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It’s been almost five years since the world learned that a fourth theme park would be coming to Universal Orlando Resort called Universal Epic Universe. Aside from a March 2021 update that construction on Epic Universe would resume after it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal has been tight-lipped about what many believe will be one of the most immersive and exciting theme parks ever built.
On Jan. 30, Universal finally gave fans a peek inside the gates of Epic Universe. It revealed the park’s five lands and all the magic they will hold, with the bulk of the announcement surrounding a land called Celestial Park. Opening in 2025, Epic Universe will also feature three hotels and an entertainment center with restaurants and shops.
Here’s everything we know so far about this epic new theme park.
Epic Universe lands and rides
Epic Universe will be home to five worlds “filled with extraordinary adventures that go beyond [guests’] wildest imaginations,” according to a press release. Inside those lands, the Epic Universe will feature more than 50 attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping experiences that come together to create an “epic” theme park experience.
Celestial Park will be the first world guests encounter as they enter the park. This astronomical-themed area will have ample green spaces and fountains for guests who want to relax as well as day-to-night entertainment. Such entertainment includes mystical fountain shows and three attractions ranging from family-friendly to faster-than-fast.
Starfall Racers is being touted as Epic Universe’s most thrilling coaster. This dual-launch coaster can reach speeds of up to 62 mph and heights of up to 133 feet along 5,000 feet of track. Guests who prefer to go at a slower pace can hop aboard the Constellation Carousel, a constellation-themed ride with vehicles that gently glide back and forth and make 360-degree rotations.
Celestial Park will also have an interactive water play area called Astronomica and multiple dining outlets. Options include Atlantic, a full-service “surf and turf” restaurant set inside a large Victorian-style aquarium and The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese and Thai fare. At the Oak & Star Tavern, guests can find barbecue and Pizza Moon serving, as you may have guessed, pizza.
You’ll also be able to shop for merchandise — including snacks and desserts from Moonship Chocolates & Celestial Sweets and items themed to the park’s other lands — at shops like the Nintendo Super Star Store.
Celestial Park will also serve as a gateway between the park’s other four worlds, which guests will enter through majestic themed portals.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic
When Universal set out to build a fourth park, they searched for ways to bring more “Harry Potter” stories to life. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic will highlight the wizarding era of the 1920s featured in the “Fantastic Beasts” films.
You can expect to see iconic destinations from the films, including Paris and the British Ministry of Magic. Universal hasn’t revealed any other details besides that the land will feature one ride.
Super Nintendo World
Super Nintendo World will take guests inside the adventures of favorite characters like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Donkey Kong … as well as not-so-favorite characters like Bowser. Guests will enter the land through a green warp pipe. Inside, Universal has revealed there will be a Mario Kart ride similar to the one built for Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Hollywood, but there are rumored to also be rides themed to Donkey Kong and Yoshi.
How to Train Your Dragon — The Isle of Berk
Similar to the “How to Train Your Dragon” films, this land will allow guests to soar through the sky with dragons in a world filled with Viking adventures. Universal will release more details on this land at a later date.
Universal’s annual Halloween Horror Nights is more popular every year, running last year for a record-breaking 48 nights. Now, guests won’t have to wait for fall to get their fill of all things spooky. Dark Universe will be a land where Universal’s classic monsters are reimagined with the mysterious Dr. Victoria Frankenstein at the helm.
Epic Universe hotels
Late last year, we got a look at two of the three hotels coming to Universal Epic Universe. Adjacent to the new park, Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort will each have 750 guest rooms, outdoor pools and quick-service dining options similar to Universal’s other Prime Value category hotels like Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Now, Universal has released information and artwork on a third hotel called Universal Helios Grand Hotel. This hotel will actually be inside Epic Universe at the end of Celestial Park and will have its own dedicated entrance into the park. Universal Helios Grand Hotel will have 500 guest rooms and “one-of-a-kind” views “designed to transport guests to a world where the heavens and earth unite,” according to a Universal press release.
Epic Universe map
If you want to get an idea of the park’s layout, Universal also released a map of Epic Universe with each land labeled accordingly. As you can see, Celestial Park is at the main entrance to the park, with Universal Helios Grand Hotel at the back of the land. From Celestial Park, you can enter portals to the other four lands.
When does Epic Universe open?
Epic Universe is scheduled to open in 2025.
Where is Epic Universe?
Epic Universe will be on a 750-acre tract of land near Universal’s current parks. Epic Universe will be about 3 miles down the road from the rest of Universal Orlando. The resort will provide complimentary shuttle service between Epic Universe (and its hotels) and the rest of Universal Orlando Resort.
It’s hard to describe Universal Epic Universe without saying it will be … epic. While many theme parks, including Universal, have immersive lands and attractions, we have yet to see a theme park of this scale with this groundbreaking level of detail and immersion.
Universal Epic Universe will cement Universal Orlando as a weeklong theme park vacation destination. From the resort’s recent additions like Minion Land and the upcoming Dreamworks-themed land to the new experiences coming to Epic Universe, Universal Orlando will truly have something for everyone.