UNIVERSAL’S EPIC UNIVERSE is coming, new theme park and entertainment complex
Universal’s Epic Universe is coming. An entire fourth theme park to add to their roster which already includes two full parks and a water park. The new theme park will also feature an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more.
It’s location is technically a little bit outside all of the action from the main resort area where the parks, hotels, and CityWalk are located. t will be located within a larger 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida. Specifically, it will be south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.
With this new venture, Universal Orlando Resort is looking create an entirely new level of experiences to forever change theme park entertainment. Details about WHAT is coming are sparse but rumors certainly abound.
Mayor Demings also spotlighted Universal’s role in the Kirkman Road extension. This is a 50/50 public-private partnership in which Universal is investing $160 million to extend Kirkman into the area where the new park will be located.
“The Kirkman extension will improve transportation through a busy and growing portion of our county and open up the entire area for additional development – including an important expansion of our Convention Center”
– Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings
Universal Orlando currently employees 25,000 people and will hire an additional 14,000 team members as part of Epic Universe, including professional, technical, culinary and other specialized positions. The company currently contributes more than $302 million in annual state and local taxes – a number that will nearly double when the new theme park opens.
Universal gave us no red meat for this announcement although they did release a new logo and super vague concept art for the new project. Below are some purely speculative thoughts that we have on what we could expect once we enter Universal’s Epic Universe.
Super Nintendo World? Looks a Mario-themed area and a Donkey Kong coaster in the rear. There’s been lots of speculation and reveals for the Nintendo-backed collaboration.
Universal Monsters? We see a big amphitheater and a very dark, European looking land. We think this is the rumored land based on Universal’s classic monsters and horror films!
Fantastic Beasts? Not much to be revealed here other than big showbuildings and some facades. If you’re looking for Fantastic Beasts, this might be where to find them.
How to Train Your Dragon? A big dueling roller coaster and a little seaport? We’re thinking some dueling dragons will be debuting here!
See it for Yourself
Universal’s Epic Universe is coming soon. No opening date has yet been announced.