New Universal theme park to open in Orlando
by Laura Gelder
Universal Orlando Resort is building a fourth theme park - Universal’s Epic Universe – nearly doubling the space it owns in Central Florida.
The new theme park will be located on a 750-acre site a few miles from the existing resort in Southwest Orange County – east of Universal Boulevard.
The site will also feature an entertainment centre, hotels, shops and restaurants.
“Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Universal Parks & Resorts. “It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created.”
Universal’s Epic Universe promises to ‘take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands – and where that journey is as much a part of their adventure as the ultimate destination.’
The new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business.
Universal Orlando currently employees 25,000 people and will hire an additional 14,000 team members as part of Epic Universe. The company currently contributes more than $302 million in annual state and local taxes – a number that is expected to nearly double when the new theme park opens.