Universal are building a brand new theme park in Orlando... and it's gonna be EPIC.
Universal Orlando Resort announced Universal’s Epic Universe today, a brand new theme park to be built in a location a short drive away from the existing complex of two theme parks, City Walk and multiple hotels.
Universal’s Epic Universe will “create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment” and “will take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands – and where that journey is as much a part of their adventure as the ultimate destination”.
Whilst we’re still left waiting as to exactly what these stories, lands and rides will be, Universal did confirm a number of important details:
It looks STUNNING.
We were given a single piece of concept art but it doesn’t mean we’re anything short of stunned by the scale and ambition of the park! Showing four main self-contained land along a central walkway (think similar to the ‘hub and spoke’ model of Disney’s Magic Kingdom) along with a hotel, landscaping, stadium show and several separate buildings (likely to be shops/restaurants), this concept art also features a number of smaller details. Note a dueling rollercoaster, large dark ride show buildings, a fountain show and plenty more!
Read our in-depth analysis into the Universal’s Epic Universe concept art >
They've been buying up a LOT of land.
Universal’s Epic Universe will be built on it’s own 750 acre site – nearly almost the size of ALL of Universal’s existing space in Orlando!
The site sits in-between the existing Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld and will have its own car parking to serve day guests. Whilst Universal haven’t officially confirmed any details, it is presumed that some form of transportation will operate between Universal’s Epic Universe and the existing resort for both day guests and hotel guests.
Today's announcement was about impressing the people of Orlando - not tourists.
Whilst thrill-seekers and holiday makers were disappointed not to learn specific details of the brands and rides to feature in the park, plenty of details were revealed as to how the project will benefit the local economy:
- 14,000 jobs will be created by Universal’s Epic Universe, each paying at least $15 per hour
- The project will contribute $11.5 billion of direct and indirect economic benefit to the Florida economy
- Universal will contribute $160 million to extend Kirkman Road to the area where the park is located
- Universal’s state and local tax contributions will nearly double from the current $302 million per year levels of now by the time the project completes
We're going to be waiting and waiting for it to open...
Currently only groundwork is being undertaken on the 750 acre site – with no signs of actual construction taking place any time soon. It is extremely unlikely the park will open until 2022/2023 and it could easily open much later. Best be patient!