Universal is gearing up to have a third theme park enter the ring at Universal Orlando Resort.
Epic Universe construction has resumed after undergoing a halt due to the pandemic. That being said, let’s see how much work has been done on the theme park so far.
Epic Universe will be the third official theme park to be added to Universal Orlando Resort, on top of Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and their water theme park, Volcano Bay. Epic Universe is being built behind ICON park, which will only be a short drive away from CityWalk, and the other Universal Orlando Resort amenities.
When the park was announced in 2019, the completion date for the project was estimated to take around four years so that the park could debut in 2023. That being said, once the pandemic hit, many things changed. Construction came to a full stop and Universal was no longer confident on a completion date, noting that the theme park would be ready “at some point”.
Now, as the pandemic is on its way to find a resolution with vaccination rollouts, Epic Universe has resumed construction! Originally, when the news was announced, we heard Mayor Jerry Demings say that the park would be ready in 2025; however, as of late, it seems Universal is not as confident in that four-year timeline as they once were. Let’s see why.
On Twitter, Bioreconstruct (@Bioreconstruct) posted a Tweet with aerial comparison photos of the land used from 2016 to 2021.
Comparison of Universal’s Epic Universe site on Dec 11, 2016 and an aerial photo May 28, 2021. The electrical yard at right in the 2016 photo is same as the yard at left in the 2021 photo.
Comparison of Universal's Epic Universe site on Dec 11, 2016 and an aerial photo May 28, 2021. The electrical yard at right in the 2016 photo is same as the yard at left in the 2021 photo. pic.twitter.com/G4G1L6b0iy
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) May 31, 2021
If we take a look at the curved body of water in each photo, we can see all of the work that has been done in the area. Although there has been no progress in terms of anything going vertical, the land has been cleared to make way for construction.
Considering the land is still just a blank canvas, it is understandable why Universal may not want to pigeonhole themselves into a completion year, as they still have a lot of work to do to complete the theme park.
The biggest speculation and question on the mind of Universal fans is what IPs will Universal use to fill the lands of this park. Epic Universe comprises various lands that all make up one larger park or an epic universe. The rumored lands are: How to Train Your Dragon, Fantastic Beasts, Universal Monsters, and the now-confirmed Super Nintendo World.
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