Rumors swirl about Universal Orlando’s new Epic Universe theme park

The short list of reasons to visit Florida is growing ever so slightly.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Universal Orlando announced the development of a new Orlando theme park, Epic Universe.

The group, which owns two Orlando theme parks — Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure — were tight-lipped about plans for the new park, Attractions Magazine reports. But reps promised that it would be the company’s “most immersive and innovative” yet, and roller-coaster fanatics have some hopes and guesses.

One rumor is that the park will include a Harry Potter attraction. In early June, Universal trademarked the phrase “Fantastic Worlds,” which Potterheads think is a reference to J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” franchise. (The latest flick in the series, “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald,” came out in Nov. 2018.)

Another is that the park might cater to gamers, since Nintendo announced today that Japan’s getting a Super Nintendo World next year, in time for the 2020 Olympics.

Epic Universe will be located on a 750-acre site, a short drive from Universal’s other parks, and will add 14,000 employees to Universal Orlando’s current staff of 25,000.

No word yet as to whether childless millennials will be any more welcome here than they are at Disney World.


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