Epic Universe will nearly double Universal's Orland footprint-it's almost as big as the current Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, hotels, and Citywalk shopping area-and will see 14,000 new employees hired to fill it.
"Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall", Roberts said in a press release.
Now, we know they were planning to announce Universal's Epic Universe.
"Our vision for Epic Universe is historic", Tom Williams, chairman and CEO for Universal Parks and Resorts, said in a statement. The company now contributes more than $302 million in annual state and local taxes - a number that will almost double when the new theme park opens.
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The long-rumored theme park is already under construction. The park will be a few miles away from the resort and located on a 750-acre site. You can see a Harry Potter-ish area in the upper right of the image, a possible Universal Monsters village in the upper left, what appears to be the layout of a Nintendo themed land on mid left (previous concept art for Nintendo showed a multi-tiered land), and a land featuring a large coaster on the mid right (which could be the expected How to Train Your Dragon themed area). Universal describes this new park as one that will introduce an "entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment". If things go well, Universal will green-light those projects and add them to the existing parks. "And we are especially grateful for Universal's partnership in improving Shingle Creek, which plays a critical role in serving the Everglades". Another Wizarding World of Harry Potter land - likely from the Fantastic Beasts series - has always been speculated.
Guests will reportedly be able to travel "beyond their wildest imagination" and into "beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination".
"The investment Universal is making in our community and the benefit all of us will see is substantial", said Mayor Demings.
Universal's announcement comes weeks ahead of the planned opening of a Star Wars land at rival Walt Disney World.