Universal's Epic Universe Concept Art

BREAKING: Construction on Epic Universe at Universal Orlando Resort Will Resume Soon

It feels both like not long and too long since Universal and Comcast announced the third theme park at Universal Orlando Resort—Epic Universe. Site prep began shortly after its announcement in 2019, but was put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, it seems that construction is set to resume on Universal Orlando’s third gate in the immediate future.

Universal's Epic Universe Concept Art

Universal Orlando Resort made the official announcement this morning, with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts saying “The restart of construction of Epic Universe is a terrific moment for our employees and for our theme park business in Florida. It is our single largest investment in the state and represents our enthusiasm for the spectacular park and the economic opportunities it will generate.” The restart will begin immediately, but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal restaffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.

With vaccinations in the United States moving quickly and the potential for a fairly normal summer entering the public consciousness, there’s reason to believe on Comcast’s part that the theme park industry will rebound quickly from the pandemic slump. Additionally, there’s a strong resolve to get Super Nintendo World open in Florida as quickly as possible.

Additionally, Universal Parks & Resorts President Tom Williams sent the following letter out to Team Members today:

Dear Team Members,

I hope you and your families are healthy and well. Because of your great work, we already have much to look forward to this year. There is Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, the Jurassic World: Velocicoaster at Universal Orlando, the opening of Universal Beijing Resort – and the opportunity to reopen Universal Studios Hollywood.

Today, I’m happy to share that we’re resuming work on our new Orlando theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe. As you know, the project had been paused while we focused on managing our business through the pandemic. The restart will begin immediately – but will take several months before reaching full-speed as we re-staff and reassemble our vendor and contractor teams.

The vision for Epic Universe is historic. It will be the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created and will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops and restaurants. It will be located on a separate 750-acre site just a few minutes away from Universal Orlando.

All of this is great news for our business, our communities – and each of you. And none of it would be possible without the heroic and great work you have done over the past year. Because of you, our confidence in the future has never been stronger.Thank you, and please stay safe.

Additionally, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said “The resumption of the Epic Universe project couldn’t come at a better time. Our community has so many talented workers who will benefit from this massive project. I am confident it will deliver a huge economic boost to Orange County.”

Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more on a 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total acreage, located a few miles south from Universal Orlando’s current theme parks. No updated opening timeframe has been given, so be sure you stay tuned to Universal Parks News Today in the months and years beyond as the Epic Universe project evolves!

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Steve A
Steve A
6 months ago

I’m partly hoping Nintendo goes to Universal Studio. It feels like it needs something near E.T..

Last edited 6 months ago by Steve A
Robert
Robert
6 months ago

Were details ever revealed about what kind of theming and IPs will be seen at this park? I’m really invested in this now, Universal is doing what Disney isn’t.

Steve A
Steve A
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

There’s just rumors right now of the four consisting lands being Nintendo, Monsters, Wizarding World and How to train your Dragon. I don’t think anything has been set in stone for it though because of the delays.

Though Nintendo looks like the surest one, unless it’s transferred over to Universal Studios. Either way it has to be built by a certain date because of their contract they signed.

Last edited 6 months ago by Steve A