There is a push for the new train line that is coming through South Florida to Orlando to make a stop at the new Epic Universe as well, connecting more and more residents in the southern part of the state to the resort than ever before. And, going by the released concept art, this new park will feature the previously announced Super Nintendo World.
"Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the ultimate destination", the company said in a statement.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Universal's Epic Universe is already under construction on a 750-acre site "a few miles away" from Universal Orlando Resort but "within sight of the convention center".
"Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall", said Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.
During the press conference announcing Epic Universe, Company officials stated that the new park could be the company's largest investment ever and has the potential to be the state's most expensive theme park ever.
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A map posted to Twitter shows that Universal's fourth park is southeast of existing attractions like Universal Studios, the Hard Rock Hotel and Island of Adventure.
Mayor Demings also spotlighted Universal's role in the Kirkman Road extension. In early June, Universal trademarked the phrase "Fantastic Worlds", which Potterheads think is a reference to J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" franchise.
We had hoped that Universal would also announce a project now underway at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
That seems more than a little inconvenient, but maybe Epic Universe will offer up some thrilling attractions that will be too enticing for people to ignore. We won't have to wait long to find out if this inside info is true! The 50-50 public-private partnership has Universal investing $160 million to extend Kirkman into the area where the new park will be located.
An economic impact study for Universal conducted by University of Central Florida economic professor Sean Snaith found that Universal's combined direct and indirect economic benefit to the Florida economy since Universal Studios opened in 1990 is $73 billion.
Here's the official concept art.