Universal Orlando Reveals "Immersive" New Theme Park Called Epic Universe
Universal's Epic Universe is big, but is it big enough for Super Mario?
How many theme parks are too many theme parks? That's a trick question because there's no such thing as "too many." Thankfully, Universal Studios agrees as it has announced is fourth Florida park, which is set to include hotels, shops, restaurants, an entertainment center, and--of course, rides. Universal's Epic Universe is the name given to the upcoming endeavor, which is being touted as a "new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment."
What does that mean? It's not entirely clear as none of the park's rides or "lands" have been announced. However, Universal Parks and Resorts chairman and CEO Tim Williams explained in a release, "It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created."
Given the popularity of Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands and the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, immersive experiences are becoming more common with themed entertainment. Building an entire park with that in mind seems like a natural idea.
While, as noted, nothing has been confirmed about what will be in the ark, there certainly are rumors. According to a report from Inside Universal, the property is expected to include attractions based on DreamWorks films, as well as the long-awaited Super Nintendo World.
Super Nintendo World is believed to be coming to multiple Universal parks, with the land already under construction in Japan. The partnership between the video game giant and the theme park group was first announced in 2015, with rides coming based on popular Nintendo games--including Super Mario Kart. Any official confirmation of Super Nintendo Land's inclusion in Epic Universe will have to come at a later date.
Epic Universe will nearly double Universal's Orland footprint--it's almost as big as the current Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, hotels, and Citywalk shopping area--and will see 14,000 new employees hired to fill it. An opening date was not announced.