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Universal Orlando announces new theme park Epic Universe

Universal Orlando announces new theme park Epic Universe

Universal's Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment.

They also avoided sharing the franchises that will be a part of Epic Universe during their announcement on Thursday, but in a statement, said that it will feature "beloved stories".

The new "Epic Universe" will lie south of the current Universal Orlando Resort, and be located near the Orange County Convention Center. Universal's Epic Universe is just a few miles from the existing resort in Southwest Orange County. It "represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBC Universal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall", said Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, Universal's parent company. Thankfully, Universal Studios agrees as it has announced is fourth Florida park, which is set to include hotels, shops, restaurants, an entertainment center, and-of course, rides.

Still, with the smashing success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, one imagines there will be some kind of Wizarding World extension in Epic Universe.

Another is that the park might cater to gamers, since Nintendo announced today that Japan's getting a Super Nintendo World next year, in time for the 2020 Olympics.

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"Last I heard, a universe is bigger than a world", said Williams, making a dig at Disney World.

We had hoped that Universal would also announce a project now underway at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Rumors suggest that the park could be ready as soon as 2021, but of course nothing has been confirmed, and with vertical construction not begun yet (only land clearing has happened so far), there's unfortunately no real way to know when we will be able to visit Universal's Epic Universe right now.

We'll have to wait and see when more information will come out, but we can't wait to find out more. "It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community".

The company says it now contributes more than $302 million in annual state and local taxes - a number that will almost double when the new theme park opens. To that end, they're calling the new park Universal's Epic Universe. 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.

Click on the Epic Universe concept art for a closer look.


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