Photos and videos show riders wearing masks during tests on SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako roller coaster
SeaWorld Orlando has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 15, and with ‘full phase one’ of Florida’s reopening in effect, it looks like the theme park is testing how visitors would ride a roller coaster once that it will have received the green light to reopen.
Daniel Leavelle was outside SeaWorld on Tuesday morning and captured photos and video of the theme park running his Mako roller coaster with riders wearing masks.
Leavelle said he saw 30 tests which lasted about an hour.
Riders can be seen on SeaWorld’s Mako roller coaster wearing face masks. (Credit: Midway Mayhem / Daniel Leavelle)
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He said each test run had riders making different seating arrangements as if they were practicing social distancing during the ride.
Leavelle said four different types of masks were used and that he did not see any masks fly off during testing.
Although no opening date has been set, the central Florida theme parks are working on plans to reopen.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Friday theme parks could be allowed to open under the second phase of the governor’s plan to reopen Florida, although it is not clear at this point when this phase will begin.
“SeaWorld’s team of experts are currently making the necessary preparations to reopen and operate our parks as safely as possible, including rides testing, new sanitation protocols and a number of other improved measures related health and safety. We look forward to welcoming guests back for fun and safe experiences and look forward to making official announcements soon as we continue to work closely with national and local authorities. SeaWorld said in a statement.
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