Universal’s Epic Universe is set to be the most immersive and technologically advanced theme park in Orlando. This highly anticipated new addition to Universal Orlando Resort promises thrilling attractions, delicious dining, unique shopping, and luxurious hotels – all brought together to create unforgettable experiences for guests.Slated to begin opening in January 2025, Epic Universe will take guests on adventures in vibrant themed lands filled with extraordinary sights and culturally diverse experiences. The park will feature popular franchises like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Super Nintendo World, How to Train Your Dragon, and more.
Epic Universe will feature five distinct lands for guests to explore, each filled with innovative attractions, entertainment, restaurants, and shops.
Serving as the gateway land to Epic Universe, Celestial Park surrounds guests in lush gardens with shimmering waters.
Starfall Racers – A unique dual-launching racing roller coaster with riders divided into two competing ride vehicles vying to be the first to cross the finish line. This coaster performs an inverted loop, a first for Universal Orlando.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic
Inspired by the Ministry of Magic from the beloved Harry Potter books and films, this land pulls guests into the wizarding world of the 1920s.
Ministry of Magic Forbidden Forest Coaster – An indoor/outdoor roller coaster weaving through the mysterious Forbidden Forest.
Super Nintendo World
Guests will feel like they’ve stepped inside the iconic and vibrant world of Nintendo video games.
Mario Kart: Bowser Challenge – A ride using augmented reality technology and actual set pieces to put riders in the middle of a Mario Kart race.
How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk
Viking ships, dragons, and panoramic views transport visitors to the island of Berk made famous in the How to Train Your Dragon animated film series.
Flight of the Night Fury – A launched roller coaster taking riders on an aerial adventure at high speeds with their favorite dragons.
Inspired by Universal’s classic monster films, Dark Universe will offer an eerie yet captivating Gothic atmosphere with sights and sounds that bring the chilling tales to life.
Central Hub – Celestial Park
Acts as the main entrance and central hub of the park with a garden theme featuring lush landscapes, flowing waterways, and mythological architecture
Will have its own attractions like the Constellation Carousel and Starfall Racers rollercoaster
Leads into the four themed lands – Ministry of Magic, Super Nintendo World, Isle of Berk, and Dark Universe
Each land completely isolated from the others, can only access via the central hub
Very intricately detailed immersive themeing to transport guests into each world
Use of innovative ride systems and special effects to enhance experiences
Massive 750-acre site, making it one of Universal’s largest parks
Themeing and environments designed for exploration and discovery
Integration of energy efficiency and sustainable construction practices
Three on-site themed hotels including one, Helios Grand Hotel, located inside the park itself with direct access
The architecture and environments of Epic Universe are meant to be highly imaginative and intricately detailed to fully immerse guests. The central hub Celestial Park sets the tone with its fantastical astronomy-inspired theming leading into the four isolated lands. Innovative ride systems and rich themeing throughout enhance the sense of discovering new worlds.
Epic Universe will have three on-site hotels for visitors to stay at during their vacation.
Universal Stella Nova Resort (Opening January 21, 2025)
This galactic-themed 750-room hotel will feature:
A 10,000 square foot pool
Quick service restaurant
Transportation: Complimentary shuttle buses to the theme parks and CityWalk
Early Park Admission
Shopping: Universal Studios store onsite
Amenities: Pool, splash pad, hot tub, game room, restaurants
Located inside Epic Universe itself, the 500 rooms at Helios Grand Hotel will offer premium amenities and park views. As the only on-site hotel with direct theme park access, it provides ultimate convenience and exclusivity.
Transportation: Dedicated and exclusive entrance into Epic Universe theme park
Early Park Admission likely but unconfirmed
Shopping: Details pending
Amenities: Details pending but promises unique views and amenities
Room Key Benefits: Details pending
The Epic Universe hotels will offer complimentary transportation via shuttle buses to take visitors between the new theme park, Universal’s existing parks (Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay), and Universal CityWalk.
Shopping and Dining
Diverse dining and shopping experiences will be integrated throughout Epic Universe’s five lands. Some highlights include:
The Oak & Star Tavern (Celestial Park) – Hearty pub fare and craft beers served in an old English-style tavern.
Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant (Celestial Park) – Authentic Asian dishes like sushi, noodle bowls, and more.
Borgin & Burkes (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic) – Specialty magical items referencing the dark Knockturn Alley shop from Harry Potter.
Scribbulus Writing Implements (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic) – Quills, ink, parchment, and other writing supplies.
And much more! With over 50 dining and shopping locations, Epic Universe will offer extensive options to satisfy every taste and interest.
Technology and Innovation
Universal’s Epic Universe will showcase cutting-edge technology and innovation through several aspects:
Ride Systems: Many of the attractions will feature advanced ride systems including launch coasters for acceleration and inverted coasters for unique ride experiences. The use of augmented and virtual reality across multiple rides adds a heightened level of immersion.
App Integration: Universal Orlando’s mobile app will likely integrate with the Epic Universe, allowing for interactive experiences, mobile food ordering, virtual queues, and more convenience.
Theming and Special Effects: Detailed physical sets combined with projection mapping, animatronics, lighting, and special effects will bring each themed land to life with an unparalleled level of realism.
Universal has stated Epic Universe will incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly practices throughout its construction and operation:
LEED Certified Buildings: Many of the buildings aim to achieve LEED certification through efficient design, renewable energy, and waste reduction.
Solar Panels: Rooftop solar panels will help generate clean electricity.
Electric Vehicle Charging: Charging stations will be available for electric vehicles.
Epic Universe plans to provide exceptional guest service through various offerings:
Child Swap: Allowing one parent to wait with a child while the other rides, then switch without having to wait in line again.
Rider Switch: Same concept but for older guests who don’t meet height requirements together. Enables taking turns riding.
Nursing Facilities: Designated nursing areas will be available for mothers.
First Aid: Each park will have trained medical staff and areas for guests needing minor medical attention.
Special events expected at the new park include:
Grand Opening Celebration: Marking the first phase opening likely in January 2025 with ceremonies, media coverage, and commemorative merchandise.
Annual Passholder Previews: Exclusive first access events before official opening dates.
Holiday Events: Special holiday festivities and entertainment during events like Halloween Horror Nights and Christmas celebrations.
Located adjacent to Universal’s existing theme parks, about 2 miles from Epic Universe
Dining and entertainment district with restaurants, shops, clubs and more
Proximity to Epic Universe
Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided between CityWalk and Epic Universe
Easy access via car – located just off Kirkman Road, south of Sand Lake Road
Universal Express Pass offers shorter lines at participating rides
Details on availability and implementation at Epic Universe’s attractions is still forthcoming
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Check the Universal Orlando website for official announcements
An interactive preview center for Epic Universe will open at CityWalk later this year
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Special Offers and Deals
Florida residents can get multi-day tickets starting at $225 per night plus tax. There is also a buy 2 days, get 2 days free ticket offer starting at $330.99 per adult.
There is a Universal Orlando vacation package offer that includes 4 nights hotel, 3-park preferred annual passes, and a bundle & save discount.
Military members can purchase a Military Freedom Pass, giving them theme park access most days in 2024.
Universal is offering a “Stay More, Save More” hotel offer where guests can save up to 10% on hotels stays of 5 nights or more. Rates start at $162 per night plus tax.
Guests can get an extra $50 off Universal Orlando vacation packages when booking.
Universal Orlando Annual Passholders get special 2024 calendar-year discounts and benefits like exclusive food options and early park admission.
Costco members can save up to 20% on Universal Studios theme park tickets.
Universal Rewards Visa Card
The recently launched Universal Rewards Visa Card provides guests with a new way to pay for their Universal Orlando vacation while earning rewards and enjoying special perks. Cardholder benefits include:
10% off select food, beverage, and merchandise purchases
Access to a VIP Lounge at the theme parks
Earn $100 statement credit after spending $500 in the first 90 days
3% back on qualifying Universal purchases
2% back on qualifying travel purchases
1% back on all other purchases
The Universal Rewards Visa Card will enhance any Universal Orlando vacation with money-saving perks and exclusive extras.
With innovative attractions taking beloved stories to new heights, delicious dining, one-of-a-kind shopping, luxurious on-site hotels, and seamless transportation, Universal’s Epic Universe is set to deliver next-level theme park experiences beginning in 2025. This expansive and immersive new addition to Universal Orlando Resort promises unforgettable adventures for all who enter through its gates.