Monday, 19 August, 2019

Universal Officially Announces New Theme Park, Hotels, and More

Universal Studios Florida announces Epic Universe, appears to include Super Nintendo Land Universal Studios Orlando unveils plans for epic new park
Sandra Phillips | 01 August, 2019, 21:54

Universal Orlando Resort is opening a brand new theme park, and we've got all the details.

In a vague description, Universal said Epic Universe will "take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands". They will be contained in a larger 750-acre site that virtually doubles Universal's total available acreage in Central Florida, located several miles away from the resort's trio of existing parks: Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay.

Something epic is coming to the Universal Orlando Resort.

"Our vision for Epic Universe is historic", said Tom Williams, CEO Universal Parks and Resorts.

Notably, Epic Universe will be more than just a theme park: It'll also hold hotels, shops, and restaurants, making it unnecessary to have to travel back to the rest of Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal's Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experience that will forever change theme park entertainment. An economic impact study for Universal conducted by UCF Economic Professor Sean Snaith found that Universal Orlando's combined direct and indirect economic benefit to the Florida economy since Universal Studios opened in 1990 is $73 billion. Super Nintendo World has also been confirmed for Universal Orlando down the road. In early June, Universal trademarked the phrase "Fantastic Worlds", which Potterheads think is a reference to J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" franchise. Universal Orlando Resort just opened the stunning new Wizarding World attraction Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure this summer to high praise and enormous interest, so it's not a stretch to say the Wizarding World is something of the beating heart of Universal Orlando Resort at the moment.

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It is believed that the coaster under construction in the Jurassic Park area will will be called the "Velocicoaster", based upon trademark filings made by Universal.

See the below tweets from @Parkscope and @aliciastella for more detail.

Mayor Demings spoke too, highlighting Universal's role in the Kirkman Road extension.

In that similar vein, the top left most themed world in this very same piece of concept art looks like it could belong to that rumored Universal Monsters section. 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.

Here's the official concept art.

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