New details have emerged (finally) about Universal’s Epic Universe! The Park will join the lineup at Universal Orlando Resort as their 4th park (they bill water park Volcano Bay as a theme park). NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell spoke about the new park during a question and answer session at UBS Global TMT Conference in New York City recently, saying that the park was right on track for a Summer 2025 opening.
That isn’t the most interesting part of the question-and-answer session, though. Universal has been very tight-lipped about the new park… aside from an all but confirmed Super Nintendo World and “blue sky” concept art, little is known about Epic Universe. However, Shell gave one tantalizing tidbit: the park is apparently being built so that you can visit just one land and not the whole park. He explained, “It’s also very interesting that the park is very close to the convention center. An interesting experiment for us, we believe we can get the attendance we need just on the basis of the demand of the market, but it’s also going to be interesting to see as the convention business comes back, do we … the park is built so that you can come into one land and not the whole park. Are we going to get nighttime convention business? Which is kind of an interesting experiment for us.”
So if Shell said he envisions a park where evening guests could come in and only visit one land in the park without having to access the entire park, how would that work? We’ve been wondering this all day, but the concept art seems to provide answers. Take a look at the concept art:
The park is being built with a central hub and spoke design similar to Magic Kingdom. However, unlike Magic Kingdom, it’s heavily rumored that the central hub will not require a ticket to enter (much like CityWalk).
From there, you’ve got spokes going off into the different lands, and it would be entirely conceivable that each area would have its own entrance. Universal could sell single land tickets or whole park tickets, similar to their current park-to-park or single park ticket.
No lands have been confirmed yet (except Super Nintendo), but it is widely accepted that the remaining three lands will include Universal Classic Monsters and How to Train Your Dragon. Additionally, it is heavily rumored that the park will feature The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic or a Fantastic Beasts themed area. With those very niche themes, it’s easy to see how a “pay-per-land” concept could work.
Time will tell whether any of this comes to fruition or if we are pie-in-the-sky dreaming here. In the meantime, we can’t wait until Summer 2025 when the new park opens. It’s going to be, well… Epic!