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  1. CarlySX is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Epic Universe layout over aerial photo.



    Updated version, thanks to scottwalker88 and AliciaStella, I've included the spots for two resort hotels. Kirkman road extension will start construction here and move north. Parking Lot could be up to 130Acres (Islands of Adventure is 90Acres remember)
    Source: https://twitter.com/tommyhawkins/status/1370570704295460869

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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    The Orlando Sentinel claims "Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Universal recently told him the park’s grand opening is planned for early 2025"

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-bz-universal-epic-universe-construction-20210303-ti4f3dednnczfknphsenndwkjm-story.html
    Which is good because the extension of S Kirkman Road, which is being done to make transport between the park and the main resort easier, was planned to be finished in 2025

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Themeparkmad View Post
    Is there any news on whether opening will be delayed until 2025?
    The Orlando Sentinel claims "Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Universal recently told him the park’s grand opening is planned for early 2025"

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-bz-universal-epic-universe-construction-20210303-ti4f3dednnczfknphsenndwkjm-story.html

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    Is there any news on whether opening will be delayed until 2025?

  6. Epic Universe has been announced to be continuing construction: Effective immediately.

    ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2021) – Work is resuming on Universal Orlando Resort’s Epic Universe – the widely anticipated theme park that will create an entirely new level of theme park entertainment.

    Work on Epic Universe paused in July 2020, as the company adjusted plans in the midst of the pandemic. The restart will begin immediately – but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal re-staffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.

    Restarting Epic Universe will result in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands of jobs across Central Florida. These positions include highly skilled professional positions, all levels of construction jobs and beyond.

    The Epic Universe project will infuse billions of dollars into the Florida economy – and also create more than 14,000 permanent jobs in addition to the thousands of jobs that will be created during its development.

    “The restart of construction of Epic Universe is a terrific moment for our employees and for our theme park business in Florida,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. “It is our single-largest investment in the state and represents our enthusiasm for the spectacular park and the economic opportunities it will generate.”

    “We are excited to begin work on Epic Universe again and for what this moment means for our industry, our community, our business and our team members,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”

    “The resumption of the Epic Universe project couldn’t come at a better time,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Our community has so many talented workers who will benefit from this massive project. I am confident it will deliver a huge economic boost to Orange County.”

    Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. It will be located on a 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida. It will be located a few miles from Universal Orlando’s current theme parks in Southwest Orange County – specifically, south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.

    “Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” Mr. Williams said at the time the project was announced. “It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created.”
    https://media.universalorlando.com/press-releases/work-resumes-on-epic-universe/

  7. I heard that work has started on the Kirkman Extension that is connected to the new theme park. So is that a sign that contruction is resuming?

  8. You are absolutely right about the attendance declining and spending going up. That is absolutely Disney's plan. This however is not the case for Universal. Disney has a much more comprehensive suite of parks to go to. You can easily stay at Disney for a whole week and go to a different park each day. With Universal, there are only three, so it's more like a weekend destination. Because of that fact, it is imperative for them to come up with another park. They need it to become a week long destination, not a weekend.

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