UPDATE July 13 - It is full steam ahead now on Universal's third gate, Epic Universe and in an interesting aerial view posted by Bioreconstruct we can start to see a proposed layout for the park emerging.
Now, it has been confirmed that Super Nintendo World, Universal Classic Monsters and How to Train Your Dragon are all coming to the park which are included in the proposed layout below.
Aerial look at Epic Universe— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) July 8, 2022
1 Super Nintendo World
2 Classic Monsters
3 Ministry of Magic
4 Fountain at hotel
5 Team Member bldg
7 Chilled water plant
8 High-speed roller coaster
9 How to Train Your Dragon roller coaster
10 Guest entrance pic.twitter.com/G4rAWPfYXR
There has also been a number of rumors recently that there will be a Wizarding World expansion based on the Ministry of Magic at Epic Universe. Guests would enter the main hall through the Floo network and exit through the fire places using special effects. It is speculated that this land would include an attraction to be located in the Ministry's atrium which is said to feature the story surrounding the trials of Dolores Umbridge.
Originally a trackless ride was proposed which now seems to have been scrapped. There has been nothing officially confirmed regarding these rumors but it seems like bringing the Ministry of Magic to Epic Universe would make perfect sense due to the popularity of the Wizarding World at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.
From the suggested layout seen on this aerial photograph above it looks like the Ministry of Magic would be positioned towards the back of the park. We will keep you posted on further updates regarding Epic Universe on our news and Facebook page. Let us know if you would like to see the Ministry of Magic come to Epic Universe by voting in our poll below.
June 18 - It is exciting times for Universal fans now that we have a confirmed opening date for Epic Universe and progress is pushing ahead. This week, a tweet shows track arriving for what looks to be an Intamin coaster which is the same as VelociCoaster and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Although nothing has been confirmed, this coaster is thought to be for a family coaster themed to How to Train Your Dragon.
January 27 - It has certainly been a rocky ride for Epic Universe over the last couple of years. Epic Universe was first announced back in 2019 and was originally expected to open in 2023. It was then delayed indefinitely in April 2020 and an opening date of 2024 was predicted.
During the Comcast 2021 Q4 earnings call this morning it was announced that Epic Universe is now planning to officially open its gates ready for Summer 2025. This is definitely positive news for Universal fans as the progress of Epic Universe has been very unknown in recent months.
Reporter, Gabrielle Runson confirmed, in a tweet, the 2025 opening date which came from the morning earnings call:
When is Epic Universe opening? We expect it to open in 2025, "certainly in time for the summer of 2025," Comcast says this morning during earnings call. #FlaPol— Gabrielle Russon (@GabrielleRusson) January 27, 2022
We know that when Epic Universe opens as Universal Orlando Resorts third gate it will make it the largest Universal theme park in North America. We already know that Super Nintendo World will be included as well as themed lands based on IPs from both Illumination (which has produced hits like the Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets series) and DreamWorks Animation (Which is known for Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon).
Though it has long-been assumed that this new park would feature another expansion of the blockbuster Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands, this has still not been confirmed yet. Let us know if you are excited for Epic Universe by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.