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Fly High in How to Train Your Dragon - Isle of Berk at Universal Epic Universe

by Leap on March 28, 2024 Orlando

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"This is Berk. Best kept secret this side of, well, anywhere." And you can visit this incredible isle when Universal Epic Universe opens in 2025. That's right: How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk is one of the four worlds that will surround the central Celestial Park at Universal Orlando Resort's much-anticipated fourth gate (not to mention, the largest of them!). As our good pal Hiccup once said, "This wet heap of rocks packs more than a few surprises," and I'm leaping with joy to start uncovering them with you. So, saddle up, because we're breaking down everything you'll find when you enter through the portal and step foot into this vast Viking world.

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Overview

Overview of How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

A visual and interactive spectacle beyond your wildest imagination, How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk is a larger-than-life, eighth-century Viking village. From the moment you step through the portal in Celestial Park, you'll be welcomed by the iconic Viking and dragon statues featured in the films as you gaze upon a lagoon dotted with Viking ships. Developed to fit in between the second and third "How to Train Your Dragon" films, Isle of Berk is set during the golden age of harmony between Vikings and dragons.

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Entrance

 

Rugged, massive and wildly colorful, this world is a "visual and sensory masterpiece showcasing handmade Viking-size features, including nine-foot-tall doors, handmade benches carved by chainsaw, woven tapestries and six real-timber buildings." You'll be able to experience iconic locations from the films, such as Gobber's Forge, Hiccups House and the Dragon racing bleachers. An attraction unto itself, you'll be struck by the scale and vibrancy of the "awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping" world of Berk.

Attractions in How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

From aspiring dragon riders to seasoned dragon racers, How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk has something for Vikings of all ages!

Hiccup's Wing Gliders

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Hiccup's Wing Gliders

Think you have what it takes to be a Dragon Rider? Hop aboard Hiccup's latest contraption: a winged flying machine that's meant to simulate what it's like to fly on a dragon. One problem, though ... Toothless let his jealousy get the better of him and has launched your glider into the air before the wings are attached. (Uh, oh!) Hold on tight because this family coaster will have you swooping and soaring over the Isle of Berk, careening wildly through the Viking village and skimming across the top of the lagoon at speeds up to 45 mph. You may even encounter Hiccup, Toothless and other dragons throughout your flight!

Dragon Racer's Rally

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Dragon Racer's Rally

You're gonna need some practice if you want to become a champion dragon racer. Luckily, Snotlout and Astrid have just the training module where you can control how "wild" or "mild" you want your flight to be. Strap into these Viking-made dragon-riding trainers and prepare to practice aerobatic maneuvers and high-speed barrel rolls as you reach heights up to 67 feet in the air. This high-thrill flying attraction — which features a ride system brand new to Universal Destinations & Experiences — will have you mastering your high-flying, gravity-defying, swooping and soaring skills in no time!

Fyre Drill

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Fyre Drill

If you want to be a dragon trainer, you need to learn how to put out dragon fires. That's why twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut have transformed Berk's Fyre Skööl into a watery, interactive boat battle. Board a colorful dragon-headed boat and blast water cannons that shoot over 28 feet through the air at over 130 moving flame-like targets, as well as the occupants of every other boat on the lagoon. Outscore and outsoak your fellow Vikings in this wet-and-wild battle at sea — and don't expect to disembark dry.

Viking Training Camp

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Viking Training Camp

Junior Vikings don't have to miss out on all the dragon training fun! This sprawling, colorful, interactive play area has everything a future Dragon Rider could ever want. They'll love climbing this adventure camp's multiple towers and exploring everything it has to offer, such as a Viking agility course, a Toothless-themed teeter-totter, baby Gronckle dragon climbers, Viking drums and chimes, an interactive sheep launcher game, slides and so much more. Under the tutelage of Berk's resident dragon expert, Fishlegs, young Vikings will learn about all the different classes of dragons.

Shows in How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

Sit back, relax and enjoy a breathtaking Broadway-level production that will take you on an unfrogettable journey.

The Untrainable Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - The Untrainable Dragon

Inspired by Universal Beijing Resort's wildly successful "Untrainable" show, this dragon-filled live spectacular — set in a different time period and featuring varied characters — sees the Vikings of Berk meeting their greatest match yet. Hiccup and Toothless, with the help of Gobber and Astrid, will work together to solve the mystery of The Untrainable Dragon in this heartwarming live show. Featuring captivating musical numbers and stunning sets, this production will leave you flabbergasted as Toothless soars directly above the audience, showcasing his impressive wingspan of nearly 27 feet.

Meet and Greets in How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Hiccup and Toothless

Of course, if you're visiting Berk, you're gonna want to meet some dragons. Well, you're in luck. At Haddock Paddock — a tranquil clearing created to honor the bond between dragon and Viking — you'll get to come face-to-retractable fang with the friendly Night Fury, Toothless, and his heroic rider, Hiccup. Keep your eyes peeled while you're roaming the Viking village because you may also come across Astrid and her Deadly Nadder, Stormfly, as well as Ruffnut and Tuffnut. Don't froget to head over to the Forge where you'll find Gobber and his beloved Hotburple, Grump. You may even catch some dragons soaring overhead ...

Restaurants in How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

Ready to feast like a Viking?

Mead Hall

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Mead Hall

The beating heart of Berk, this larger-than-life gathering hall is the perfect place to satisfy a dragon-sized appetite. Step through the enormous 16-foot, 7-inch doors, sit under the giant grand chandelier and chow down on meat, fish, sandwiches and desserts in the grand chamber hewn from mountain rock. Be sure to wash down your meal with unique beers, mead and ciders created just for this fast, casual eatery.

Spit Fyre Grill

A helpful (unseen) dragon fry cook serves up flame-seared, hearty meals at this delicious quick-service dining location overlooking the action of Fyre Drill.

Hooligan's Grog & Gruel

Grab a quick bite at this festive racing-themed food stand located in Viking Training Camp.

Shopping in How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

How to Train Your Dragon Isle of Berk - Nighttime Atmosphere

Commemorate your frogciting day of dragon training with an array of merchandise available at these highly-themed shops:

  • Viking Traders
  • How to Treat Your Dragon
  • Hiccup's Work Shop
  • Toothless' Treasures

Can't wait to play with your favorite DreamWorks characters? Well, we have news for you! DreamWorks Land in Universal Studios Florida is opening in summer 2024. Get ready to channel your inner dragon warrior with Po, sing along with Branch and Poppy and have a roaring good time with Shrek and Donkey in this colorful, imaginative new land.

What are you most excited to experience in How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Universal Reveals New Details About Universal Epic Universe Worlds

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