Universal Orlando announces new theme park called ‘Epic Universe’

Pablo Tucker
August 1, 2019

Epic Universe will serve as Universal's fourth Florida theme park.

Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, described the new park as "the single largest investment" the company has made in its theme park business and Florida, Fox 35 reports.

Williams and Roberts were joined at a news conference Thursday morning by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

The new park will be on a 750-acre site in Orlando, near the Orange Countty Convention Center.

"We look forward to Universal's continued contribution to our state's economic growth and development", DeSantis said in a statement before the announcement.

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"Epic Universe" is promising to be the most immersive and innovative park that Universal has ever created.

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". It could be the Fantastic Beasts or Super Nintendo lands that have been rumored for a while.

The majority of the businesses Universal relies on are either regional firms or national firms with a large regional presence. Each land could represent a popular media franchise. "It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community". Right now, the Universal CityWalk is the resort's primary dining and shopping hub. Disney has responded with new lands based on Avatar, Toy Story and coming August 29, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Notably, Epic Universe will be more than just a theme park: It'll also hold hotels, shops, and restaurants, making it unnecessary to have to travel back to the rest of Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Orlando Resort already plays host to a series of tremendous and highly themed hotels like Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Sapphire Falls, and this summer opened the initial phase of their first ever value hotels Universal's Endless Summer Resort. The new park alone will contribute a total of $11.5 billion in benefits to the Florida economy, he said. 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.

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