels and save the expense of running the others. I don't believe all the Disney hotels are open either?
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    Many of Disney's hotels have not reopened yet, and some had their reopening dates pushed back. It's a sensible move. Terrible for people still on furlough, but the right decision for finances.












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    Just another terrible sign-post on the road that is 2020. Not good for all concerned

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    Does seem sensible, one of my friends at Universal had their last day after twenty plus years at yesterday, having taken voluntary redundancy. This is from the creative team and amongst those working on new park. However, optimism remains with many for some time in the future.

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    You have to think this is the low point, and things will (gradually) improve. It's going to be a VERY quiet Sept/Oct here in Orlando, but hopefully things will bounce back for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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