Universal’s Epic Universe may have a neighbor coming in, and it seems it may not have anything to do with the theme park.
Epic Universe has been undergoing many trials and tribulations due to the pandemic, but is finally on its way to being built and moved in a more progressive direction. Epic Universe was announced in 2019, but when the pandemic hit, it was paused indefinitely. Universal was not sure when the Park would resume construction, but just that it would be built at some point.
Luckily, construction once again resumed a few months ago, and now the theme park is looking at a 2025 completion date. It will be located behind ICON Park, which means only a few minutes from Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Universal has already noted that Super Nintendo World will be one of the lands that comprise Epic Universe. They have also said that DreamWorks will hold as a strong IP, which correlates well with the dueling dragon-styled How to Train Your Dragon coaster rumor.
However, it has been reported that “Universal Retail C LLC — an entity related to SRE Holdings LLC — bought 10 vacant acres between two parcels for $22 million, or roughly $2.2 million an acre, on Sept. 8, Orange County records showed.” We do not yet know what will come to develop in the area, but they have been approved for mixed-use developments. The parent company, SRE Holdings, already owns the Chick-fil-A and 7-Eleven properties, which face Universal Boulevard over a three-mile span, so it seems like that we may see some more dining locations pop up next to the theme park.
Some of the 20 acres will be needed for Epic Universe roadways; however, the majority of the space will be developed by Universal Retail C LLC. With the new theme park adding to the area, we are likely going to see a lot more construction and additions come nearby as the theme park will attract new tourism. The same amount of space sold for $10.1 million in 2016, so the demand for land in Florida has easily doubled and remains at an all-time high.
Although Epic Universe will have a “downtown” core in the theme park, these new shops and stores will hopefully give Guests in the area more to look at and give them some food options that are not at a theme park price scale!
What do you think of more construction going up around Epic Universe? Are you happy to see further developments in the area?