Universal Orlando reveals new details about 'How To Train Your Dragon - Isle Of Berk' coming to Epic Universe

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Universal Epic Universe concept art - How To Train Your Dragon - Isle of Berk
Posted: Thursday March 28, 2024 9:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Universal Orlando Resort has today unveiled the first details on a new land filled with Viking adventures in "How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk" – one of the five worlds featured at the all-new Universal Epic Universe theme park opening in 2025.

Universal says guests will experience what it's like to live amongst dragons as they explore a larger-than-life world based on DreamWorks Animation's multi-award-winning and Academy Award-nominated trilogy, "How to Train Your Dragon." The world includes exciting attractions, beloved character meet-and-greets, dining, shopping, and even flying dragons.

Developed in partnership between Universal Creative, DreamWorks Animation, and Universal Pictures, How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk recreates the rugged, rocky world where raucous Vikings and rambunctious dragons live together in hilarious harmony.

The company says that guests visiting Berk will encounter "one of the most breathtaking environments Universal has ever created – complete with immense architecture featuring hand-carved details, lush landscaping, and extraordinary heights of rolling hills surrounding vibrant dragon houses and local establishments."


Guests' first sight of Berk will be reminiscent of the iconic sweeping vista straight from the films – featuring a vast sparkling lagoon that boasts two 40-foot-tall Viking statues set against an energetic village perched above churning seas. Guests will discover four attractions, one live show, and several character and dragon meet-and-greet experiences that offer something for every member of the family, including:

Hiccup's Wing Gliders – On this family thrill coaster, Hiccup invites brave new Vikings to take a ride in his latest glider contraption – a winged flying machine that launches aspiring Dragon Riders into the sky for a dragon's eye view of Berk. Guests will fly alongside Hiccup and Toothless and reach speeds up to 45 mph as they soar around the perimeter of Berk – and even through the lagoon – while experiencing firsthand what it's like to fly on a dragon.

The Untrainable Dragon – Inspired by Universal Beijing Resort's wildly successful "Untrainable" show, this dragon-filled live spectacular takes guests on an unforgettable journey with beloved characters Hiccup, Toothless, Gobber, and Astrid as they work together to solve the mystery of The Untrainable Dragon. This heartwarming story comes to life with captivating musical numbers, breathtaking sets and life-sized dragons soaring overhead.

Fyre Drill – Mischievous Viking twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut invite teams of Vikings to compete to outscore and out-soak each other on this wet-and-wild boat battle. Guests will board a colorful dragon-headed boat and blast water cannons at flame-like targets to practice putting out fires – a crucial skill to master when living with dragons.

Dragon Racer's Rally – Berk's new Vikings racers can practice aerobatic maneuvers and high-speed barrel rolls on two Viking-made dragon-riding trainers that reach heights of up to 67 feet in the air. Guests can control how "wild" or "mild" their experience will be as they perform high-flying, gravity-defying, swooping and soaring skills that are necessary to earn the accolades worthy of a true champion dragon racer.

Viking Training Camp – Junior Vikings will learn everything they need to know about dragons as they climb, slide and explore their way through this sprawling interactive adventure play camp – featuring a Viking agility course, a Toothless-themed teeter-totter, baby Gronckle dragon climbers and so much more.

Meet Hiccup and Toothless – Guests can visit the Haddock Paddock for an incredible meet-and-greet experience with heroic Dragon Rider, Hiccup, and pose for a photo with his friendly Night Fury, Toothless. Plus, throughout the day, guests may also encounter other familiar Vikings and dragons while exploring Berk.

Guests can also dine and shop like Vikings in the world's variety of themed eateries and retail locations, including:

Mead Hall — The beating heart of Berk and the village's main gathering hall, Mead Hall is where guests can feast like a Viking and enjoy a savory menu featuring a variety of meats, fish, sandwiches and more along with a collection of meads and ciders.

Spit Fyre Grill — Overlooking the action of the Fyre Drill water attraction, Spit Fyre Grill is a quick-service dining location featuring delicious, hearty meals flame-seared by a helpful (unseen) dragon fry cook.

Hooligan's Grog & Gruel — Guests can grab quick bites at this festive racing-themed food stand located in the Viking Camp.

And after a day of dragon training, guests can commemorate their lessons with an array of merchandise available at highly-themed shops like Viking Traders, How to Treat Your Dragon, Hiccup's Work Shop, and Toothless' Treasures.

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Sorcerer Mickey1 day ago

The only official opening date is "2025". It's not opening before that.

Andrew251 day ago

Yeah, construction at this scale is always interesting. Monsters is getting its final concrete walkways in now, indicating no more "hard" construction in the land. Ministry is already seeing detailed signage/painting and HTTYD looks to be nearly done with rockwork. SNW surprisingly (especially the DK area) looks to be lagging behind a bit.

Disstevefan12 days ago

I am really looking forward to EPIC. the only area I was not so excited about was How to Train Your Dragon, but now I am getting excited about this area too. I am surprised HOW FAST they are building this. Its interesting the order they do stuff, you can see final colors going on in places, and trees planted DURING the process and not waiting the end. Its interesting. Could they complete this early???

DCBaker2 days ago

If you want a few ground-level looks at How to Train Your Dragon - Isle of Berk, Universal Creative has posted quite a few stories around the area on their official Instagram account. See the videos in their stories at https://www.instagram.com/universalcreativeofficial/

JT30002 days ago

I think treating Seuss Landing as an inherently ugly land is dishonest (same goes for most of Toon Lagoon.) Does it get ugly when neglected? Yes, but you could say the same about literally any other park area. Seuss Landing is merely more high-maintenance than most. That said, they have had to make concessions. I miss the land's original all-pastel paint scheme. It's gotten progressively darker over the years (presumably) to combat sun fading & dirt, leading to an overall less whimsical vibe.

Earlie the Pearlie2 days ago

I’m aware, and grateful! I just think that the area is designed in such a way that it needs to be repainted twice a month to look good! (I exaggerate, but slightly)

sonoma152 days ago

Clearly yall don't go to the parks often because it's pretty rare to see Suess now without construction walls somewhere with something being refurbed/repainted. They have been in a constant battle with refurbing the land for months.

Andrew252 days ago

Marvel - I'm not an entirely huge fan on the land, but it does fit it's original design intention. It's meant to be edgy and loud. While there are certainly things they can improve on, it's the best design choice for an all-encompassing hero land unless you go the full-immersive environment way set on a specific character's locale. Seuss - they've worked on fixing up the land in the past year or so, it's looking a lot better. Don't get me wrong, Universal certainly has its issues, but a lot of them stem from the pre-Potter days and their recent additions have been nothing but aesthetically pleasing.

Earlie the Pearlie2 days ago

If Suess had a maintenance schedule on an OCL level, it would be world class. Hot take: Super Hero Island is now old enough that it is retro, and thus, potentially timeless. This is one of the benefits of not updating an area! Modernism isn't modern for long, but if something is around for long enough, anything can be nostalgic.

TalkToEthan2 days ago

Super Hero is loaded with bombastic architecture and showcasing embarrassing 2 dimensional fronts but still worse is the noise: pounding piped in noise throughout the land. Suess Landing’s appeal relies heavily on the paint can. at its opening in turn of the century and after fresh paint jobs it brings the books and animated features to life beautifully. But during neglect, which has been often over the 1/4 century, the place looks beaten, overused and well, ugly.

Animaniac93-982 days ago

Far Far Away and Egypt are the standout areas of USS to me.

celluloid3 days ago

I have the same concern about Mario. Japan's climate is similar, but not quite, and their attention is impeccable. Universal used to be much better at nightly checks and touch ups in what was needed in the first decade of IOA. Potter gets a lot of the touch up attention now. I maintain that Suess looks better than most of Disney's upkeep of the front of EPCOT and Main Street USA's faded, worn and ugly for similar reasons. I don't see the concrete jungle thought, because there is plenty of real palm trees all wonky and growing and the design of everything is right out of the books and 60s cartoons. The uhh..Venn Diagram, yeah, in EPCOT's changes that were supposed to take that feeling away still feel like an urban park.

Tom Morrow3 days ago

I have two problems with it: 1. Much of the theming is just slabs of concrete or plastic or metal painted one or two solid colors. It gives it a look of "concrete jungle" rather than the whimsical setting they were going for. 2. The solid colors everywhere require everything in the place to look absolutely pristine to look good. The second it starts fading* or isn't power washed well enough it starts looking cheap and junky. And, well, Universal doesn't refresh it enough for it to stay looking nice (and to be fair it's hard to keep things like this looking fresh in Florida, hence why I'm a little concerned about how Super Nintendo World will hold up in the Florida elements.) *I am aware that the colors are supposed to be pastel shades, but there's a difference between a well saturated pastel surface and a sun-bleached pastel surface. Like I'm not being hyperbolic here, I think Seuss Landing might be the second ugliest spot in any Orlando park behind the entrance / music plaza of USF.

Andrew253 days ago

Seuss has its issues, but it's a marvelous area. To each their own, but it's a wonderfully designed area with great attractions for its designated audience.