Universal's Epic Universe is racing along in development and construction, with new attractions, shops, dining establishments, and more all taking shape behind construction barriers on Universal Boulevard, just past the current Universal Orlando Resort. Though we already have a pretty good idea of what guests will be able to experience when this brand-new extension of Universal Orlando Resort opens in 2025, some new developments have come to light in recent weeks, that will hopefully get fans even more excited about this new park!
As is always the case with rumors and speculation, it is important to note that none of this is final, or has been officially announced by Universal. However, based on current rumors, here are some interesting things that seem to be happening with this exciting new project:
1. Universal's Epic Universe is being specifically designed to transform Universal Orlando Resort into a week-long destination.
We already knew that Universal's Epic Universe was going to be big. At 750 acres this new area is set to double the current size of the resort, not only with a massive new theme park, but also an entertainment district, hotels, shops, and restaurants. And while that might sound like it will add another day or two to a visit to the resort in 2025, parent company Comcast CEO Brian Roberts recently said that the addition of Universal's Epic Universe is designed to turn Universal Orlando Resort into a weeklong destination.
While we don't know exactly what that means, and Comcast executives are notoriously secretive about theme park projects, it seems reasonable to think that, in addition to the theme park and adjacent shopping, dining and hotels, there could be even more to the Epic Universe project. Could we see an expansion announced in the coming years as we get closer to opening? Attractions in the entertainment district? There are plenty of possibilities, and hopefully, we'll hear more soon.
2. Track for the new dual-track racing roller coaster in the center of the park is currently being installed
Construction is moving along quickly at Universal's Epic Universe, including an exciting roller coaster that will be at the park's center. According to rumors, the park's central area will be its own, IP-free land that will include a number of attractions, shops, a restaurant, a large water feature and even a dual-track roller coaster as well. And now it looks like track for this new attraction is already being installed, according to photos from Twitter user Bioreconstruct.
When completed, this attraction will have two tracks that will travel side by side for the majority of the ride, mimicking a race. Though no name has been rumored yet, with track construction finally underway, we'll hopefully learn more about this attraction soon.
3. Super Nintendo World at Epic Universe may have a unique dual-level entry portal
Super Nintendo World in Japan (as well as soon in Hollywood) both feature a fun entry portal that has guests walking through a big green pipe to get to the land while the iconic video game noise from the Mario game series plays overhead. However, according to Orlando Park Stop, this entry area may look a little different at Universal's Epic Universe. According to their report, this entry will still use a pipe, but instead of being a flat area that guests can walk through, it will have an escalator that will bring guests from up through Peach’s Castle on the upper part of the land.