Nobody knows what will occupy this new universe, though, as Universal provided scant few details other than vaguely but confidently declaring that it will "create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment". We now have somewhat of an idea of what that land will be used for: Universal Orlando's "Fourth Gate:" Universal's Epic Universe.
What we did get to see was some Epic Concept art. Sources say Warner Bros., owner of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts properties, may have objected and forced Universal to switch names. The new theme park will be called Epic Universe and will be located approximately a 3 mile drive away from the rest of the Universal Orlando Resort.
Epic Universe will also feature an entertainment center, hotels, shops and restaurants.
When will this park open?The partnership between the video game giant and the theme park group was first announced in 2015, with rides coming based on popular Nintendo games-including Super Mario Kart.
Now Universal is doing it again, and it's going to be EPIC.
No specifics were offered in terms of brands or film franchises that will be featured at Epic Universe. Universal Orlando Resort just opened the stunning new Wizarding World attraction Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure this summer to high praise and vast 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.
The new park was announced Thursday in an event attended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Tom Williams and Brian Roberts. An opening time frame was not announced today. As a huge fan of all things Universal Orlando Resort, I can't wait to see what else is in store.
Universal Orlando said in a news release that Epic Universe will take park 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".
Universal is investing $160 million to extend Kirkman Road into the area where the new park is, which Demings said will improve traffic flow in the area. It follows in the footsteps of Universal Studios Florida, which opened in 1990, Universal's Islands of Adventures that opened in 1999, and the Volcano Bay water park that opened in 2017. The new park alone will contribute a total of $11.5 billion in benefits to the Florida economy, he said.
For more information, visit Universal Orlando's website!