Disney's theme park business competitor Universal Orlando unveils first detailed look at Universal Epic Universe

Jan 30, 2024 in "Universal Orlando Resort"

Universal Epic Universe concept art
Posted: Tuesday January 30, 2024 8:51am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled its first official glimpse into its fourth Florida theme park - Universal Epic Universe, set to open in Summer 2025.

Today we get a first look at Celestial Park – the heart of Universal Epic Universe and the first world guests will encounter at the new theme park. More details about Universal Epic Universe – including the debut of an interactive preview center at Universal CityWalk later this year that will offer a sneak peek at the new theme park – will be revealed in the months ahead.

CELESTIAL PARK

As soon as guests enter the imaginative world, they'll embark on a journey through lush living gardens nestled along shimmering waters surrounded by architecture inspired by astronomical and mythological elements. Here, guests can relax while taking in the sights and sounds around them, board a shooting comet for a roller coaster adventure, dine, shop, and more.

PORTALS TO OTHER EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS

Plus, Celestial Park will be the gateway to explore the four additional worlds of Epic Universe. Through a set of portals that capture the imagination and creativity of each world, guests will embark on a transformative experience as they journey from Celestial Park to:

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic, where guests will discover a different era of the wizarding world in an all-new land that blends 1920s wizarding Paris from Warner Bros. Pictures' Fantastic Beasts films with the iconic British Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, where guests will enter the iconic green pipe and discover a new way to play as they step into the worlds of beloved characters like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Donkey Kong.

How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk, where guests can soar with dragons in a colorful world filled with Viking adventures based on the wildly popular How to Train Your Dragon film franchise.

Dark Universe, where guests encounter everything from the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein to the shadowy landscape where monsters roam in a world of myth and mystery.

CELESTIAL PARK ATTRACTIONS AND EXPERIENCES

 

Here are additional details about some of the other experiences at Celestial Park:

Starfall Racers, a dual-launch racing coaster that sends guests rocketing through the skies aboard comets in a race to see who's the fastest of them all. Reaching speeds up to 62 mph and heights up to 133 feet along 5,000 feet of track, Starfall Racers will be Epic Universe's most thrilling coaster experience with unique maneuvers such as the "Celestial Spin," in which the two coaster vehicles perform an inverted crisscross while speeding through the air – creating an "out-of-this-world" adrenaline rush.

Constellation Carousel – the grand centerpiece of Celestial Park. Here, explorers of all ages will take a fantastical whirl aboard constellations that glide forward, backward – and even make 360-degree rotations – through the milky way in a choreographed dance of music and starlight.

Astronomica, an interactive wet-play area that also doubles as a giant compass rose to the many wonders of Epic Universe, featuring crystal blue fountains that spring to life and dance around guests.

An array of unique dining experiences ranging from full-service restaurants to quick-service locations that offer something for every palate, including Atlantic – a full-service "surf and turf" restaurant set inside a Victorian aquarium complete with captivating views of Celestial Park; and The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant – where diners take a culinary journey across Asia as they enjoy authentic Chinese, Japanese and Thai fare in this full-service restaurant accented with neon dragons and ethereal lanterns. Additional "must-eat" locations within Celestial Park include The Oak & Star Tavern, where guests can enjoy savory barbecue, Pizza Moon, which will serve up a tasty menu featuring a variety of pizzas, and more.



Detailed retail locations, including the Nintendo Super Star Store, where guests can shop an assortment of merchandise themed to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD; Moonship Chocolates & Celestial Sweets, where guests can satisfy their cravings with a unique selection of sweet treats, and more.

Entertainment, including various fountain shows throughout Celestial Park's seven acres of water where a multitude of fountains sway, dance – and even reach heights up to 135 feet in the air – to music and interactive lighting from day to night.

And located inside Epic Universe at the end of Celestial Park is Universal Helios Grand Hotel, designed to transport guests to a world where the heavens and earth unite – complete with 500 rooms, one-of-a-kind views and its very own dedicated entrance into the theme park.

Stay tuned for more Universal Epic Universe details in the coming months.

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JT300023 hours ago

It's still there. Works with both Chrome & Microsoft Edge. Looks like this:

Weather_Lady1 day ago

It works on both my phone (Samsung Galaxy S21 running Chrome) and desktop (15-year old Vizio running whatever versions of Windows and Chrome came on it, LOL). Until I can maybe get some screengrabs, the released concept flyover does have much of the same "footage," just without stops to allow clickthroughs for more details on certain parts:

RandySavage1 day ago

As a fan of the Syberia style, I'd be interested in seeing this. When I went to the site, all I could see was an abridged version of the released flyover, then it goes to white. At the bottom there were the Portal concept art stills. Maybe my browser is incompatible or they took what your are describing down. Could you post screengrabs or confirm they're still there and what browser works with the animation. Appreciated.

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial look at the village in Dark Universe. Aerial overview of the village in Dark Universe.1 Recently placed tree. Could be there will be more trees in this area, causing the manor to be seen more ominously over a tree line.2 Recently complete broken wall lurking in the shadows An aerial look at work in progress in the village in Dark Universe.1 Gravestones seem to be as if stock from a quarry. Blank, and lined up as if for purchase2 Completed area of a broken wall3 Theming continues at this broken wall4 Seems to be a completed tower Construction equipment in foreground of this aerial photo gives scale to how big the Dark Universe portal is. Arrow in this aerial photo where it seems like a tree root will be sculpted over the edge of the portal ring of Dark Universe. Possibly also a smaller root at the gap on the other side.Each of the Epic Universe portal rings so far has a open semicircle at top.

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial overview of Dark Universe in Epic Universe. The large show building contains the featured attraction. Aerial look across Epic Universe. Dark Universe in foreground. Helios Grand Hotel near center of this photo. Across from the large turquoise circular show fountain. Aerial look at landscaping so far near The Burning Blade Tavern in Dark Universe. Aerial overview of Dark Universe. Top left is recent construction of a service building. Aerial overview of the Curse of the Werewolf roller coaster. A train with spinning cars is at right, on a service spur.At center of this photo is a barn over a shuttle launch. Sends trains backward and then forwards to return to the station. Aerial overview of the forested Curse of the Werewolf roller coaster in Dark Universe. A spinning ride. 771062 Aerial look at a partially covered train of the Curse of the Werewolf roller coaster. On a service spur. A pair of riders on each side of a car. The cars spin by momentum through the curves and hills of the track. 771063 Aerial overview of the manor area of Dark Universe. 771064 Aerial look at the current collection of trees at the extended queue of the featured attraction in Dark Universe.Berm and trees at left hide view of the park's perimeter service road and other back of house. 771065 Aerial photo showing how dense the forest is becoming in Dark Universe 771067

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct At center of this aerial photo is scaffolding covering the sculpting of rock work at Meade Hall. Will be a featured dining location in How To Train Your Dragon land. Aerial look at part of How To Train You Dragon land. Arrow at a recently completed wall.The front bay has a light coating now. The back bay (boat ride) had a light coating and then the dark coating now seen. Aerial photo of the How To Train Your Dragon boat ride. Zoom in to see the belt has been installed on the station ramp. There's also pumps in the channel to move the boats.A slow moving water shooter ride. Note that the trees have flames. Believed to be called Fyre Drill. Aerial look from the front of How To Train Your Dragon land to the theater Aerial photo of structural frames being added in front of the theater in How To Train Your Dragon land. Theater is likely to have a show like in Universal Studios Beijing. Aerial photo of the front of How To Train Your Dragon land. The bay's concrete floor has been coated with a bright surface. It is likely to get a second coating, a dark coating, like the back bay got recently. 771050 At left in this aerial photo is the second launch of the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster. Right next to it is rock work for a play area.Front of the building at center has 3 restrooms. Remainder of the building has electrical equipment to power the launch. 771052 Aerial photo of the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster at front of the land. Trains dive under a bridge, then circle 3 sheep, before heading into the second launch of the ride. 771053 Aerial photo of the portal to How To Train Your Dragon land. At left is rock work at the second launch of the roller coaster, and an adjacent play area. 771054 Aerial look at the portal of How to Train Your Dragon land.1 Sheep 2 A ladder in a service access 3 There are several of these octagons in Celestial Park. A few now with gazebo type structures. 4 There are multiple of these rectangular structures. Another near CelesTiki bar. 771055

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial photo of the entrance of How To Train Your Dragon land. Aerial photo of the entrance of How To Train Your Dragon land. Aerial photo of a berm of trees in How To Train Your Dragon land that will block view of a Celestial Park building starting construction at right. At center of this aerial photo is a berm of trees in How To Train Your Dragon land that will block view of a Celestial Park building starting construction at left. Aerial photo of where the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster will zig-zag over water, then dive under a bridge. Aerial photo of where the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster dives under a bridge. 771041 Aerial photos of both sides of a shop in How To Train Your Dragon land. Much of the structure covered in scaffolding for sculpting and painting rock work. 771042771043 Aerial photo of construction near Meade Hall in How To Train Your Dragon land. 771044

Disstevefan12 days ago

This all looks.......... EPIC.

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial photo of lift hill theming at the Donkey Kong roller coaster. Aerial look at theming in progress at the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World. Aerial look at theming in progress at the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World. Aerial photo of a section of the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World.At bottom left is a stack of "boards" staged for more trestle theming of the track supports.Nearby is half of a flower element. Likely to be placed on the stem at center of the photo. Aerial photo of Mount Beanpole type of theming next to Peach's Castle. Aerial photo of the Peach's Castle area of Super Nintendo World. 771032 Aerial look at preparation for a concrete floor pour in Super Nintendo World.This area seen previously with a large amount of electrical conduit being routed across the structural floor.A layer of dense foam separates the new floor from the structural floor. 771033 Aerial photo of Yoshi cars being uncovered in Super Nintendo World. 771034 Aerial overview of How To Train Your Dragon land. Also Starfall Racers roller coaster in Epic Universe. 771035

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct A very wide aerial photo with Dark Universe in foreground. Show building and features of the land. Rising at left is Helios Grand Hotel, inside Epic Universe. Near center is Starfall Racers, and to the right are the spinning dragon rides. Aerial look across Epic Universe. Dark Universe in foreground. Helios Grand Hotel near center of this photo. Across from the large turquoise circular show fountain. Aerial overview of Dark Universe in Epic Universe. The large show building contains the featured attraction. At top left of this aerial photo are poles for the construction of the Celes. Tiki bar in Epic Universe. At bottom right is the portal of Dark Universe. Aerial overview of the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World. Aerial photos with details of recent work for the top of the waterfall at the Donkey Kong roller coaster. 771023771024771025 Aerial photo with the current state of waterfall construction at the Donkey Kong roller coaster. 771026

trr12 days ago

bioreconstruct @bioreconstruct Aerial photo of part of How To Train Your Dragon land. At center is a structure being built over the land's roller coaster. At top is the separate Starfall Racers dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe. Arrow in this aerial photo where it seems like a tree root will be sculpted over the edge of the portal ring of Dark Universe. Possibly also a smaller root at the gap on the other side.Each of the Epic Universe portal rings so far has a open semicircle at top. An aerial look back to Mar 23, 2019 when the Epic Universe site was being prepared.Arrow at a long time electrical distribution site. Aerial look at the portal of Super Nintendo World.One of two portals in Epic Universe without a themed ring at the opening. The other portal is the park entrance. An aerial photo where the strut shows how high the helicopter is above Epic Universe. At center of this aerial photo is a structure being built over the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster.In foreground the Celestial Spin and Top Hat elements of the Starfall Racers roller coaster in Epic Universe. 771012 In this aerial photo of the Epic Universe area 1 Site prep for an electric bus depot 2 Long time electric distribution site 3 Ramp berm and supports for the elevated traffic circle to day guest parking 4 Day guest parking 5 Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World 771013 Aerial overview of How To Train Your Dragon land. Also Starfall Racers roller coaster in Epic Universe. 771014 Aerial view of the site of an electric bus depot near Epic Universe. 771016

Weather_Lady3 days ago

Some lovely "flyover-style" concept art vignettes for Epic Universe are now posted on Universal's website. (Apologies if this is old news: either this was posted in the last few days, or I've just been missing it previously -- some of the video animations are identical to the recently-released promo video, but others are not.) Just scroll down until you reach the movie-style screen with right and left arrows to "fly through" different portions of Celestial Park and learn more about select parts of it. The animation is just gorgeous. Feels and looks like a series of Benoit Sokal-designed video game cutscenes to me, in all the best ways! https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/epic-universe/worlds/celestial-park

trr15 days ago

some other guy5 days ago

I've seen some good cases made for allusion and references to general concepts like the shadow only corrupting, not creating, and even more when you get into deeper lore, but it's not worth arguing for this point. Middle Earth was def never as OH HEY THIS GUY WHO'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL DIED! AND ROSE! AND LION! GET IT! HUH? HUH? overt as Narnia and Narnia has always been the third-stringer who deserves BBC miniseries that show off its charming humble British-ness while LotR gets infinite budget to slaughter computer orcs by the jillions. you can take whatever spiritual lessons from that as you will 🤔🤣