Universal Orlando appears to have reversed a controversial change to physical distancing standards at its Bourne Stuntacular show.
As first reported by Universal Parks News Today (sister site of WDWNT), Universal had begun sitting guests in every row at the attraction. This was a change from how the attraction had operated since opening last summer, when every other row had been blocked off to allow for physical distancing.
Parties were still separated within rows, but groups in adjacent rows may be within six feet of other guests for the entire show under this change.
When Theme Park Tribune asked about this new policy, Universal Orlando spokesperson Alyson Lundell said on Friday.
“We have made a modification to our loading procedures for The Bourne Stuntacular. To accommodate guest demand, are loading every row of the theater while still ensuring there is six feet of separation between travel parties in the same row. We have been planning toward this for months as part of the next step of our reopening procedures, and we are applying everything we have learned so far.”
However, four days later, Universal Parks News Today reported that the every-other-row arrangement had been reinstated:
— Universal Parks News Today (@UniNewsToday) February 3, 2021
Universal Studios Florida has passed multiple county inspections on its COVID-19 safeguards since reopening last June.
Super Nintendo World footage floods YouTube
The media embargo has been lifted on photos and videos from within Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World. This means vloggers, YouTubers, and other news sites with overseas coverage can show off the land’s attractions and scenery.
If you’re OK with spoilers, TDR Explorer has a full vlog of his experience:
The land’s grand opening, already set back by the COVID-19 pandemic, was delayed again by Japan declaring a new state of emergency. U.S. citizens are still prohibited from visiting Japan, though a U.S. version of the land is under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Disney World Teamsters union fights national union for control
A new lawsuit aims to force a union election and restore local control of Teamsters Local 385, whose membership includes employees at Disney World.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Union took control of Local 385 in June 2019, promising to hold an election within 18 months. But local control has not been restored, union member Gary Brown told the Sentinel.
“The membership should have free and fair elections to choose their own leaders,” Brown said. “As a member all I want to do is bring democracy back to Teamster members.”
Brown’s lawsuit asks courts to end the national union’s trusteeship and force a new election.
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