Complete Guide to Universal’s Epic Universe

Welcome to Universal’s Epic Universe, the newest theme park currently being built by Universal Orlando Resort. As we come closer to the launch of the new development, which is now predicted “certainly” by summer 2025, according to Comcast officials on an earnings call (it was originally intended for ’23 but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 epidemic), this website will be enlarged and updated.

Epic Universe – Opening Date

While the precise date of Universal’s Epic Universe’s grand opening is unknown, it is expected to open around Summer 2025.

Epic Universe – location

The first and most crucial thing to know about Epic Universe is where it sits in relation to the rest of Universal Orlando. The north campus now includes the first two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), the water theme park (Volcano Bay), the original dining/shopping/entertainment district (CityWalk), and the first six hotels (Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Aventura Hotel); Epic Universe is about 15 minutes down the road. (Another piece of property, 64 acres in size, is between the two sections and houses the Endless Summer Resort hotel complex.) To give you a sense of the scale of these two sections of Universal Orlando, the north campus is around 735 acres, while the newly purchased south area is approximately 750 acres (at least, that’s what Universal has verified for the time being). Don’t worry, the firm will offer free transportation to and from the various areas, most likely in the form of shuttles. Indeed, the business has already committed $160 million to Orange County to assist extend Kirkman Road, which will become the major artery of traffic connecting the north and south campuses, probably by adding extra bus lanes. To give you a more exact idea of Epic Universe’s specific placement, it is south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard, as seen in the map above.

Epic Universe – Layout

Epic Universe concept art

With a central hub and all of Epic Universe’s numerous distinct regions spreading out from it, this will be the first Universal park to use the typical wheel-and-spoke layout that was first made popular by Disneyland back in 1955. The idea being conventional does not guarantee that Universal’s application will be. Compared to, instance, the hub at Cinderella Castle in the middle of Magic Kingdom, the central hub, as seen in the conceptual image, is enormous and more like a long hallway, providing enough of space for various experiences, entertainment, and even attractions (the dueling coaster in the key art would appear to be connected to this central area, making for an intriguing – and unusual – addition).It’s not implausible to imagine different restaurants or stores being inserted along this stretch, effectively making this area Epic Universe’s very own dining/shopping/entertainment complex, given the sheer number of buildings located here and Universal’s insistence that a number of CityWalk-esque items will also be setting up shop right alongside the new theme park (yes, inside the park). The four distinct regions that make up the park are fully cut off from the rest of the world, which is also rare. This strategy was developed by Universal for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, advanced by Disney for Pandora – The World of Avatar and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and is currently being completely implemented throughout the whole Epic Universe.This design decision has two immediate consequences: Positively, each themed area will feel as all-encompassing and immersive as Diagon Alley, completely immersing you in one world or another; negatively, each land will be isolated in terms of connectivity from the others, requiring visitors who want to leave one section to enter another to return to the central hub (neither of the aforementioned Disney lands even went this far).

The stunning sight that welcomes you to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan.

Super Nintendo World

Only one of the four themed zones, Super Nintendo World, is certain to arrive at Universal Studios Hollywood in early 2023 after debuting at Universal Studios Japan in 2021. The artwork was purposely made to be as generic as possible, making it nearly impossible to distinguish which section has been granted intellectual property. It’s far too early and tough to tell about the other three lands. However, Universal has emphasized that representations from the DreamWorks Animation and Illumination portfolios should be expected.

Universal’s Classic Monsters Land

Since one of Nintendo Land is almost finished, we know the most about it. There are four more strong arguments to investigate Epic Universe, though. One of them is full with symbolic meaning. In the 1930s, monster pictures aided Universal Studios in building a name for themselves in Hollywood. Classics such as Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Werewolf in Sherwood, and The Mummy are being discussed. It seems fitting that Universal would build a whole themed land based on some of these gothic figures. If the topic feels familiar, you’re paying attention. The film division of Universal has made a point of trying to resurrect these characters back over the years. Sometimes the approach has been successful. The Mummy franchise made Brendan Fraser famous for his part in the series. Other times, the operation has utterly failed. Do you recall Tom Cruise’s The Mummy remake? That movie came out in 2017! This theme park will memorialize some of the most well-known masterpieces, maybe through interactive rides.

How To Train Your Dragon – BERK at Epic Universe

The most extensive themed land at Epic Universe will be Berk. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, I swear that you know it.  Berk is the Viking village in the movie franchise, How to Train Your Dragon. One plan suggests a post-Soarin’ flying technology that would make people feel they were riding on the back of a dragon.

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