Universal Orlando Resort to build new theme park in Florida, US
August 04, 2019 – Universal Orlando Resort has announced plans to build a new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, in Florida, US, to create a new level of experience that changes theme park entertainment.
The new theme park will be located within a 750-acre site, nearly doubling its total available acreage in central Florida. It will feature an entertainment centre, hotels, shops, restaurants and more.
The theme park will be located a few miles from the existing resort in Southwest Orange County. Specifically, it will be south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.
Comcast Corporation chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said: “Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBC Universal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall.
“It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”
Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams said: “Our vision for Epic Universe is historic. It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created. It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community.”
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings stated that Universal is investing in the Kirkman Road extension, a 50:50 public-private partnership, in which the company is investing $160m (£132m). The investment will extend into the area where the new theme park will be located.
Demings said: “The investment Universal is making in our community and the benefit all of us will see is substantial. This will benefit nearly every segment of our economy – from tourism to high-tech.
“The Kirkman extension will improve transportation through a busy and growing portion of our county and open up the entire area for additional development – including an important expansion of our Convention Center.”