Universal's 'Epic Universe' theme park coming to Orlando

Universal Studios Florida announces Epic Universe, appears to include Super Nintendo Land

Universal Studios Orlando unveils plans for epic new park

One interesting fact that came out at the event was the location of the new park - this will not be attached to the current Universal Orlando parks or site.

Universal Orlando officials say that the resort is doubling in size with plans for an "epic" fourth theme park, but they offered nearly no information on when the new park will open, what it will hold or how much they are spending.

The massive new park is the company's first new property since water park Volcano Bay opened in May 2017.

"Our new park represents the single largest investment Comcast NBC Universal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall", Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement. 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.

The Universal Orlando Resort and its connected parks feature rides and attractions based off of "Harry Potter", "Despicable Me", "The Fast and the Furious" and "Jurassic Park", along with Marvel's Islands of Adventure. So for those wondering how guests will travel to and from Epic Universe, it appears Universal Orlando is making a huge investment in transportation here to make the travel seamless. A news release says Epic Universe will "take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands" with no mention of specific stories or lands.

That seems more than a little inconvenient, but maybe Epic Universe will offer up some thrilling attractions that will be too enticing for people to ignore. It's located near the Orange County Convention Center, a few miles south of its sibling parks.

"And we are especially grateful for Universal's partnership in improving Shingle Creek, which plays a critical role in serving the Everglades", said Gov. Ron DeSantis, who also attended the announcement.

Universal Orlando now employees 25,000 people and the additional team members hired as part of Epic Universe will include high-tech jobs and culinary and other specialized positions, according to Universal Orlando.

More details about Epic Universe will follow soon, and construction is already underway.

"Our vision for Epic Universe is historic", said Tom Williams, CEO Universal Parks and Resorts. Universal's last major development was Islands of Adventure in 1999. The new park alone will contribute a total of $11.5 billion in benefits to the Florida economy, he said.

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Are you excited for Universal's Epic Universe? Universal Orlando is the third-largest employer in the area, with more than 25,000 employees.

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