With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings flanking him, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts announced plans to expand the Universal Orlando Resort with a new theme park—Universal’s Epic Universe. The new park, which is already under construction, will be four miles south of the current parks and will be near the Orange County Convention Center.
Universal’s Epic Universe will occupy several hundred acres. For the past decade, Universal has been working to reclaim the land. They’ll also be investing $160 million dollars to expand Kirkman Road south to Universal Boulevard to help ease traffic to the new park. “Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme bark business and in Florida overall,” said Roberts. “It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”
As for what will be in the park, there are only rumors. And for good reason. Universal Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Williams explained, “We are all battling for the time of visiting guests to come to our location. And to, frankly, share the details of what we have in mind with the competition is something that we have no interest in doing.” What is known is that the park will include more roller coasters and an entertainment center as well as restaurants, retail outlets, hotels, and new attractions in which “beloved stories expand into vibrant lands.” Exactly what those lands might be is up for question, but a pretty safe bet would be the inclusion of Super Nintendo World will be one of those lands. The success of Jurassic World, How to Train Your Dragon, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might also hint at possibilities for the park. Universal also plans on new bodies of water for aquatic-themed rides, indoor rides, and an outdoor concert venue. Universal is being fairly evasive as to when the park will open Williams did take one shot at the competition, noting, “I can guarantee that it is going to be epic. And the last that I heard, a universe is a little bit bigger than a world.”