Complete Guide to Universal Epic Universe

Updated on May 2, 2024

Universal’s newest and perhaps its most anticipated theme park will be opening in Orlando in 2025, and we can’t wait!

Universal Orlando Universal’s Epic Universe Logo ©Universal/Comcast

It’ll have been nearly 25 years since a new theme park opened in Orlando, and Universal’s Epic Universe promises to be packed with thrills, new experiences, and creative new vistas!

For years, the company stayed tight-lipped about what was coming to the new park. However, they’ve recently begun divulging new and exciting details about Epic Universe and its lands that have us even more excited!


Below we’ve covered everything we know officially about Epic Universe… and some of the rumors that have yet to be confirmed by Universal.  As we get closer and closer to the opening and NBCUniversal releases more details, we’ll be sure to update you so you know exactly how to plan for your day in this new theme park and experience all it has to offer!

Introduction Super Nintendo Land | Celestial Park
| How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk| Dark Universe| The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic

So, let’s jump into what we know!

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New technology is being developed all the time, meaning your next park experience could be bigger and better than the last. Universal Orlando has taken things a step further by building an entirely new park, and new documents might hint at what rides may be coming to Epic Universe! Because we anticipate that there will be many interactive elements in the park, as well as the trend of how parks, in general, are requiring a smartphone planning app, we encourage you to download the Universal Orlando Resort App to your mobile device well in advance of your trip and get familiar with it.

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When Epic Universe opens, we anticipate a few attractions may require a Virtual Queue, and many of the restaurants will likely have Mobile Order as well as other enhanced interactive aspects of the Epic experience.


It’s no secret that Universal has kept much about the new park under wraps for years. However, arguably the most anticipated element was also the first officially announced: Super Nintendo World.

Super Nintendo World

Universal Studios Japan opened the first Super Nintendo World in 2021, and shortly after that, in 2023, Universal Hollywood opened its own version of Super Nintendo World. Both locations have received rave reviews from fans and guests (even of the non-gamer variety). After much speculation, Universal Destinations & Experiences finally confirmed in February 2023 that Super Nintendo World would be included in Epic Universe, referring to it as the “worst-kept secret in history.” 

So many blocks!

Epic Universe’s Super Nintendo World will be quite similar to the Universal Studios Japan and Hollywood versions, which provide essentially a blueprint for comparison.

We recently had a PERFECT DAY at Super Nintendo World in California, and you can watch our video about it right here!

Super Nintendo Land in Epic Universe will feature the same self-contained, dual-level footprint, featuring architecture straight out of the Super Mario games and interactive elements that allow guests to collect coins, unlock special areas, and compete in various other mini-games featuring Nintendo and Mario characters including Koopa Troopa, a Piranha Plant, a Goomba, Thwomp, Bob-Omb, and  Bowser Jr. All of this is accessible with the use of a Power-Band accessory. 


If you want to take your Super Nintendo World experience to the next level, you’ll be able to pick up a Power-Up Band. These cost $40.

Power-Up Bands

The bands come in a variety of designs so you can rep your favorite character.

Throughout the land, look for touchpoints where you can tap your Power-Up Band. They might just make special effects appear!

You’ll find these bands at “retail locations in Universal Studios Orlando and Universal CityWalk as well as inside the land.”



The Mario Kart ride referred to is likely similar to (if not identical to) the one that is in Super Nintendo World in Japan and Hollywood.


The ride uses practical sets and augmented reality images shown using special glasses to bring guests directly into the world of the popular video game series.


You can check out our experience at the Hollywood version of this attraction at the link below!

To see photos and videos of what it’s like to ride Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, click HERE!


We’ve been keeping an eye on the Donkey Kong coaster being built for the land, the construction of which can be seen from high in the sky around the park.


This is similar to the Donkey Kong coaster being built for Universal Studios Japan. That one has the same name — Mine-Cart Madness. The Japan version is set to open in 2024.


This “boom coaster” style ride will feature the illusion of jumping over sections of missing and broken tracks.


Construction photos seemed to reveal that a Yoshi’s Adventure attraction is being constructed for Epic Universe, and now we know for sure!


This is a slow-moving family omnimover ride that takes guests around the land’s second level in ride vehicles shaped like Yoshi.

Character Meet-and-Greets

You’ll have the chance to meet characters and snap pictures with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. The lines for some of these could get long, so just prepare for that!

The Duo!

Still, the lines might be worth it to snap a photo with that iconic duo.

Click here for more details about the character meet-and-greets!

Other Experiences

Guests will also be able to experience the various interactive elements we’ve seen in other versions of Super Nintendo World. These elements let guests collect coins, unlock special areas, and compete in various other mini-games featuring Nintendo and Mario characters including Koopa Troopa, a Piranha Plant, a Goomba, Thwomp, Bob-Omb, and  Bowser Jr. All of this is accessible with the use of a Power-Up Band accessory.


WHEW! Sounds like we’ll have quite a bit to do over in Super Nintendo World at Epic Universe.


Universal has just released concept art and new details about Super Nintendo World, including all the new restaurants we’ll be able to experience in the land! We suspected that Toadstool Cafe would come to this land like its Hollywood counterpart, and now we officially know! Check out all the details below.

Toadstool Cafe at Universal Hollywood
  • Toadstool Cafe: At Toadstool Cafe, guests can enjoy a variety of tasty dishes inspired by the world of Super Mario and its characters, including Mario and Luigi-themed burgers, Super Mushroom Soup, Piranha Plant Caprese, Fire Flower Spaghetti and Meatballs and so much more. Guests will also get glimpses of several Toads cooking up culinary creations through various virtual windows as they dine inside the restaurant.

Check out our review of Toadstool Cafe at Universal Studios Hollywood here!

  • Yoshi’s Snack Island and Turbo Boost Treats: Guests can also pick up delicious treats, snacks, and beverages at these walk-up dining locations.

We can’t wait to check out the new Toadstool Cafe, Yoshi’s Snack Island, and Turbo Boost Treats when they officially open at Universal’s Epic Universe in 2025!


Universal revealed the names of the shops you’ll find in Super Nintendo World, where you can buy all kinds of cool Nintendo merchandise. Get ready to drop some coins at the 1-UP Factory and Mario Motors, which will feature all kinds of exclusive souvenirs, apparel, and toys.

The StoreThis is your go-to for all things Mario, including shirts…

character plushes…headbands…


…and more!


There’s a lot to check out here so be sure to take your time to explore it all.

Click here for our full post about the merchandise in Super Nintendo World!


Beyond, Super Nintendo World, Universal confirmed in early 2024 – following years of speculation – what other lands would make up the park. These include a new expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that merges elements of the original and Fantastic Beasts films, and lands based on How to Train Your Dragon and Universal’s Dark Universe of  famous monsters, all surrounding the central Celestial Park land.

Universal Orlando Universal’s Epic Universe Map ©Universal/Comcast

Celestial Park

The second Epic Universe land to have the majority of its details revealed is Celestial Park, the massive and lush literal parkland that will make up the entrance place and centerpiece hub of the park.

The Entrance to Epic Universe

While Celestial Park itself is themed to any specific IP, that doesn’t mean the land will be devoid of attractions. In fact, it’s going to be home to two of Epic Universe’s main rides. 

Starfall Racers

The first, and arguably the main attraction of the entire park, is the Starfall Racers roller coaster.  The massive, 133 foot tall dueling coaster themed to traveling through space is going to feature several thrilling elements including a 62-mile-per-hour launch and a maneuver known as the “Celestial Spin” which will “Celestial Spin,” which will see the two dueling coaster vehicles perform an “inverted crisscross” around each other. 

The Constellation Carousel

The area will also feature the massive Constellation Carousel, which will allow riders the opportunity to “whirl aboard constellations that glide forward, backward – and even make 360-degree rotations – through the milky way in a choreographed dance of music and starlight.”

Celestial Park statue work and greenery

In addition to these attractions, Celestial Park will also feature a massive water play area, several restaurants – including the Atlantic and Blue Dragon, and a Super Nintendo Store amongst its lush gardens. 


How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk

In March of 2024, Universal released official details on Epic Universe’s How to Train Your Dragon land, Isle of Berk

Universal’s official description of the land describes it in-part as an authentic re-creation of the rugged, rocky world where raucous Vikings and rambunctious dragons live together in hilarious harmony. Guests visiting Berk will encounter one of the most breathtaking environments Universal has ever created – complete with immense architecture featuring hand-carved details, lush landscaping, and extraordinary heights of rolling hills surrounding vibrant dragon houses and local establishments. And everywhere guests look within the bustling village, they’ll find endless activity – from active dragons in their natural habitats and sheep attempting to disguise themselves as Terrible Terror dragons to sporadic bouts of fire – making Isle of Berk an attraction unto itself.”


Attractions for the land include Hiccup’s Wing Glider, a family launch coaster that Universal proclaimed, “launches aspiring Dragon Riders into the air, swooping and soaring and encountering Hiccup and Toothless along the way. Get ready to board Hiccup’s Wing Gliders, a fun coaster that invites Vikings to prove they’re brave enough to speed through the sky with dragons.”


Next up is the Fire Drill boat ride, which Universal says sends riders into a “watery, interactive boat battle at sea. Board your ship in Fyre Drill and blast your water cannons at flame-like targets – and the occupants of every other boat – to out-soak other Vikings.”


Finally, there’s Dragon Racer’s Rally, a spinner attraction that will allow “new Vikings to practice aerobatic maneuvers and high-speed barrel rolls on a Viking-made dragon-riding trainer. You’ll need these high-flying, gravity-defying, swooping and soaring skills if you hope to become a champion dragon racer.”


Beyond these rides, the land will also feature a massive stage show – similar to one already in Universal Studios Singapore, meet and greets with numerous characters (including life size dragons), a water play area, and several restaurants including the massive Mead Hall, which universal describes as “Berk’s main gathering place, a grand chamber hewn from mountain rock where Vikings feast on a hearty menu including meat, fish, sandwiches and desserts. Beverages include assorted meads, ciders and ales.”

Dark Universe

Arguably the second-most-anticipated land coming to Epic Universe – arguably tied with Super Nintendo World to many – is one die hard Universal fans have been salivating over for decades.

Dark Universe Portal – Universal

The Dark Universe land will feature a cavalcade of the famous Universal Monsters, including Dracula, and Wolf Man, and Frankenstein.

Universal’s current official synopsis of the land reads “From the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein to a shadowy landscape where monsters roam, Dark Universe is a world of myth and mystery.” However, when looking over concept art and construction photos, we can piece together many details about the upcoming land.

Classic Monsters land concept art

Dark Universe will be made up of a European village – similar to those seen in many of Universal’s monster films. The land’s premiere attraction will be a massive drag ride rumored to be titled Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment.

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Set within facade of the manor of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein – an original character created for the land – the attraction is rumored to be a technological powerhouse on-par with some of the best in world, and feature close encounters with many of the company’s aforementioned most famous monsters.

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The land will also feature a secondary attraction, a family-style Mack spinning coaster known as Curse of the Werewolf. Allegedly, the ride will be themed as a way of allowing riders to experience what the titular character experiences when transforming.

In addition to these two attractions, the land will feature the expected themed shops and restaurants,  including The Burning Blade Tavern, which is themed to one of the most famous scenes from Universal’s version. of Frankenstein.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic

Wizarding World Portal

According to Universal, this latest Potter themed land will blend “1920s wizarding Paris from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts films with the iconic British Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series.”

The land’s centerpiece will be a massive dark ride – Harry Potter and the Battle at the Ministry – which will allow guests to travel via the “floo network” from Paris to London and plunge them into a battle raging through the British Ministry offices. The land will also feature the Le Cirque Arcanus, a stage show based around the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Once we know more about what’s coming to these sections, we’ll update this guide with everything you need to know and how to plan your day to experience all that Epic Universe has to offer! We’ll dive into attractions, dining, characters, and MORE!

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