An “Epic Universe” is on its way to Universal Orlando Resort. The amusement company announced Thursday the first details about its new theme park, the first major such development in the U.S. since Disney California Adventure debuted in 2001.
Epic Universe will be the fourth park for Universal in the area, joining Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the Volcano Bay waterpark. It will occupy a 750-acre plot of land between Sand Lake Road and the Orange County Convention Center, approximately 4 miles from the existing attractions. The new park will nearly double Universal’s total acreage in Florida.
Though a completion date yet to be set, Universal promises “experiences beyond your wildest imagination,” along with new roller coasters, an entertainment center, and various hotels and restaurants.
“Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” Tom Williams, chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts, said in a statement. “It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created. It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community.”
Universal has not yet released details on immersive lands to be included in the park, though rumors suggest that Fantastic Beasts (related to Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and Nintendo franchises, among others, will be involved.