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We are keeping up with all the latest developments to Epic Universe and we have come across an aerial image from Bioreconstruct which shows the recent changes which have been made. These include the addition of a frame for a large statue in How To Train Your Dragon land, more supports for dual-racing coaster, supports for Classic Monsters coaster, tower crane in Harry Potter land  and traffic lights on Epic Blvd.

It is clear that construction is progressing very well and we will continue to update you with further details on Epic Universe on our news and Facebook page.

At the beginning of January, a video posted to Twitter by Bioreconstruct we get to see the construction progress from aerial helicopter footage for the whole of Epic Universe.

You can clearly see work being done on the How to Train Your Dragon duelling roller coaster, The Ministry of Magic in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Classic Monsters land and Super Nintendo World with the Donkey Kong roller coaster Although these lands and still not officially confirmed, the rumors appear to be confirmed by the layouts and attractions we are beginning to see.

The Center of Epic Universe is speculated to have a lagoon area which is expected to have a show which could be similar to World of Color - ONE which is coming to California Adventure Park. It is also expected to have a water based restaurant. The video is embedded below. Let us know your thoughts on this video footage by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Epic Universe, Universal
Image: Universal

December 29 - We are all excited to see the progress being made on Epic Universe and it is very interesting to see how Universal's third gate has been transformed from open land back in December 2016 to what it is today. Bioreconstruct has posted three photos in a tweet showing 2016, 2019 and then 2022. 

It seems like every week you can see more and more progress being made on the attractions and lands they occupy. We will continue to update you with these developments as we head into and through 2023 on our news and Facebook page.

December 20 - It is so exciting to see the construction progress being made on Epic Universe. In a tweet by Bioreconstruct we can see a photo of the recent developments that have been made at the park. These include Facades in the Harry Potter related land, track supports at far end of the dual-racing coaster, more track added for the Classic Monsters land coaster and more of Donkey Kong being enclosed. 

We will continue to keep you up to date with the construction progress at Epic Universe on our news and Facebook page. Let us know which Land you are most excited about by voting in our poll below. It will be interesting to see if this changes as we get closer to the opening date. So far these are the confirmed and speculated lands so we will include them all in our poll below.

  • Super Nintendo World
  • Universal Classic Monsters
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • Wizarding World - Ministry of Magic

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December 13 - We are closely following the construction progress of Epic Universe and a number of aerial photos have been posted on twitter by Bioreconstruct including this one which shows how Super Nintendo World currently looks.

The different areas of Super Nintendo World and marked onto the photo to give you perspective of the layout of the land. You can definitely see that progress is being made on this exciting new land at Epic Universe. We will keep you updated on further progress on our news and Facebook pages here at Theme Park Tourist.

December 6 - During a UBS Investor Conference call on Monday, CEO Jeff Shell made two main points relating to Epic Universe. Firstly he confirmed that despite some supply chain concerns, Epic Universe is on track to open ready for Summer 2025.

Secondly, there was mention that Epic Universe may work well with Convention visitors due to the park being split into clear lands that they could be accessed separately. " ...the park is built so that you can come into one land and not the whole park."

September 6 - Any Universal fan will be closely following the progress of the highly anticipated Epic Universe which is slated to open ready for summer 2025. A new aerial photograph from Bioreconstruct shows the current progress.

Each land is becoming more into focus and we can see work having been done on How to Train Your Dragon and Yoshi's Adventure in what will be Super Nintendo World.

We recently posted an article which included a photograph from Bioreconstruct of the progress that had been made on the construction of the Universe Classic Monsters land.

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. 

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.

Ministry of Magic, Warner Bros.
Image: Warner Bros.

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.

 

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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:

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). 

How to train your dragon, Universal
Image: Universal

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.

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I’m not sure if it’s too late to reconsider but for Universal’s Epic Universe in the DreamWorks area could you go back to the other option and make it look more like Fantasyland at Disney. This way it would be better because it should have more than one land from previous DreamWorks animated franchises. For Instance you should leave room too great a Madagascar land and make it just like the one in Singapore which sadly is being changed to Minions land and that’s stupid because Despicable Me is pretty common cat every Universal Studios around the world. However, Madagascar land isn’t common that land was pretty unique and while your at also make room for a Kung Fu Panda land even though there’s one at the Universal Studios in Beijing it would still be a good idea because that land will be pretty much unique also if it gets changed in the future. My point being is if you’re going to have a DreamWorks themed land don’t just let it be How to Train Your Dragon there add these two lands too it as well. If you can’t reconsider then just add these two lands separately too the park.

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