Universal Is Opening a New Theme Park in Orlando

Universal Orlando Epic Universe Theme Park Concept Rendering
Photo: Courtesy of Universal

A brand new theme park is coming to Orlando, Florida.

Universal’s Epic Universe will join Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park as the latest expansion of the Florida theme park resort. Details and an initial rendering of Universal’s Epic Universe were released at a press conference, showing the large and impressive park for the very first time.

Early artwork confirms a large-scale hotel will debut as part of the new Epic Universe theme park, which will contain a multitude of water features and central walkways leading out to different lands. It will also be the first Universal theme park not connected to Universal CityWalk, a downtown menagerie of dining and shopping, all of which is confirmed to be part of this new Florida theme park.

Specific details on attractions, themed lands and opening dates are still to come, but Universal’s Epic Universe is likely to include Universal-affiliated film and TV properties that currently don’t have a presence within Universal parks. And, though no attractions have yet been confirmed, rumors have swirled for years that Nintendo will make its stateside debut here, considering Super Nintendo World will open at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan in 2020. Universal Orlando Resort, which is home to Harry Potter, The Simpsons and Marvel attractions, will also increase its staff by 56%, hiring 14,000 new employees for careers throughout Epic Universe.

Universal’s Epic Universe is just the latest in newsworthy reveals as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort continue to ramp up offerings in an effort to entice Florida-bound visitors. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land next month and Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille attractions in the coming years, while Universal’s Islands of Adventure launched its new Harry Potter roller coaster earlier this summer.

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