Universal's Epic Universe, now under construction near the Orange County Convention Center, four miles south of its current parks.The Universal Orlando Resort is getting bigger. As expected, the resort announced today plans for its next theme park,
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts made the announcement from the top floor of the convention center, overlooking the construction site. He was joined by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Universal Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Williams for the announcement press conference.
Universal's fourth gate promises to be the first major theme park (potential top 20 attendance) built in the United States since Disney California Adventure in 2001. It will occupy several hundred acres that Universal has reclaimed over the past decade to create its new south campus.
"Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall," Roberts said. "It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida."
"We look forward to the new level of entertainment and innovation Universal’s Epic Universe will bring to one of our state’s most important industries," Governor DeSantis said. "We look forward to Universal’s continued contribution to our state’s economic growth and development. And we are especially grateful for Universal’s partnership in improving Shingle Creek, which plays a critical role in serving the Everglades."
Deming also noted that Universal is contributing $160 million toward expanding Kirkman Road south to Universal Boulevard, to help traffic flow into the new property. No one provided any other information today about transportation to and from the property.
To staff Epic Universe and its associated entertainment center, hotels, shops, and restaurants, Universal Orlando will add 14,000 team members to its current 25,000, Williams said. And the new starting wage for Universal team members when Epic Universe opens will be $15 an hour, he said.
As for that opening date, Williams declined to provide one... or even identify which IP Universal would feature in the new park.
"We are all battling for the time of visiting guests to come to our location," Williams said. "And to, frankly, share the details of what we have in mind with the competition is something that we have no interest in doing.
"I can guarantee you that it is going to be epic. And the last that I heard, a universe is a little bit bigger than a world."Tweet
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