New Epic Universe Concept Art, Details, and More: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Theme Parks

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Hey there, Universal fans and theme park lovers! Have you heard the latest buzz about Universal Orlando’s newest addition? Just a stone’s throw away from Walt Disney World, Universal is crafting something extraordinary – Epic Universe. This isn’t just any theme park; it’s a game-changer, and I’ve got the inside scoop on what’s coming! Let’s look at the latest Epic Universe concept art, details, and more!

A New Chapter in Theme Park History

Get ready for a thrilling adventure, as Universal Orlando is set to open a groundbreaking new theme park, Epic Universe. Just a short drive up I-4 from Walt Disney World, this new addition is more than just a theme park; it could completely change the Orlando theme park market. Let’s dive into the exciting details of what’s coming to this incredible new destination.

From a Simple Doodle to an Epic Reality

The journey of Epic Universe began with a humble sketch on a napkin by Mark Woodberry (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Destinations & Experiences) in 2016. Fast forward nearly a decade, and that vision is becoming a reality. Slated to open in 2025, Epic Universe is poised to be the most immersive and innovative park ever built.

Universal’s Epic Universe: A Bold New World

Introducing Epic Universe

Epic Universe, Universal Orlando Resort’s fourth theme park, is set on a sprawling 750-acre land. It promises to transport guests to expansive, vivid worlds filled with awe-inspiring attractions, entertainment, hotels, dining, and more.

“We’re telling stories that resonate with our guests, immersing them right from the front gate,” says Steve Tatham, the executive creative director for Universal Epic Universe, who moved back to Orlando from Osaka, Japan, to work on this project. “Universal redefined theme-park entertainment forever. We’re setting a new standard, and that’s what it means to be a modern theme park,” he adds. 

Easy Access to Epic Adventures

Unlike traditional Universal Orlando theme park access, Epic Universe offers a direct drive to the park. Plus, there will also be complimentary transportation connecting the entire Universal Orlando Resort.

A Fusion of Future and Present

Gabriela Lander, director of Facility Design for Universal Creative, describes Epic Universe as a blend of future and present. The park will feature nature walks under the stars and iconic elements that bring dreams into immersive worlds of epic stories, all enhanced by advanced technology.

Step into Five Fantastical Worlds

Epic Universe, Universal Orlando’s latest marvel, is not just a theme park; it’s a collection of five distinct, immersive worlds, each offering its own unique adventures and experiences. All the worlds are connected through Celestial Park, the first world you’ll experience once you walk through the Emerald Gate and the Chronos device at the entrance to Epic. “In our story, Chronos is this giant machine used to harness the energy of the Universe that powers all of Celestial Park, allowing us to open the portals to other worlds,” explains Adam Rivest, executive producer for Celestial Park.

Let’s embark on a journey through these fantastical realms and discover what each has in store for visitors.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic

A Magical Expansion

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expands with the introduction of the Ministry of Magic. This new land blends the enchanting 1920s wizarding Paris from the “Fantastic Beasts” films with the iconic British Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series. Fans can expect a deep dive into the magical universe, exploring new locations and experiencing spellbinding adventures.

Unique Attractions and Experiences

Visitors will have the chance to explore the inner workings of the Ministry, encounter magical creatures, and perhaps even find themselves in the middle of an exciting magical escapade. The attention to detail, from the architecture to the hidden magical elements, will make this an unforgettable experience for Harry Potter fans.

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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

A Gamer’s Paradise

Step into the iconic green pipe and enter SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, a vibrant, interactive land where guests can immerse themselves in the worlds of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Donkey Kong. This world is a dream come true for Nintendo fans, offering a unique blend of real-world and virtual experiences.

Interactive Adventures

The land features state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, and opportunities to engage with beloved characters. Guests can collect coins, compete in challenges, and even experience what it’s like to be inside their favorite video games. With three distinct attractions, themed around Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is sure to be the headliner World of the new park.

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Dark Universe

A Realm of Mystery and Myth

Dark Universe plunges guests into a shadowy world where the lines between myth and reality blur. Here, you’ll encounter the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein and roam a landscape where legendary monsters lurk.

Thrilling Encounters

This world is designed for those who love a good thrill and a touch of the macabre. It’s a place of mystery and excitement, where every corner holds a new surprise, from chilling encounters to breathtaking landscapes. The land will bring infamous classic monsters to life with unique attractions and experiences.

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How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk

A Colorful Viking Adventure

Based on the popular “How to Train Your Dragon” film franchise, the Isle of Berk offers a vibrant world filled with Viking adventures. Guests can soar with dragons and explore a colorful, dynamic landscape that brings the beloved film series to life.

Interactive and Immersive Experiences

Families and fans of the franchise will love the interactive experiences, from dragon-riding attractions to Viking-themed adventures. The Isle of Berk is a place of wonder and excitement, perfect for guests of all ages.

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The Core of Epic Universe: Celestial Park

Celestial Park, the central and most enchanting area of Universal’s Epic Universe, is where the storytelling begins. This area is not just a transitional space; it’s a fully immersive world of its own, brimming with attractions, dining, and shopping experiences. Let’s explore the attractions that make Celestial Park a must-visit destination in Epic Universe.

Attractions in Celestial Park

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Constellation Carousel: Imagine a carousel not just for kids but for everyone who loves a touch of cosmic wonder. The Constellation Carousel is a unique twist on the traditional merry-go-round. Here, you don’t just ride horses; you’re astride celestial creatures, each meticulously designed to represent different constellations. As the carousel spins, these creatures also rotate 360 degrees, giving riders the sensation of dancing among the stars. The carousel is adorned with hundreds of points of starlight, creating a mesmerizing cosmic ambiance that’s both enchanting and surreal.

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Starfall Racers: For thrill-seekers, Starfall Racers is an absolute must. This attraction is a racing dual-launch coaster, where you’ll feel the rush of speeding through the cosmos. The coaster reaches speeds of up to 62 mph and soars to heights of 133 feet, simulating the exhilarating journey of a comet through space. The design is unique, combining the nostalgic feel of an old wooden coaster with the smoothness and speed of modern engineering. The track, spanning 1.8 miles, features a side-by-side race between two comet-themed coasters, offering a competitive edge to the ride. And the experience is even more magical at night, as the coaster, decked out in lights, mimics shooting stars racing across the night sky.

Astronomica: Astronomica is not your typical attraction. It’s an interactive wet-play area that doubles as a stunning centerpiece for Celestial Park. Designed as a compass rose, it points to the various portals and attractions around Epic Universe. During the day, it’s a playful water attraction, perfect for families looking to cool off and have fun. But at night, Astronomica transforms. It becomes a spectacle of light, color, and music, creating an immersive experience that’s both visually stunning and emotionally uplifting. It’s a place where guests can engage with the environment in a way that’s both playful and awe-inspiring.

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Beyond the Attractions

Celestial Park is more than its rides and attractions; it’s about the experience of being in a space that celebrates the beauty and mystery of the cosmos. The park’s design emphasizes nature, with acres of gardens, waterways, and pathways, encouraging guests to connect with the environment and each other. The transition from day to night in Celestial Park is a spectacle in itself, with the area lighting up to reveal a completely different, yet equally beautiful, environment.

In Celestial Park, every detail, from the attractions to the landscaping, is designed to create a sense of wonder and exploration. It’s a place where guests can escape the ordinary and embark on an extraordinary journey through the universe. As the gateway to the other worlds of Epic Universe, Celestial Park sets the stage for the adventures that await in this groundbreaking new theme park.

Celestial Park: A Culinary and Retail Paradise

Celestial Park, the vibrant heart of Universal’s Epic Universe, offers more than just thrilling attractions. It’s a hub for exquisite dining and unique shopping experiences, making it a complete destination for visitors. Let’s delve into some of the culinary delights and shopping adventures that await in Celestial Park.

Where to Eat in Celestial Park

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Atlantic Restaurant

Nestled in the midst of Celestial Park, the Atlantic Restaurant is a culinary gem. This dining spot is a dream come true for seafood lovers, offering the freshest catch in an extraordinary setting. The restaurant’s design is inspired by an ‘out of this world’ glass aquarium, featuring Victorian glass walls that surround Neptune’s pool. This creates an illusion of dining under the sea, enhancing the seafood dining experience.

The menu at Atlantic is a celebration of the ocean’s bounty. It features a wide range of seafood options, from classic dishes to unique culinary creations. The chefs focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients, ensuring that each dish is a delightful experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a light seafood salad or a hearty surf and turf, Atlantic has something to satisfy every palate.

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The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant

For those craving flavors from the East, The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant is a must-visit. This restaurant takes you on a culinary journey through China, Southeast Asia, and Japan. The vibrant and electric interior, adorned with neon dragons, sets the stage for a dynamic dining experience.

The menu at The Blue Dragon is a fusion of traditional and modern Asian cuisine. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, from succulent dim sums to spicy curries and fresh sushi rolls. The restaurant also features an indoor courtyard setting, complete with lanterns that dance overhead, creating a mesmerizing ambiance. For a more intimate experience, the cozy Tiger Bar offers a selection of drinks and lighter fare.

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Where to Shop

Nintendo Super Star Store

For longtime Nintendo lovers and souvenir hunters, the Nintendo Super Star Store is a treasure trove. This store is a colorful homage to Nintendo’s beloved characters and worlds. From Mario to Donkey Kong, the store features a wide range of merchandise that celebrates the iconic gaming franchise.

The store’s design is as vibrant as its merchandise, with colorful displays and interactive elements that bring the world of Nintendo to life. Whether you’re looking for a unique keepsake, a gift for a fellow gamer, or just want to immerse yourself in the world of Nintendo, the Super Star Store is the place to be.

A Complete Experience

The dining and shopping options in Celestial Park are designed to complement the overall experience of the park. They offer a chance to take a break from the thrills and immerse yourself in different worlds – whether it’s the depths of the ocean at Atlantic Restaurant or the vibrant landscapes of Asia at The Blue Dragon. And for those looking to take a piece of Epic Universe home, the Nintendo Super Star Store offers a wide range of unique souvenirs.

In Celestial Park, every meal is an adventure, and every shopping experience is a journey. It’s a place where the magic of Epic Universe extends beyond the rides and attractions, creating a complete and immersive experience for all visitors.

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Where to Stay: A Universe of Options

When visiting Universal’s Epic Universe, the experience doesn’t end when you leave the park. The resort’s three new hotels, each with its unique theme and offerings, ensure that the magic continues throughout your stay. Let’s explore these accommodations in more detail.

Universal Helios Grand Hotel

A Fusion of Celestial Elegance and Mediterranean Charm

The Universal Helios Grand Hotel is a luxurious full-service hotel that combines celestial beauty with Mediterranean elegance. Named after the Greek God of the Sun, Helios, this hotel is designed to be a haven where the heavens and earth unite.

Unique Features:

  • Celestial and Mediterranean Design: The hotel’s decor features celestial patterns and constellation details, complemented by a casual yet elegant Mediterranean-inspired atmosphere.
  • Exclusive Park Access: One of the most significant advantages of staying at the Helios Grand Hotel is its dedicated and exclusive entrance into Celestial Park, offering guests unparalleled convenience and a unique experience.
  • View of the Gardens: Guests can enjoy views of the beautiful gardens and natural wonders of Celestial Park, especially the transformation from day to night, offering a serene and enchanting environment.

Universal Stella Nova Resort

Inspired by the Vastness of the Universe

The Universal Stella Nova Resort is a hotel inspired by the infinite vastness of the universe. Its design and ambiance reflect the mysteries and wonders of outer space, making it a perfect stay for those who love to gaze at the stars and dream.

Unique Features:

  • Galactic Theme: Highlighted in teal and purple colors, Stella Nova represents its own galaxy, complete with a black hole vortex porte-cochère, creating an immersive cosmic experience.
  • Luxurious Amenities: The hotel offers 750 guest rooms, resort-style amenities, and several dining options, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
  • Dynamic Facade: The exterior of Stella Nova is adorned with thousands of dichroic panels, each slightly unique, creating a facade that changes appearance based on the viewer’s perspective, time of day, and weather conditions.

Universal Terra Luna Resort

A Tribute to Discovery and Adventure

The Universal Terra Luna Resort is the sister hotel to Stella Nova, inspired by the thrill of exploration and discovery. Its design and theme are a nod to adventurers and explorers who push the limits of what’s known.

Unique Features:

  • Earth and Exploration Theme: Highlighted in gold and green, Terra Luna is inspired by the thrill of discovery, with a design that evokes the excitement of exploring new worlds.
  • Comfort and Style: Like Stella Nova, Terra Luna offers 750 guest rooms, each designed to provide comfort and style, along with resort-style amenities and dining options.
  • Unique Exterior Design: The hotel’s facade features a similar dichroic panel design to Stella Nova, creating a dynamic and ever-changing appearance that adds to the sense of wonder and discovery.

A Stay Beyond Expectations

Each hotel at Universal’s Epic Universe is designed to extend the immersive experience of the park, offering guests a unique stay that complements their adventure. Whether you’re basking in the celestial elegance of the Helios Grand Hotel, exploring the cosmic wonders of Stella Nova, or embracing the spirit of discovery at Terra Luna, these hotels promise a memorable and unique stay. Bookings are already open for these extraordinary accommodations, inviting guests to be part of the Epic Universe experience from the moment they arrive to the moment they depart.

The Epic Universe: More Than Just a Theme Park

Epic Universe is more than just rides and attractions; it’s a journey into imagination and innovation. “Epic is not just an idea; it is a living, breathing entity that we are creating here in Orlando, and so many people have been nurturing it along the way,” says Adam. “So it’s just really exciting that we’re about to share this park with the world.” As we count down to its opening, the excitement is palpable. Universal’s Epic Universe isn’t just a new theme park; it’s a destination where dreams come to life.

Stay tuned for more updates on this epic adventure. The countdown to 2025 begins now!

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