March 23, 1999
Orlando, FL - Universal will begin a preview period of their new $1 billion theme park, Islands of Adventure on March 27. The official grand opening will not be until May, but tickets are now being sold through local Florida companies for the special preview period from March 27 to May 12.
The special preview also known as a soft opening, will give park officials the chance to test the rides and attractions. Park officials want to ensure that the attractions will operate smoothly without incident prior to the park's official opening day.
The soft-opening is like a large scale test of the parks attractions and operations. During this period there are no guarantees to the guest in attendance. Rides and attractions may open and close as necessary and not all attractions may be operating on any given day.
In addition the soft opening allows management and supervisors the opportunity to continue to train the parks more than 5,000 employees without the stress of a normal days crowds.
Tickets to the soft-opening period may go on sale to the public in the upcoming weeks. But for now they are being offered only to employees of local Florida companies, Universal annual passholders and to local students.
The official opening date of the park has yet to be announced, but it is expected that the park will officially open in May.