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Everything We Know About Universal Epic Universe Theme Park — Coming 2025!

by Mommy Frog on May 22, 2024
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You might recall that Universal Orlando Resort announced a fourth theme park called Universal Epic Universe in summer 2019. Since then, we've learned smaller snippets of info, such as the confirmation of Super Nintendo World and a first look at sister hotels, Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort. On Jan. 30, 2024, Universal made its biggest announcement yet about this brand-new theme park — confirming that it will be home to over 50 unique experiences within five incredibly themed worlds once it opens in 2025. And now, we know the names of each of these lands! Stay tuned, as Universal is rolling out the details of each world, and most recently, Super Nintendo World. While there's plenty more we still haven't heard about Universal Epic Universe, here is what we know so far — and you can bet we'll keep you updated as we learn more. Here we go!

Universal Epic Universe - Park Entrance: Chronos Tower

What We Know About Universal Epic Universe

Universal Epic Universe promises to "take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands." A game-changer for theme park entertainment, Epic Universe will present a level of immersion and innovation that you won't find anywhere — transporting you to expansive worlds that are nothing short of epic. The addition of this incredible fourth park will transform Universal Orlando Resort into a vacation destination we know we won't want to leave. (A week at Universal Orlando to explore all four parks? Yes, please!)

Universal Epic Universe - Park Map

Wherever your story takes you, your journey will begin by walking through the Emerald Gate and the Chronos device at the entrance to Epic Universe. Harnessing the energy of the Universe that powers Celestial Park — "the world between worlds" — Chronos allows Universal to open the portal to other epic worlds.

Celestial Park

Universal Epic Universe - Starfall Racers

An imaginative world full of gardens, waterfalls and nature trail-like pathways, Celestial Park "puts the 'park' back in 'theme park." Admire the architecture inspired by astrology and mythology, as you stroll through the living gardens. Additionally, when you're ready to reenter the real world at the end of the night, you'll experience an epic transformation as the entire area lights up in a breathtaking display. This is the place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the frogciting worlds around you.

Hungry for more? Well, you're in luck! We also know what you'll get to enjoy while exploring the ethereal Celestial Park:

  • Starfall Racers: A dual-launch racing coaster that will send you dashing in the skies, Starfall Racers reaches speeds up to 62 miles per hour and heights up to 133 feet along 5,000 feet of track. This thrilling coaster experience features a "Celestial Spin," in which the two coaster vehicles execute an inverted crisscross maneuver. Oh ... and be sure to ride again at night as the coaster is covered with hundreds of points of light that make the vehicles look like shooting comets in the night sky. (Psst! If you're a true Universal fan, don't froget to take a look on the back of each coaster vehicle for some "outatime" Easter eggs!)
  • Constellation Carousel: The grand centerpiece of Celestial Park, you'll board a celestial creature that glides forward, backward and even 360 degrees, as if you're riding on constellations within the Milky Way! The ride is also covered with hundreds of lights.
  • Astronomica: An interactive wet-play area, Astrononimca doubles as a giant compass rose to the many wonders of Epic Universe. With crystal blue fountains that spring to life and dance around guests, this is another attraction you're going to want to come back to once the sun sets.
  • Atlantic Restaurant: Surrounded by the shimmering waters of Neptune's pool and lined with floor-to-ceiling Victorian glass walls, Atlantic is a full-service "surf and turf" restaurant set inside a breathtaking glass aquarium. Enjoy the freshest seafood as you take in captivating views of Celestial Park.
  • The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant: The Blue Dragon, a full-service restaurant, will serve authentic flavors from China, Southeast Asia and Japan. Be prepared to dine under the constellations with dancing lanterns accented by neon dragons as vibrant as the delectable menu. Need a break from the bustle? Grab a seat at the cozy Tiger Bar for a drink.
  • The Oak & Star Tavern: Indulge in some savory barbecue.
  • Pizza Moon: Enjoy a tasty menu featuring a variety of pizzas and more.
  • Nintendo Super Star Store: Guests can shop for an assortment of goodies from Super Nintendo World.
  • Moonship Chocolates & Celestial Sweets: Satisfy your cravings with a unique selection of sweet treats and more!

Now ... how about we talk about those "epic worlds" I mentioned earlier?

Super Nintendo World

Universal Epic Universe - Super Nintendo World Portal

As previously announced, Super Nintendo World will allow guests to become players in the Nintendo-themed land, blurring the lines between reality and video games. It won't be the first Super Nintendo World — Universal Studios Japan opened its version in March 2021 and Universal Studios Hollywood opened its own version in 2023 (hop over to our full post for all of the deets!). Mamma Mia, we can't wait to see how this land will play out (literally)! Get ready to step through that iconic green pipe and discover a new way to play as you enter the worlds of favorite characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Donkey Kong.

From adventurous attractions to interactive challenges, here's everything you can explore in Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong Country:

  • Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge: This ride uses augmented reality, projection mapping technology and more to make you feel as though you've stepped right inside the popular Mario Kart video game. Join Team Mario as you race against Team Bowser in hopes of winning the Golden Cup. (Jump over to our post about Mario Kart at Universal Studios Hollywood so you know what to expect.)
  • Yoshi's Adventure: Take in spectacular views of Super Mario Land on this family-friendly ride as you venture into various Mushroom Kingdom landscapes with Yoshis while searching for glowing eggs.
  • Mine-Cart Madness: Navigate through the jungle on a mine cart to help Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong protect the golden banana. This family coaster features a unique ride system that will make you feel like you're bursting out of a barrel or jumping over gaps in the track!
  • Toadstool Cafe: Chef Toad and his staff are working hard on culinary creations inspired by characters and elements from Super Mario, including Mario and Luigi-themed burgers, Super Mushroom Soup, Fire Flower Spaghetti and Meatballs and more. (Read more about the Hollywood version here.)
  • Other Dining Locations: Get a quick snack from walk-up locations such as Yoshi's Snack Island and Turbo Boost Treats. Donkey Kong Country will also have some special menu items.
  • Power-Up Bands: Throughout Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong Country, level up your gaming experience with themed Power-Up Bands that allow you to collect coins, find fun surprises and complete challenges so you can have an epic showdown with Bowser Jr.
  • Character Greetings: Meet Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad throughout the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • 1-UP Factory and Mario Motors: Shop for souvenirs, apparel, toys and more at these retail locations.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic

Universal Epic Universe - Ministry of Magic Portal

Universal Orlando has conjured up another chapter of the beloved Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Prepare to enter a different era in this all-new land that blends 1920 wizarding Paris from the "Fantastic Beasts" films with the iconic British Ministry of Magic from the "Harry Potter" series. Although we tried to use Alohomora, details about the spell-binding ride inside are being locked away in the vaults of Gringotts for now ...

How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

Universal Epic Universe - Isle of Berk Portal

Have you ever wanted to soar with dragons? Well, all your greatest Viking dreams are about to come true! Step inside the home of Hiccup, Astrid and our favorite winged fury, Toothless, and explore a colorful utopia based on the wildly popular film franchise. Prepare to embark on an unfrogettable adventure!

Set in between the second and third films during the golden age of harmony between Vikings and dragons, How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk will be the largest of the four worlds surrounding Celestial Park. A visual and sensory masterpiece showcasing handmade Viking-size features, this awe-inspiring eighth-century village will be home to five jaw-dropping attractions for dragon trainers of all ages and so much more:

  • Hiccup's Wing Gliders: How about a "test drive"? Hop aboard Hiccup's new glider contraption for a dragon's eye view of Berk. This family coaster aboard a winged flying machine will launch aspiring Dragon Riders into the sky and take them on one wild adventure!
  • The Untrainable Dragon: Similar to the show at Universal Beijing Resort but set during a different time period, this breathtaking live stage show will pit Berk's beloved Vikings against their greatest match yet, The Untrainable Dragon. Cast your eyes to the skies and be prepared to see Toothless take flight right above your head.
  • Dragon Racer's Rally: So you want to be a Dragon Racer? Well, this is your chance to practice aerobatic maneuvers and high-speed barrel rolls. Join Snotlout and Astrid on this high-thrill flying attraction that can be as wild or as mild as you want it to be.
  • Fyre Drill: Ever the chaotic duo, twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut have transformed Berk's Fyre Skööl into an epic boat battle. Prepare to outscore and outsoak your fellow Vikings while hitting over 130 moving targets. We can't promise you'll leave the lagoon dry ...
  • Viking Training Camp: Junior Vikings don't have to miss out on all the dragon training fun! In this sprawling kids' play area, aspiring dragon riders will get to discover all types of dragons as they climb, slide and explore their way through this interactive adventure camp hosted by Fishlegs, Isle of Berk's resident dragon expert.
  • Character Greetings: This is the moment you've been waiting for. Honor the bond between Viking and dragon at Haddock Paddock where you'll be able to meet Hiccup and Toothless. Keep your eyes peeled because you may see other iconic characters and dragons, both on the ground and in the sky.
  • Mead Hall: The beating heart of Berk, this larger-than-life dining space hewn from mountain rock is where you'll be able to feast like a Viking on hearty meals. Wash down your food with unique beers and mead created just for this fast-casual restaurant!

Universal will be releasing more details on Isle of Berk's dining and merchandise in the future, so stay tuned!

Dark Universe

Epic Universe - Dark Universe Portal

Hold your breath and prepare to enter a dark world of mystery, myth and monsters. Dark Universe will breathe new life into the classic Universal Monster family — such as introducing the experiments of one Dr. Victoria Frankenstein — and reimagine the creatures you know and love in an ominous and chilling experience.

Hotels at Universal Epic Universe

After a whirlwind day of pipe warping, spell casting, dragon training and monster hunting, you're going to need a place to rest your head. Luckily, Epic Universe is not short on accommodations!

Universal Helios Grand Hotel

Universal Epic Universe - Helios Grand Hotel

Located inside Epic Universe at the end of Celestial Park, Helios Grand Hotel will transport you to "a world where the heavens and earth unite." Named after the Greek God of the Sun, this full-service hotel is inspired by the Mediterranean and features cosmic characteristics throughout its decor. With 500 guest rooms, incredible views and its very own entrance into the theme park, Helios Grand is a unique addition to the Universal Orlando hotel portfolio.

Universal Stella Nova Resort & Universal Terra Luna Resort

Each featuring 750 guest rooms and tranquil accommodations in the resort's Prime Value category, Universal Stella Nova Resort will open Jan. 21, 2025, and Universal Terra Luna Resort will open Feb. 25, 2025. Universal Stella Nova takes its inspiration from distant galaxies, new stars and the vastness of the universe. This teal and purple celestial oasis even represents its own galaxy with a black hole vortex porte-cochère. Universal Terra Luna, on the other hand, is painted in gold and green and takes inspiration from the diverse and awe-inspiring planetary elements of the universe. Both hotels are now available to book through Undercover Tourist!

Universal Epic Universe - Stella Nova and Terra Luna Resorts

Just like all the other hotels on Universal Orlando property, guests staying at these hotels will be able to take advantage of Early Park Admission, resort-wide charging privileges and more. Universal Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, Universal Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk will also be accessible from the new hotels via convenient and complimentary shuttles. More frogciting details will be revealed at a later date, so stay tuned!

Epic Universe will be located on a 750-acre site near the Orange County Convention Center, just south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard. It's about 12 minutes away from the main Universal Orlando Resort site. It will become the largest Universal park in the United States. The new footprint will nearly double Universal's total available acreage! Universal says guests will be able to take Universal Orlando transportation between Universal Epic Universe and its existing properties.

Universal Orlando Resort is currently home to three parks — Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure and Universal Volcano Bay water theme park. It's also home to entertainment, shopping and dining destination Universal CityWalk as well as eight resort hotels. Its two newest, collectively known as Universal's Endless Summer Resort, are about midway between the main Universal Orlando Resort property and Universal Epic Universe.

We are SO excited for Universal Epic Universe — but in the meantime, there's so much fun hoppening at Universal Orlando Resort in 2024! Get in on the action now with the Play 4 Days ticket deal and save some green on a Universal Orlando visit now through Dec. 18, 2024.

What do you think of the news? What are you most excited about at Epic Universe? Share your reactions in the comments below!

Related: What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2024 and Beyond

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 11, 2024 at 5:44 a.m.
Daniella Says...

It looks amazing but i wush they would put an expected opening date. They had Summer on posters then removed. I come from UK in April and don't know if it will be open and i need to budget for another ticket or plan arpund it yet. Very frustrating. If its the end of the year at least i wouldn't even consider it this time. Its the not knowing

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May 8, 2024 at 7:58 p.m.
Elandra Says...

Any news on the month in 2025 for Epic Universe opening yet?

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May 9, 2024 at 8:37 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Not yet, Elandra! Keep hopping back for updates!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2024 at 2:21 p.m.
Joe Says...

Hi, do you know if the lowes hotels, will give express to epic universe?

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Apr 1, 2024 at 8:35 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

We don't know ticketing & Express details at this time, but we'll be sure to update this post and our hotel and Express posts once we have more information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 28, 2024 at 5:16 p.m.
Tracy Says...

Hi there, would you know when Universal typically opens up booking for the following year. I'm looking at booking 2025, I know that the details are ready yet but when do they typically open for the new year?

Thanks & I'm very excited for the new park!

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Mar 5, 2024 at 1:14 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

We don't know just yet (and the timeline may even differ than previous years because of Epic Universe), but we'll be sure to update our blog once we have more information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 5, 2024 at 3:51 p.m.
Pat Says...

Are there specific dates this will be open. The month

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Feb 5, 2024 at 10:47 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat!

We don't know a specific date just yet, but we'll update this post as soon as we hear any news.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 24, 2024 at 4:44 p.m.
Concepción Says...

Me parece un nuevo y brillante noticia, estarían dando muchas ofertas de trabajo para cuando podría tener la oportunidad de aplicar para postular a los trabajos que van a ofrecer?

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Jan 31, 2024 at 3:50 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hola!

Recomendamos que consulte el sitio de internet de empleos de Universal Orlando Resort para buscar oportunidades futuras.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 7, 2023 at 7:52 a.m.
Casey Says...

Can't help but wonder if SNW might still end up being the most packed when this park opens, even though everything else will be all new. ????

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Nov 22, 2023 at 9:39 p.m.
Margaret Says...

Hopefully will be amazing !! Looking at booking universal for 2025 has anybody any idea how costs would work - Do you think they will give option for the 4 parks inc waterpaek or keep the new park separate ?

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Nov 27, 2023 at 10:02 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margaret!

We don't know ticketing details yet, but will be sure to update once we know more. We agree — so frogcited for Epic Universe!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 5, 2023 at 4:17 a.m.
Maria Says...

Really looking forward to visiting again! My last trip was November 2022 and will return fall 2025 just in time for the opening of Epic Universe. Normally I book hotels at least 6 months ahead but kind of nervous with the opening of the new land, if I should book even earlier, probably do portofino like usual and do half at the new hotel!

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Apr 29, 2024 at 12:07 a.m.
Melinda Sowards Says...

How do you know the new park will be open in the fall of 2025?? I haven't read that anywhere. I want to take my granddaughter when it opens.

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Apr 29, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melinda!

We still do not know an exact opening timeline other than 2025. At one point during a 2022 earnings call, Comcast officials stated they were targeting a summer 2025 opening, but Universal Orlando Resort has not directly confirmed so we've left it as "opening 2025."

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2022 at 8:38 a.m.
Jade Says...

Looks like there will be fireworks everywhere lol

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