If Universal builds it, they will come for the new Epic Universe theme park…
Get ready for thousands of orange barrels to start lining up along Kirkman Road in Orlando. Universal Studios announced recently that they will begin construction on their fourth theme park to be located about four miles south of their existing complex.
What is Universal Studios New Theme Park?
Branded Universal’s Epic Universe, the new park will be built near the Orange County Convention Center and promises to bring millions of new visitors from all over the world to Orlando. Recognizing the increased demand for transportation and logistics that will bring to the area, Universal has already committed $160 million to expand Kirkman Road south to Universal Boulevard in order to relieve traffic congestion approaching and entering the new park.
The Epic Universe Announcement …
According to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, “Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall. It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”
Universal Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Williams announced “Epic Universe will add 14,000 new jobs to the area in order to staff its entertainment center, hotels, shops, and restaurants.”
There’s no doubt this will be a major new tourist attraction and a boon to the Central Florida economy. One that could change the landscape of the theme park industry for years to come.
What will be at Universal’s new theme park Epic Universal?
Aside from officially announcing that construction is underway, Universal is staying mum about specifics. Williams added, “We are all battling for the time of visiting guests to come to our location. Frankly, to share the details of what we have in mind with the competition is something that we have no interest in doing.”
Williams would not provide a projected opening date, but in what could be interpreted as a pun directed towards Disney, quipped “I can guarantee you that it is going to be epic. And the last that I heard, a universe is a little bit bigger than a world.”
What rides will be at Universal Studios New Theme Park in Orlando?
If you’re a theme park enthusiast as we are, your thoughts immediately start to imagine what mammoth roller coasters, attractions, and other new rides await to excite and test your adrenaline limits.
According to OrlandoParkStop.com, and these are all just rumors at this point, there are a lot of possibilities on the horizon. Based on patents filed for new ride techology, along with concept art that has been released by Universal, it’s being speculated that the new park could include a World of Classic Universal Monsters featuring Dracula’s Castle and Frankenstein’s Windmill among othe ghoulish attractions. This section is also thought to showcase a major new
“High Tech Dark Ride” and may even include a “Walk-Through” attraction for those really brave.
In addition to the Monsters, it’s also rumored that Epic will include a Super Nintendo World featuring a roller coaster spirited by the Donkey Kong Country games where riders will cruise along the track in mine carts that will seem to be “jumping over gaps” just as in the game. Now that would be hair raising!
Nintendo at Universal Orlando New Theme Park
Perhaps the Nintendo attraction drawing the most attention is the Mario Kart, another high-tech dark ride that is thought to feature two tracks running side by side in order to simulate a race.
For the family, the park is also thought to include the Mushroom Kingdom, where the kiddos get to take a ride through the park on a Yoshi.
How to Train Your Dragon Ride
According to concept sketches, the park could also contain How to Train Your Dragon and Fantastic Beasts sections, along with a Dueling Launch Coaster.
With rumors like this, we can’t wait to follow this “epic” journey to see what transpires next!
One thing’s for sure .. There will be more visitors coming to Central Florida than ever before!
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