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Universal Orlando announces Epic Universe, the destination’s next big theme park

A rumored ‘Nintendo World’ was left out of the reveal

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Universal Orlando announced at a press conference on Thursday the latest addition to the Florida-based theme park. Dubbed Epic Universe, which Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called the corporation’s “largest investment in a park,” the space is a brand new park separate from Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Epic Universe will be centered around themed lands and take guests on “a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands.” It’s likely that the themed lands will focus on Universal properties, though word’s still out on whether the highly-anticipated Super Nintendo World will make its United States debut. Other rumored attractions include lands tied to Universal’s classic monsters, How to Train Your Dragon, and the Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter spinoff.

concept art for universal orlando resort’s epic universe theme park, featuring five lands, a hotel, a strip of shops and a new roller coaster Universal Orlando Resort

The new park will be built on a 750-acre site, double the size of Universal Orlando’s total current available acreage, and include hotels, shops, and restaurants, in addition to the attractions.

a map showing the proximity of universal studios and island of adventure to the new 750-acre site of epic universe Universal Orlando Resort

This announcement comes weeks after the opening of Universal’s Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, a “highly-themed” ride that had an eight-hour wait on its opening day, and just weeks before Disney unveils the expanded Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park at nearby Hollywood Studios in Disney World.

There is no set opening date for Epic Universe, but executives promised more news in the near future, as work as already begun on building the park.