Universal Studios have announced a brand new theme park coming to Orlando, Florida. “Universal’s Epic Universe” was announced at the Orange County Convention center by the CEO of Comcast, Brian Roberts. He was joined by the mayor of Orange County, Jerry Demings, as well as Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida.
Alongside the new theme park, the location will bring new hotels, shops and restaurants, plus something they’re calling the “entertainment center”. All of this means Universal Orlando will be hiring an extra 14,000 team members, on top of the 25,000 they currently employ.
No details were announced on what sort of lands or attractions we can expect at the new theme park. However they did release the following concept art:
There’s already speculation of what each area might be with Nintendo, Fantastic Beasts, How to Train Your Dragon and classic Universal Monsters as just a few being mentioned.
As you’ll see from the map Universal Studios released, the Epic Universe space is not directly connected to the existing Universal Studios Orlando resort. However the new 750-acre plot is a similar size to the existing land that houses the current two theme parks and most of the resort hotels, meaning Universal Studios are almost doubling their total land in Orlando.
Part of this new expansion for Universal Orlando also brings expansion to the local infrastructure. Mayor Demings explained that Universal is investing $160 million in a 50/50 public-private partnership to extend Kirkman Road beyond Sand Lake Road, and to run alongside the new park, eventually joining up with the current Universal Boulevard.
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