Universal Epic Universe Teases Horrifying New Attraction - Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment

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Universal Epic Universe  - Dark Universe concept art
Posted: Thursday June 20, 2024 11:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Universal Orlando Resort has released new details of the spine-chilling realm of its new Dark Universe in 2025, one of five worlds within the highly anticipated Universal Epic Universe.

Created by the Universal Creative team in partnership with Universal Pictures, Dark Universe blends the iconic stories of unearthly legends like Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein and more with a new generation of monsters and characters, including Dr. Victoria Frankenstein – the great-great-granddaughter of the infamous Henry Frankenstein who has continued his misguided experiments. As guests venture through Darkmoor – the ravaged village within Dark Universe – they’ll encounter the characters and subjects of those experiments within a first-of-its-kind theme park environment that offers family-friendly fun while also pushing the boundaries on intensity.


The journey to Dark Universe begins the moment guests enter its electrifying portal, which harnesses the dark energy of Darkmoor. As guests step foot inside, that same energy will pulsate throughout the entire village and connect at the top of Frankenstein Manor – the towering focal point of Dark Universe. Nestled within the blackened stone walls of the town, guests will embark on unique adventures where they can get made up to look like their favorite monsters, spin through the woods aboard a thrilling family coaster, enjoy unique dining establishments, enter Frankenstein Manor to brave Universal Orlando’s most chilling ride ever, and more.

Here’s more information about the thrilling yet unsettling attractions and entertainment experiences that await visitors to Dark Universe:

Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment – Universal Orlando’s most terrifying attraction yet, this dark ride takes guests deep into the catacombs of Frankenstein Manor, where Dr. Victoria Frankenstein conducts her twisted experiments. In a vain display of her genius, she invites guests into her laboratory to witness a demonstration of her ability to control monsters – but her plans go awry when her attempts to control the most dangerous of monsters, Dracula, fails, unleashing a horde of enraged monsters. Guests are then thrust into an intense ride through the darkness as they try to evade the grasps of The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Brides of Dracula and others.


Curse of the Werewolf – Deep in the woods that sit on the edge of Darkmoor, guests will find Curse of the Werewolf, a spinning family coaster inspired by “The Wolf Man.” Guests will enter the encampment of The Guild of Mystics where they’ll be greeted by the Maleva, the guild’s all-knowing seer and leader, who warns them that they bear the mark of the werewolf. Guests then board a wagon and venture into the forest – racing to escape the werewolves before they become one themselves.

Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience – Guests of all ages can become fashionably monstrous as they don elaborate face paint and temporary tattoos at Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience. Here, monster makers have converted Dr. Pretorius’ infamous old lab into a parlor to continue the spirit of his demented experiments, and skilled artisans use their talents to transform guests’ outer appearances so they can showcase their fandom for the Universal Monsters.

Meet the Monsters – There’s always someone…or something…looming in the shadows of Dark Universe – including Monsters who are eager to meet and greet everyone from kids to adults, including Dr. Victoria Frankenstein’s Monster and the alluring Bride of Frankenstein. Guests will also encounter other unusual inhabitants roaming the eerie village, including Victoria Frankenstein’s servant, Ygor, The Invisible Man, an eccentric monster hunter, and a talented musician who regales guests with songs and tales of the classic Universal Monsters stories.

Das Stakehaus – Darkmoor’s most ominous restaurant, this establishment is a dining hall run by vampire “familiars” who size up unsuspecting patrons to be part of the vampires’ feast. Surrounded by artwork and artifacts detailing the history of the village’s creatures of the night, guests can enjoy a menu of kebabs, burgers, sandwiches and more.

The Burning Blade Tavern – Despite the blades of the windmill still smoldering and flaming periodically, Darkmoor’s monster hunters have transformed this old fiery mill into their favorite hangout. While enjoying a menu of burgers, wings, bratwurst, pretzels and specialty beverages, guests will hear stories of the infamous “Hounds” – boastful hunters from beyond Darkmoor – all while surrounded by an impressive display of the monster heads they consider their “trophies.”

De Lacey’s Cottage – Near Frankenstein Manor sits De Lacey’s Cottage food stand, where the original Frankenstein’s Monster once received sustenance and friendship. Here, guests can find a variety of snacks and cool treats like cinnamon bread, ice cream, twisted taters and more.

Guests can take home a piece of the immortal world of Dark Universe with commemorative merchandise and mementos from retail locations like Pretorius’ Scientific Oddities.

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MisterPenguin1 day ago

With a deal?! Using Disney fan logic, offering a deal means no one's going to Uni, their parks are empty, and their hotel rooms are empty.

ToTBellHop2 days ago

Packages are now released (with a deal, no less) through April 30, 2025, so we know it’s not opening earlier than that now. I’m guessing May 2025 is the current target.

maxairmike2 days ago

I share that concern, but I think that once they get the beams down around the whole circle, that’s when it will likely seem to move faster.

Andrew252 days ago

Park is looking fantastic. The one thing I'm having trouble picturing being complete in less than a year is that "round a bout" in the sky between Stella/Terra resorts. Pretty crucial for that to open to prevent massive bottlenecks in the area.

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial photo of the front of Epic Universe. First thing guests will see after the portal is Luna Overlook. A view over a cascading water feature and through the length of the park to Helios Grand Hotel. Aerial photo of work in progress at the Untrainable Dragon theater, and as seen in the Epic Universe Preview Center concept model. Aerial photo of Celestial Park areas near Meteor Astropub in Epic Universe.

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Collected a glimpse of all four Epic Universe roller coasters in aerial photos on July 12. • Stardust Racers• Curse of the Werewolf• Donkey Kong Mine Cart Madness• Hiccup's Winged Gliders (in first post of this Thread) Arrow in this aerial photo at a cylindrical frame that will be raised to a tower as a themed distant turret of Sacré-Cœur. A 3D background element of the Paris streets in the Harry Potter world in Epic Universe. Aerial photo of Terra Luna and Stella Nova resorts at Epic Universe. Aerial photo of a themed billboard above the full size streets of Paris in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Epic Universe. 800461 Aerial look at work so far for the red tented entrance to the theater show in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Epic Universe. Exit from the theater through the facade at arrow.Portal to this world of full-size Paris buildings is out of frame at left. 800462 An edge-on aerial view of Helios Grand Hotel in Epic Universe.At base of the large dome, at right, is side view of a sunburst element. At center of it is a white sphere, facing the park and the rooftop lounge. 800463 Aerial photo of cascading water features next to Atlantic restaurant in Epic Universe. 800464 Aerial photo of the many trees surrounding Oak & Star Tavern in Epic Universe. Some are also backdrop of Dark Universe. 800465

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial photo of Celestial Park just outside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In Epic Universe. Aerial photo showing that although Helios Grand Hotel is adjacent The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the much taller resort tower won't be seen from inside the full size streets of Paris.Look close top right. Billboard.In Epic Universe. Aerial overview of the portal area of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Epic Universe.Arrow where a roof is being added to a octagon structure at the exit from the world. A similar octagon is at the exit of Dark Universe. Aerial photo with much of the Harry Potter world in Epic Universe covered in scaffolding to complete theming of the facades. Aerial photo of a train for Hiccup's Winged Gliders in The Isle of Berk at Epic Universe. At left in this aerial photo are expansion pads of Epic Universe. 800452 Aerial look at construction of Helios Grand Hotel. The in-park resort of Epic Universe.In foreground is development of Celestial Park. At left is Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant. 800453 Aerial photo of Epic Universe Jul 12, 2024• Top dome of Constellation Carousel in place• Red tent theater entrance in progress in the Harry Potter world• Signage for Yoshi's Adventure, Curse of the Werewolf, and more• Trains/cars seen at all 4 roller coasters 800454 Aerial photo of Stella Nova resort at Epic Universe.Note the patterned roadway and traffic circle. 800455

BrianLo3 days ago

Agree. Which looks ok on spec, until you are faced with the 7-day ticket package you actually want is 748$. I think Uni can play as a seven day destination now, but it requires Volcano Bay (which still the majority of guests don’t visit) and requires more than one day access to Epic. I know others will tell me otherwise and that’s ok. I personally think 6 days will also still be more than enough for me, even with unlimited future Epic access - so 7 is meeting in the middle for the average slower trodding guest won’t be super bored.

lewisc3 days ago

EPIC pricing for an EPIC park. Out of thin air pricing $199.99 1 day ticket $399 2 day ticket with 2 bonus days, other 3 parks. $549 for a 3 day EPIC ticket with 4 bonus days at 3 other parks

JoeCamel3 days ago

Frankly if I wanted the best experience in the new park I wouldn't even go the first year. Let them work the bugs out and settle the crowds a bit then I can be served an OPs team that is expert rather than new in their roles and crowds just not stupid crowds. Let the GP fight to be in the door first and it will be a better experience (and maybe cheaper) after a year.

lewisc3 days ago

Fortunately lines at F&F tend to be short. The whole attraction seems like an expensive photo op.

MisterPenguin3 days ago

And your EU ticket doesn't become valid until you ride F&F.

SplashJacket3 days ago

They’re not trying to dissuade visits to Epic. They’re trying to limit attendance cannibalism.

Gusey4 days ago

We're supposed to be find out more about the Wizarding World by the end of this month (Harry's birthday is July 31), so I won't be surprised if we find out an opening date after that announcement