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It's been speculated to death the last few years. This morning, in shadow of the land where the new theme park will be built, Universal made it official. Universal's Epic Universe is coming... at some point. Universal stayed pretty mum about what and when, only that it's coming.
The blog says this: "Universal’s Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination. The new location will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love." The new resort is also expected to have new hotels, and of course, shops.
Tom Willams said they don't want to reveal too much because of competition. He even threw a bit of shade at The Mouse saying, "A Universe is bigger than a world."
During the press conference, it was revealed that the park would bring in 14,000 new jobs to the area, and the base rate of pay would start at $15.00 an hour. A few other details were shed, especially when it comes to transportation. Epic Universe will sit along Universal Boulevard, and is about 12 minutes from it's current resort. It was said they are working on a transportation link between the parks. If that just includes buses, or something else entirely, we aren't sure. Universal is also looking to have a train stop starting in South Florida, and ending at the Orange County Convention Center, which is right across from the new park.
While they didn't release any of the details about themeing, lands, rides, or shows inside the park, they did release a piece of concept art. There are two area's of interest inside the art. One, looks like the wildly circulated piece of art supposedly for Super Nintendo World, and the other appears to be a castle structure. The castle is interesting, as a land based around the Universal Classic Monsters is also speculated to be in the park.
The art does showcase another note of interest, a twisty roller coaster in the bottom right. The park entrance, continues with Universal tradition, and is adorned with archways. It's also important to keep in mind, that concept art is just a guide. Nothing in the art is final.
So with that, Universal Orlando Resort is expanding, And because they didn't announce anything other than the park is looming on the horizon, there's plenty more to come. It's an exciting time for Universal.
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