Universal Confirms Opening Date of Epic Universe Theme Park

Epic Universe Park Opening
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Disney World’s biggest rival shared more details on its new Theme Park and confirmed when fans would be able to experience it.

Over the past three years, Universal Orlando Resort has been constructing this third and largest Theme Park, Epic Universe, and NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell confirmed that it was on track to be completed by the Summer of 2025.

Universal's Epic Universe

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“I don’t think we’ve said the exact date that we’re opening in, but we will have an impact in ’25. It will open in time for the summer of ’25,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said.

“Everything’s right on track with Epic,” he added. “I’m feeling good about it.”

This latest shot at winning attention from Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom was supposed to be opening next year, but construction has been delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic. There has been a lot of speculation and excitement surrounding the new Park, which is speculated to include yet another land dedicated to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, classic monsters, and Super Nintendo World.

Epic Universe

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There are still a lot of unknowns, though, including how Guests will be able to get from Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure to the new Park, which is situated farther away.

2022 has delivered Universal a good deal of relative success compared to Disney World, as The Most Magical Place On Earth has struggled with rising costs, Guest satisfaction, and overall experience. The marque attraction TRON: Lightcycle Power Run is still incomplete after construction began, even before Universal began construction on Epic Universe.

Walt Disney Imagineers teased massive Disney Parks expansions for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the 2022 D23 Expo, but those plans remain relatively “Blue Sky” plans with no official date of any concrete plans going into effect.

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We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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