Universal Epic Universe: Everything You Need To Know

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There’s a new theme park coming soon to Orlando and it will be epic! Whether you’ve kept up with every update or this is the first time you’ve heard about Universal Epic Universe, we’re here to provide you with all the information we know. 


The Creation Of Epic Universe


Epic Universe, the 4th theme park by Universal, was announced in August 2019. Initially, it was set to open in 2023, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed construction. The opening date is now confirmed for summer 2025. Originally, the park was planned for 700 acres, but Universal has since announced an additional 1,300 acres for the project.


Changes To Orlando


To combat the anticipated increase in traffic, Universal is expanding roadways and creating new traffic flows on Kirkman Road. Plans also include building a new Sunrail station to connect the park and Orange County Convention Center to the Orlando International Airport. The new station will be right next to us here at Vista Cay! 


Sections Of The Park


The layout of Epic Universe will consist of five main areas. The entrance and main section of the park are called Celestial Park.  From there, guests can explore four different "portals," each leading to a unique world: Super Nintendo World, How to Train Your Dragon: Isle of Berk, Dark Universe, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic.


Celestial Park


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Celestial Park is the main hub of Epic Universe. Here, guests can find the portals to other worlds, view the Grand Helios Hotel, and experience the thrills of cosmic-themed rides. Here are some of the rides, dining, and shopping experiences we know about so far:


Stardust Racers

Stardust Racers is a dual-launch coaster that will launch two comet-themed cars simultaneously that race around each other. This thrilling ride will reach speeds of 62 mph and heights of 133 ft. Check out the recent test footage here!


Constellation Carousel

Kids and stargazers alike will love the Constellation Carousel with constellation-themed animals twirling around the cosmos. We highly recommend looking up and seeing the ceiling rotating through star patterns. 


The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant

When you step inside The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant, you’ll instantly be transported to a bustling courtyard where it’s always evening and illuminated by neon lights and lanterns. This restaurant will serve Japanese, Chinese and Thai Cuisine. 


Super Nintendo World


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Embark through the Super Nintendo World portal and find yourself in the Mushroom Kingdom and Donkey Kong Country. This fully immersive area will feature exhilarating rides and interactive challenges with the Power-Up Band. Collect coins and keep track of your scores to win challenges.

Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge

This interactive ride combines 3D and 4D elements, allowing you to race against Bowser alongside Mario and his friends. You’ll need to collect coins and throw shells to change the race’s outcome!


Mine-Cart Madness™

This Donkey Kong-themed thrill ride races through the jungle in minecarts. Beware! There are holes in the track where you’ll seemingly fly off the tracks. See the behind-the-scenes of how this illusion works here!


Toadstool Cafe™

When you’ve had your fill of rides, head to the Toadstool Cafe and watch Chef Toad cook delicious dishes. 


How To Train Your Dragon: Isle of Berk


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Ever dream of taming your own dragon? Then you must visit the Isle of Berk and make those dreams a reality. Meet your favorite Vikings, discover 17 unique dragon species from How To Train Your Dragon, and witness the breathtaking views of Berk. 


Hiccup's Wing Gliders

Hiccup's Wing Gliders, an invention of Hiccup himself, allows Vikings to take flight and prove their bravery, racing through the air accompanied by dragons.


The Untrainable Dragon 

Join Hiccup, Toothless, and Astrid in this action and comedy performance as they work to solve the mystery of a new dragon on Berk that seems to be untrainable. This performance will be suitable for all ages, but parents be advised about sudden lighting effects and performers at close proximities.


Fyre Drill

Team up with your favorite Viking twins, Ruffnut and Tuffnut, and put out fires from dragons. Parents and kids alike will have a blast shooting water cannons with a range of 28ft at targets as this ride floats down a river. 


Dark Universe


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Fans of monsters and mystery embark on the world of Dark Universe where the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein and Classic Monsters roam free in this dark landscape. 

Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment

Are you prepared to escape the clutches of Victoria Frankenstein's monsters? This thrill ride will take guests into the basement of the Frankenstein family manor as the latest experiment goes awry.


Curse of the Werewolf

On this ride, you’ll speed through the dark woods in an attempt to flee werewolves. With over two minutes of ride time, you’ll narrowly avoid their claws and fangs.


Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience

If transforming into a monster, yourself, is more your style, be sure to check out this unique experience. Award-winning makeup and special effects artists will be ready to unleash your inner monster, whether it’s a vampire, mummy, werewolf, or something else terrifying!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Ministry of Magic


Return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter from 1920s Paris to the 1990s British Ministry. Stay tuned! Universal will be releasing more details about this park soon.

For more information and 3D explorations of Universal Epic Universe, be sure to check out their website here. While we eagerly await the opening date, be sure to also check out everything else we offer here in Orlando! Vista Cay is centrally located and close to any theme park or attractions you are interested in.