UPDATE September 6 - We are closely following the exciting construction progress of Epic Universe and are sharing with you the highlights from the latest photo update posted to Twitter by Bioreconstruct on September 4. This new update focuses on How To Train Your Dragon land where a number of interesting developments have taken place.
How To Train Your Dragon
We begin with a look at the entrance to How To Train Your Dragon land.
Aerial look at the entrance of How To Train Your Dragon land. The portal at right seems to have a colorful perch on top. As if a dragon will welcome guests.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) September 4, 2023
Recently cast concrete along the bay seems to be divided into sections, and to be covered in wood planks. pic.twitter.com/ZW4lG6C1oa
You can see that rock work chips have been added to the Great Hall as well as log framing.
At center of this aerial is a themed shop building in How to Train Your Dragon land. Also:— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) September 4, 2023
1 Recently added log framing
2 Rock work chips on the Great Hall pic.twitter.com/unzU2K355I
In this photo below you can see the themed buildings as well as the striking curved building in How To Train Your Dragon Land.
Aerial look at themed buildings in How To Train Your Dragon land. Also— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) September 4, 2023
1 Frame recently added at The Great Hall to hold rock work chips on the exterior
2 Wood covering the load/unload platform of the boat ride
3 Rock work progress at building side facing the roller coaster pic.twitter.com/u64S2wbbBe
In the photo below you can see the recently added pair of spinning rides very clearly which are a huge feature in this land.
Aerial look at a pair of spinning rides in How To Train Your Dragon land. pic.twitter.com/YYwCDkOjST— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) September 4, 2023
Here is a closer view of The How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster with a newly placed frame.
At top left in this aerial is a recently placed frame at the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster. It seems to shield some views from the land:— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) September 4, 2023
- The return to station
- The maintenance spur
The first launch also leaps over the frame. pic.twitter.com/gXiVJLEwjh
We are very grateful to Bioreconstruct for their extensive coverage of the Epic Universe construction. Head over to their twitter page to check out for further photos from How To Train Your Dragon land. We will keep you updated with further developments on Epic Universe. Which land are you most excited about? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
August 28 - In the latest video update posted to YouTube from Theme Park Stop which is embedded below, we get to see progress being made on all lands in Epic Universe.
Interesting updates have particularly come from the Dark Universe with new trademark applications being revealed including "Pretorius' Scientific Oddities" which could be for a new retail location and "The Manor Storehouse" which could be for a retail location at the exit of the land have been filed.
The most exciting new trademark is "Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment" which is expected to be for the main attraction, an indoor attraction which will utilise kuka arm technology, the same as is used in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal's Islands of Adventure. This main attraction is set to include all Universal Classic Monsters but will begin in Frankenstein's lab.
Another trademark is "De Lacey's" which is speculated to be for the cottage used as a kiosk for snacks, next to the main attraction. More trees have been planted in the Dark Universe area and work continues on the second roller coaster, "Curse of the Werewolf".
Over at the Wizarding World, work is happening on the entry arch which is now enclosed with weather proofing now in place. The column has been installed on top of the entrance portal and the beacon for this land is expected to be a hand holding a magic wand which is expected to be placed on top.
In How To Train Your Dragon the impressive second dragon which is red has been installed on the Skyfly ride. Further rock work is being erected. As can be seen in the video, work continues in all other lands across Epic Universe, which land are you most impressed with so far? Let us know by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
August 23 - There has been another massive photo update posted on Twitter by Bioreconstruct. Progress is being made on all areas of Epic Universe, we have chosen a few main photos to show how Universal's third gate currently looks.
Let's start with an overview of the whole park. It is so exciting to see how much progress is being made on this huge site.
Aerial overview of Epic Universe. pic.twitter.com/11nExdTwIT— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
There have been a number of updates in the central area of Epic Universe.
Aug 18, 2023 Aerial look at center of Epic Universe.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
- Trees added in How To Train Your Dragon land, and classic monsters land.
- Stylized roofs in Dragon land
- Security/admission structure at park entrance
- Mural shaping up at South hotel
- Column at Harry Potter land portal pic.twitter.com/X8TrNwvXrZ
Work is continuing on the large and smaller dome in the center of the park where a ride called Celestial Carousel is thought to be housed believed and water features will dominate.
Aerial look at the center of Epic Universe.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
1 A recently added semicircle that seems to line up with center viewing of the fountain/fireworks show of the park.
2 Seems like the semicircle is for a wall similar to wall here.
3 Believed to be a chain of fountain jets in a pond. pic.twitter.com/dK3nHUHACb
There has been more planting happening in what is expected to be the classic Monsters land.
Aerial look at trees recently transplanted near the roller coaster in classic monsters land in Epic Universe. Scaffolding also recently added at the barn over the second launch.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 19, 2023
Coaster is likely called Curse of the Werewolf. pic.twitter.com/WZQGTjmj5K
Work is continuing on the Curse of the Werewolf roller coaster where there appears that something will be built above the long track sections.
Large scaffolding platforms are seen at the arrow in this aerial overview of the Curse of the Werewolf roller coaster.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 19, 2023
Lengthy track sections covered in protective white tubing indicate something will be built above. pic.twitter.com/yvtqXBIQRk
How To Train Your Dragon Land is also developing really well with further rock work emerging.
At center of this aerial photo is the second launch of the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
1 Envelope tester to assure no rock work is in reach of guests
2 Seems to be a walk-through attraction. Getting rock work.
3,4 guests on the coaster will go through 2 archways pic.twitter.com/T4jcw4a8ph
This photo gives an overview of the land as it currently stands.
At center of this aerial photo is a shop. Scrims where a rock work is being sculpted near the roller coaster.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
Two Viking ships, two dragons, in the bay.
Dragon on the spinning ride, lower left.
In How To Train Your Dragon land, in Epic Universe. pic.twitter.com/kw3F8NetYq
In this photo you can see sighting of the third Viking ship and recently added frame near the boat ride.
In this aerial photo of the bay at How To Train Your Dragon land— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
1 Recently cast concrete being smoothed
2 Sighting of the 3rd Viking ship! Worker adds scale to the size of the statues.
3 Viking ships with masts
4 Recently added frame near the boat ride pic.twitter.com/BAKDcVuyAs
Porte Saint-Denis is coming to life in the Harry Potter land where exterior board has been recently added and a monument style column has been added to the land's portal.
Aerial photo of a Harry Potter related land. Exterior board was recently added to the copy of Porte Saint-Denis. A monument type of column added to the top of the land's portal. In Epic Universe. pic.twitter.com/3QItjoA9yU— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
The Paris streets are developing further in the Harry Potter themed land with scaffolding signalling work is continuing on these buildings.
Aerial look at the scaffolding clad Paris facades in a Harry Potter related land of Epic Universe. pic.twitter.com/af4xRoOExE— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
In an update from The Donkey Kong roller coaster, we see misaligned railroad ties attached and a new circular concrete form added.
Aerial overview of the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Epic Universe. Most of the mock 2-rail track now with misaligned railroad ties. There's also a new circular concrete form at center. pic.twitter.com/vDfnRREH16— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
If you haven't seen the work on the in-park hotel recently you are going to be impressed with the progress as new beams and concrete forms have been added. A Porte-cochère is expected at the front.
Aerial look at construction of the in-park hotel in Epic Universe.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
1 Yellow beams holding platform above, with concrete forms of the scalloped edge of the next floor of the hotel.
2,3 Supports for a concrete forms to extend the lobby outward. Porte-cochère likely to be here. pic.twitter.com/WTwmUcAeqM
The impressive dual-racing coaster can be seen in the photo below where progress continues. This is certainly going to be a must do roller coaster at Epic Universe and we can't wait to ride this one.
Aerial look at the front of the dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe. Trains will be in opposite directions at bottom of the front-most curves. Then quickly in parallel in the second launch on the far side of the station. pic.twitter.com/UMIRKk7tH1— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
We can also see from the photo below that the roof steel continues to be placed on the dual-racing roller coaster.
Aerial look at work on roof steel being placed on the station of the Epic Universe dual-racing coaster. pic.twitter.com/gYdJjNIWpQ— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) August 20, 2023
For further photos head to Bioreconstruct Twitter page. We will continue to follow the progress of the construction of Epic Universe. Which land are you most excited about? Let us know by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
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