Universal’s newest theme park will be opening in Orlando in 2025, and we are devouring all of the details we can in anticipation of its debut.
Epic Universe — the upcoming, high-tech theme park that has us on the edge of our seats — will be the first new from-the-ground-up theme park in the area in 25 years. While little has been officially confirmed, we have been analyzing what we do know to predict how this park will be different from Universal’s current parks — come take a look!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBCUniversal’s CEO of Universal Destinations & Experiences — Mark Woodbury — has shared new details about this upcoming theme park. Woodbury revealed that the new park is the “most technologically advanced park” yet for Universal. So, what kind of advanced technology will they utilize when it opens?
For one, they will use “facial recognition, photo validation technology” so that guests can have a “frictionless experience” in the parks. While we don’t have details about how they will use this technology exactly, it is a big step forward from what we are seeing in the parks today.
New technology is also going to help the park run smoothly in another way. Given the popularity of Universal’s current attractions, like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Super Nintendo World, Epic Universe will have their work cut out for them when it comes to handling demand.
However, according to Woodbury, they have new technology that they’re “deploying in terms of managing ticketing, revenue, and revenue management across each of these platforms.”
Overall, this park is expected to be the most advanced out of all the Universal parks, which “speaks to both the attractions themselves, the next generation of robotics drone technology, all the way through to the guest experience.”
With this new park, Universal is hoping to extend the amount of time that guests stay in the area. Currently, a three-day vacation is pretty typical for those heading to Universal Orlando, but with Epic Universe, the company is trying to expand that to a full week.
With this new park, Universal is adding 2,000 more hotel rooms. While they have yet to confirm details about these hotels, trademarks were filed that have given us some clues as to what they could be like.
“Universal’s Helios Grand Hotel,” “Universal Stella Nova Resort,” and “Universal Terra Luna Resort” are possible additions we could expect to pop up, and according to Woodbury, the park will have “unprecedented” hotel integration into the park experience.
Epic Universe will also be different than what we’ve seen at other Universal properties because it will utilize the hub-and-spoke layout that was made popular by Disney. But here, it could be even more immersive than what we’ve seen before.
For example, the current Wizarding World of Harry Potter is isolated from the rest of the park in a really immersive way, but it’s just one section of the park. Based on the concept art of Epic Universe, the four lands that radiate from the central hub will be more segmented in a way that could really draw the guests in more fully.
Lastly, while only one of the four park’s lands has been officially confirmed — Super Nintendo Land — we do have some details about what else we might expect, and they’re pretty unique! For example, the rumored Universal Monsters land would be a new experience than what we’ve seen before.
Universal Monsters (the studio’s interpretations of literary monsters including Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon) have popped up across the parks here and there, but this would be the first time that Universal gave them a dedicated land of their own.
Another rumored land, dedicated to How to Train Your Dragon, would be the first area of a Universal park where we get to fully immerse ourselves in that IP. Even Nintendo Land, which already has predecessors in Japan and Hollywood, “will have a bigger footprint in Florida than it does in Japan and in Hollywood.”
So, Epic Universe will be quite a change from what we’re used to! We’ll continue to look for updates on this new park, so stay tuned to AllEars for more.
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