Universal Orlando's new theme park likely won't open for several years, but the resort is already firing up its first ride — the Hype Train.
Check out the tweet that Universal dropped this morning.
This is kind of a big deal. pic.twitter.com/boxonV1uJF— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) July 29, 2019
Is that a hint about the park's new name? And might that name turn out to be something other than what many fans have expected?
Universal revealed the "Universal's Fantastic Worlds" name to Comcast team members late last year, but encountered opposition to its trademark application for "Fantastic Worlds" from Warner Bros., who objected that the name was a portmanteau of its "Fantastic Beasts" and "Wizarding World" trademarks. Remember that although Universal owns the theme park rights to those franchises, those are granted under license from Warner Bros., which retains the trademark ownership of their names.
The other potential park name that Universal registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year was "Universal's Epic Universe."
By highlighting the "Epic" in its teaser art today, is Universal setting us up for "Epic Universe" being the name of the new park? Universal Orlando is building its fourth gate on more than 500 acres northeast of the Orange County Convention Center, which just so happens to the be site of the press conference that Universal Orlando is hosting on Thursday morning to make this "epic" announcement.
The site plan for the new park includes a surface parking lot for more than 5,000 cars as well as an expansion of Kirkman Road south to Universal Boulevard. Universal has an abundance of IP available for us in the new park, including the Super Nintendo World that it's already announced for the Orlando resort and that is now under construction at Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Universal also is developing Universal Studios Beijing in China with that park on track for an early 2021 opening, according to construction reports. If you give Universal three to four years from announcement to opening to complete the new park in Orlando, that would put it in range to open somewhere between 2022 and 2023. But who knows? We will find out more Thursday morning.
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