It seems Epic Universe is coming a bit sooner than we thought. Recently, during the virtual Credit Suisse Communications Conference, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell shared details of the upcoming expansion and indicated that it would be coming soon.
Previously we had heard that the opening of Epic Universe would be pushed back from 2023 to 2025, due to the delays caused by the pandemic. However it sounds like we could see it open earlier than 2025 by the announcement of “a couple of years.”
As part of his presentation he also let those in attendance know that with Epic Universe is confirmed to have Super Nintendo World, and attractions based on IP from Illumination and Dreamworks Animation.
Illumination has created “The Secret Life of Pets” and Despicable Me franchises. Universal parks have already been putting out attractions based on those. Dreamworks of course has “How to Train Your Dragon” and there have been many rumors on an area in the new expansion themed to that title.
Shell gave us that confirmation by saying:
“It’ll be anchored by a lot of our strong IP, including some of the Illumination and DreamWorks content, but especially Nintendo.”
The announcement gave confirmation of the projects, but they were things most people already knew about.
Of course Super Nintendo World is an anchor of the park. It has already opened in Universal Japan and it’s currently under construction in Universal Studios Hollywood.
Since the new area will practically double the size of the theme park, Universal is hoping that it can become a week-long destination for guests like Walt Disney World.
Another interesting point is how NBCUniversal is not just thinking about the theme parks but how they can tap into other resources in the area. Shell brought up that with the new area they are very close to the Orange County Convention Center and they could potentially bring in more of the convention traffic to boost business for the theme park.
Here’s what he said:
“I think we have a unique opportunity to tap into the convention business. For people who are going to the convention and want to have an event across the street at the park and do different things, I think that’s going to give us a unique opportunity to play with the pricing a little bit and get even more demand for people.”
It’s a valid thought. If a guest is visiting for a work related convention, and doesn’t have the time to call and Uber and drive to another location, they could potentially reconsider if it was very close to their location.
The new expansion is set to bring thousands of jobs to the Orlando area, and with all the demand and large crowds returning to the parks, it would be a great idea to add a new park to meet demand.
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Source: My News 13
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