Dark Universe concept art and logo

BREAKING: Details of Dark Universe Classic Monsters Land Revealed for Epic Universe

Shannen Ace

Universal Orlando Resort has announced details of Dark Universe, the Epic Universe land inspired by Universal Classic Monsters.

Dark Universe

A futuristic structure with a tall, illuminated spire stands amidst twisted vines in this dark universe. People observe the scene under a cloudy sky, with large trees framing the background.

The land’s name comes from a canceled series of Universal Monsters movies. Guests will enter Dark Universe from Celestial Park through a portal in a giant dead tree. A coil on top will crackle with purple energy.

A conceptual rendering depicts people walking through a fantastical village with stone towers, barren trees, and a castle in the background under a dramatic sky, reminiscent of a dark universe.

Once they pass through, guests will find themselves in a foggy, derelict cemetery on the edge of a village named Darkmoor.

People are gathered in a spooky forest with gravestones, interacting with each other, exploring, and taking photos. The scene is dimly lit, with trees and mist creating a mysterious atmosphere.

Universal previously stated that in Dark Universe, guests “will encounter everything from the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein to a shadowy landscape where monsters roam in this world of myth and mystery.” The land’s music is composed by Danny Elfman.

Concept art showing people standing and pointing in front of an ornate gate in a lush, wooded area. The gate is set within a stone structure, surrounded by dense vegetation. Text reads "Artist Conceptual Rendering of the Dark Universe.

Once guests travel through the cemetery, they’ll be in the village itself, “where misbegotten scientific experiments scar the land and unnatural creations lurk in the shadows,” according to Universal.

We created a village and a world beyond it where not only can these stories come together, but new stories can come in as well. Now you’re in the same place where all those stories come together, but it’s the current day.

Pete Carsillo, senior creative director for Dark Universe


A group of characters, including a tall man, a woman with a weapon, and various creatures, are in a spooky, mist-filled amusement park under a moonlit sky with castles and roller coasters in the background.

Dark Universe will host two attractions, as well as meet and greets with some of Universal’s most famous monsters. As Darkmoor exists in the present day, there is also a new Dr. Frankenstein to encounter.

Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment

A digital artwork depicting a man in a suit harnessing electricity between two orbs, with various figures and scenes surrounding him in a dark, chaotic setting. Text reads "Artist Conceptual Rendering.

In the distance is Frankenstein Manor. It is here that guests will experience the dark ride titled “Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment.”

A grand castle with a towering clock tower, surrounded by lush trees at dusk. A gate marked "MUDBLUDSSTEL" stands in the foreground, with figures visible near the entrance.

Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, great-great-great granddaughter of Dr. Henry Frankenstein, is inviting guests to see her latest experiment. She has already brought her own Creature back from the dead, and is now working to “rehabilitate” the monsters terrorizing the village and restore her family name.

Grand staircase with marble statues in a dimly lit hall. The walls depict eerie, fantastical creatures converging around a central figure illuminated in the background.

As Victoria’s guests, riders will see her attempt to tame Dracula backfire as chaos erupts and they are pursued deeper into the catacombs by Universal Monsters.

We see a maniacal side of her even though she’s our hero. The monsters are released and it’s up to her, Frankenstein and Ygor to help save the day while we’re stuck in the middle of this chaos.

Greg Hall, creative director of Dark Universe
A person is depicted being propelled through a portal with bats and debris around, set against a red and blue swirling background in a sci-fi fantasy scene.

Riders will see all sorts of monsters who have become the subjects of Victoria’s experiments, including the Brides of Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Phantom of the Opera. Ultimately, the question will be asked: who is the real monster?

What I want guests to say is, ‘That was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life — and you have to try it. It’s hard to scare people these days. We want to make sure they have fun, and they see something they’ll never forget.

Greg Hall, creative director of Dark Universe

Curse of the Werewolf

A group of people on a theme park ride react with fear as a large werewolf figure, straight out of a dark universe, emerges from the ceiling, illuminated dramatically.

In the woods that border the village lies the other Dark Universe attraction, Curse of the Werewolf. This family coaster will be located in a colorful encampment named The Guild of Mystics, where guild seer and leader Maleva, will warn visitors that they bear the mark of the werewolf.

Crowds of people explore a whimsical fairground with colorful structures and decorations under a cloudy sky.

Though Maleva appears in the 1941 film “The Wolf Man,” this version of the character has been updated to reflect the fictional culture of the Guild of Mystics.

It feels really updated, but you could literally trace this Maleva back to another Maleva back to the movie. So now you experience Maleva and her Mystics, but it’s with a lot of richness and a lot of color — stuff you couldn’t get in the old black and white.

Pete Carsillo, senior creative director for Dark Universe
Riders pass a "Beware of the Moon" sign with images of werewolves, surrounded by colorful lanterns. Figures in seats exhibit expressions of shock and amazement.

Following Maleva’s warning, riders will set out on their adventure under the light of the full moon, speeding through the forest as they’re pursued by werewolves. Guests will eventually come face-to-face with the fearsome beasts, spinning out as they avoid their teeth and claws in the Darkmoor armory.

We’ve previously seen this coaster testing.

Meet and Greets

A person takes a photo of a man and a girl posing with actors dressed as Frankenstein's Monster and Bride of Frankenstein outside a stone building, creating an unforgettable moment that feels straight out of the Dark Universe.

Guests will also be able to encounter characters in Dark Universe, including Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Ygor, and the Invisible Man.

A hooded figure in dark attire holds a garlic braid inside a rustic room. Three adults and two children watch, with the room lit by several lanterns and a fire burning on the right, casting eerie shadows that suggest a glimpse into a dark universe.

In addition, guests may also run into one of The Hounds — monster hunters who have set up shop in The Burning Blade Tavern and attempt to defend Darkmoor and its villagers.

A violinist performs for a group of people in an outdoor setting, surrounded by autumn foliage and ancient stone structures, evoking a sense of a dark universe in the background.

A roaming musician can also be spotted wandering through the village performing songs of old.

There’s so much for guests to do and see and discover. I really hope that the strokes that we’ve taken here feed the monster kids that are out there — the people who really love the legacy. And I hope that it starts a fire of passion for these characters in new audiences!

Chris Frisella, executive producer of Dark Universe


Das Stakehaus

A dimly lit restaurant with people dining at tables. A server is attending to a group with lit candles on the table, casting subtle shadows that hint at a dark universe beyond the warm and inviting arched ceilings.

One restaurant offering is Das Stakehaus, located “deep under Darkmoor” in the ancient catacombs that vampires call home. It is said that the famliiars of said vampires oversee the establishment, which will be decorated with classical artwork and opulent relics that hearken back to vampiric culture.

This fast-casual restaurant will offer kebabs, burgers, sandwiches, and ribs, as well as other offerings.

Burning Blade Tavern

Conceptual rendering of a scene within a dark universe, where a windmill on fire looms in the background. Several people are walking along a pathway amidst a rustic setting with stone walls and wooden structures.

This restaurant is inspired by a scene in the 1931 “Frankenstein” film, where an angry mob of villages set the old mill aflame during the infamous “Frankenstein incident.” Now, Darkmoor’s monster hunters haunt the halls.

A cozy tavern scene with wooden decor shows two pairs of people sitting at separate tables, enjoying drinks and food under warm lighting.

Here, guests can enjoy tavern fare, peruse the hunters’ trophies, and hear tales from the village’s residents. And as for why it’s called the Burning Blade Tavern? The mill that sits atop the structure will erupt into flames every 20 minutes.

The menu will include burgers, wings, bratwursts, pretzels, and beverages.


Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience

A barber shop scene with various patrons in a dark universe. A barber cuts a woman's hair while others receive haircuts and makeup. Shelves display jars and pots, enhancing the eerie ambiance. The setting has an old-fashioned and spooky theme.

Those who enjoyed the Monster Makeover temporary offering at Universal Studios Florida earlier this year will be happy to know that a new experience will be available in Dark Universe: the Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience.

Here, guests can transform into their inner monster in Dr. Septimus Pretorius’ former lab, with the help of “monster makers.”

If you want to be a monster, you can actually be made up like a monster. Or if you want to be a little more meta, you can come in and get your whole family covered up in temporary tattoos. In Dark Universe, you can walk around with [temporary] tattoos on when you’re five!

Pete Carsillo, senior creative director for Dark Universe
UOR Epic Universe Dark Universe Land Overview Concept Art

It’s really about the care that has been taken, as we’ve crafted these stories and this land, to really respect the history of these films. But we’re not being charged with creating a museum. We are being charged with creating a living, breathing world and experience.

Chris Frisella, executive producer of Dark Universe

Also read about How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk, Super Nintendo World, and Celestial Park. Universal Orlando Resort has yet to reveal details of the park’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic. Merchandise inspired by each land is available at the Epic Universe Preview Center in CityWalk.

Watch the reveal video for Dark Universe:

For more Universal Studios news from around the world, follow Universal Parks News Today on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For Disney Parks news, visit WDWNT.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.