Universal’s Epic Universe
Words by Vic Arkoff
Universal Orlando Resort has confirmed that its fourth theme park will be called Universal’s Epic Universe, and that the 5-to-6-year building process has begun. Rumors have it that the park’s themed lands will include Fantastic Beasts, How to Train Your Dragon, Classic Monsters, Super Nintendo World, and a dueling launch coaster ride.
With Nintendo lands also opening at Universal Studios Japan (spring 2020), then Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore, our friends at Orlando Park Stop.com are betting that this would be the new park’s only land that will not be unique to Epic Universe. The three most likely attractions are a Mario Kart ride, a family ride called Yoshi’s Adventure, and a Donkey Kong Mine Cart Madness roller coaster.
Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts, says the new park is “going to redefine what a park experience is like,” confirming that magnetic bracelets worn by park guests will enhance interactivity. Universal’s Epic Universe will also feature an entertainment center, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Located a few miles from the existing Universal Orlando Resort, it will span across 750-acres, nearly doubling Universal’s total acreage in Florida, and will cost more to build than any other single investment made by Comcast NBCUniversal in its theme park biz.