The company has confirmed the new Epic Universe theme park is coming to Orlando, and has shown off some concept art that certainly looks to live up to the name. It opened its third park, Volcano Bay, in 2017.
The secretive nature of the new park is "because of competitive pressure", Universal Parks & Resorts CEO Tom Williams said at a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. News of the expansion arrives just weeks before the launch of Disney's much-anticipated new Star Wars theme park. Some came up with clever options, including Nintendo World, which is already planned for Universal Studios Japan.
Universal Orlando did release concept art for how the park will be layed out and includes hints to new hotels, shops, restaurants and an entertainment center.
Epic Universe is Universal Orlando's fourth theme park.
Epic Universe will be located on a 750-acre site, a short drive from Universal's other parks, and will add 14,000 employees to Universal Orlando's current staff of 25,000.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the county is working with Universal to streamline permitting to expand the International Drive area.
Now, we know they were planning to announce Universal's Epic Universe.
Universal previously bought the land near the Orange County Convention Center from Lockheed Martin in 1998 but sold some of it in 2003.
Universal Orlando said it's the "most immersive and innovative park we've ever created".
"I don't think there's been announcement like this in over 20 years here when you hear the scale", Roberts said.
So far there is no news on the different lands that will be found within Universal's Epic Universe or when the park is set to open. "It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community". Universal are investing $160 million in the Kirkman area including improvement to transportation. The new park alone will contribute a total of $11.5 billion in benefits to the Florida economy, he said.
For more information, visit Universal Orlando's website!