To celebrate the announcement of Universal Orlando’s newest theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, we’re going to break down what we think we see in the park’s new concept art.
Disclaimer: Unless where otherwise noted, the following is rumor and speculation, and should not be regarded as fact unless confirmed by the companies mentioned.
While we don’t know much officially about Epic Universe, rumors have circulated that there will be lands in the park dedicated to Nintendo, Fantastic Beasts, How to Train Your Dragon, and Universal Classic Monsters. For the sake of this article, we will be speculating according to those rumored lands.
Starting off at the park’s entrance, you can see that Universal chose to stick with the classic arches here – but with a worldly twist. To the left of the entrance looks to be a covered marketplace, and possibly a big-box store for the park.
Moving up, it looks as though there might be a flat ride of some kind over the water, possibly a carousel.
We’re not sure what this beautiful glass-covered building could be, but our guess would be a highly-themed restaurant.
Continuing up the center of the park, we come to a lagoon filled with fountains and lights. The lagoon area is surrounded by arena seating, so it’s not a stretch to say we could see a nighttime spectacular here.
Finishing up the middle stretch of the park is what looks to be a grand hotel. We would guess that you can enter from both inside and outside the park, thanks to the main road located just behind.
Now let’s take a look at what you really came here for: the lands!
Starting off with what we believe to be the Nintendo section of the park, there’s a lot to unpack here. You can see the tunnel on the far right looks a bit square in this concept art, but we believe it will be the round, green pipe that is so recognizably Nintendo.
Heading inside the land, guests will be greeted with the colorful and blocky world of Mushroom Kingdom. To the left is what we believe to be the entrance to the Mario Kart attraction. The top of the land is a bit trickier, but we think this will be the home of a Yoshi-themed dark ride.
The back of the Nintendo-themed land appears to take on a more island-esque feel, which leads us to believe this will be a Donkey Kong-themed area, complete with its own ride – you can see the show building for it on the left.
On our way to the next themed land, we can’t help but point out this massive expansion pad. This could be developed in the future for restaurants, hotel space, or, hopefully, a brand-new themed land.
Next on our tour is what we believe to be the Universal Classic Monsters-themed land. We’ve heard no rumblings on exactly what kind of attraction or attractions we could see here, but you can’t help but imagine what could be.
Here’s a closer look at the village-esque section of the land, which feels very reminiscent of a European village. Could that be Dracula’s castle up at the top?
Over to the left of the Monsters-themed land is this arena. We’re not sure if this will be part of the Monsters land or something different entirely; could we see a Monsters-themed stage or stunt show here? (Or, if Universal is trying to make dreams come true, bring back Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue.)
Our next-to-last stop is over at what we believe to be a Fantastic Beasts-themed land. While we can’t see much thanks to the burst of fireworks in the top left corner, we can make out a few details worth mentioning.
We apologize for the pixelation, but here looks to be some kind of government building. Could this be the entrance to the U.S.-based Ministry of Magic, called “The Magical Congress of the United States of America” (MACUSA)?
If the above speculation is correct, then it is safe to say that this street area could be the magical version of New York City. However, from the building design, it also looks slightly Parisian.
The main viewpoint of this land, though, is the absolutely giant show building that is partially hidden by fireworks. Could this house a single ride, or are we in for more than one attraction?
Last but not least, we come to what we believe is the How to Train Your Dragon-themed land. We believe this will be the most “kid-friendly” section of the park, based on the types of attractions we can see in this image.
The main attraction of this new land is definitely the dueling coaster shown here. Could we see a rebirth of a reimagined and upgraded Dueling Dragons at Universal’s Epic Universe? Since this coaster is placed just outside of the themed area for the land, it is possible that it isn’t a part of the land at all. We’ll have to wait and see for sure.
There also looks to be a family coaster-type ride in this land. You can see the track comes close to the dueling coaster, and appears to go under and out of the lagoon in the middle.
At the center of the lagoon looks to be a type of village or marketplace-themed area. Here we could find shops, restaurants and possibly midway games themed to the land’s IP.
And there you have it! Our full breakdown of what we believe we see in the concept art for Universal’s Epic Universe. Do you see something we might have missed? What do you hope to see in the new park? Let us know in the comments below!