Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the first official look at one of five new lands set to open as part of its Universal Epic Universe park, and confirmed the themes of three additional lands.
On Tuesday, the Florida-based NBC Universal theme park and resort teased Celestial Park, which will include a “park” experience with lush, living gardens, shimmering waterways and stroll-worthy paths with astronomical and mythological architecture. It also confirmed the themes of Epic Universe's three previously unannounced parks beyond Super Nintendo World: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic, How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk and Dark Universe.
“Universal Epic Universe marks a major change for Universal Orlando Resort and will change everything about our destination,” said Karen Irwin, president and chief operating officer of Universal Orlando Resort, in a statement. The Hollywood Reporter. “This will be the exciting culmination of our incredible growth over the past 30-plus years and will make Universal Orlando the most exciting one-week vacation destination imaginable.”
The gateway to the other four lands of Epic Universe, Celestial serves as the first stop for all park guests and features park accommodations, fountain shows, a wet play area, a carousel, a twin missile racing coaster, and themed restaurants. and stores.
The main centerpiece of Celestial Park is the Constellation Carousel, an all-ages attraction that sends guests spinning through the Milky Way. Park participants will not only glide forward and backward through the constellations, but also perform 360-degree spins in what the park describes as “a dance of music and starlight.”
The park's other attractions include Starfall Racers, which takes guests on rocket races on comets down a 5,000-foot track that reaches 62 mph and 133 feet. A dual racing attraction, the coaster also features various maneuvers such as the “Celestial Spin”, which sees two vehicles doing an inverted crisscross while speeding through the air.
The central and most immersive feature of the park is Astronomica, an interactive wet play area. A collection of crystal blue fountains that come to life around guests, the attraction doubles as a giant compass, pointing park attendees to the various lands of the epic universe. Additional fountain shows, some reaching 135 feet in the air, and music and interactive lights are scheduled to ripple throughout the day, located throughout the grounds' seven acres of water.
Located at the end of the park, the Universal Helios Grand Hotel will serve as a 500-room resort that brings guests to a world where heaven and earth meet, with unique views and a private entrance. A collection of themed restaurants and shops will also be available, including the Atlantic, a full-service surf and turf restaurant inside the Victorian Aquarium with views of the land, and the Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant, another full-service experience. Featuring neon dragons and ethereal lighting and a Chinese, Japanese and Thai menu.
Oak & Star Tavern's delicious barbecue, Pizza Moon's variety of pizza pies, and Moonship Chocolates & Celestial Sweets' unique selection will serve as quick service options along with retail locations such as Nintendo Superstar Store.
Portals that capture the unique theme and creativity of the remaining four lands lead guests from Celestial Park inside the Ministry of Magic, where park attendees will experience the 1920s era of the wizarding world. This land acts as a compound of Paris Beautiful animals Films and the British Ministry of Education Harry Potter Cont.
Super Nintendo World – which already opened last year at Universal Studios Hollywood and is confirmed to be part of Epic Universe in 2023 – will take guests through the iconic green tube where they can access attractions and experiences based on the shared universe of Mario, Luigi, and Princess. Peach and Donkey Kong.
Following a separate DreamWorks' land that was teased last July, the debut of Isle of Berk promises that park-goers can soar with dragons and take part in Viking adventures. How to Train Your Dragon Film rights. Finally, the Dark Universe will beckon fans of Universal's classic horror films, with encounters featuring Dr. Victoria Frankenstein's experiments amid a shadowy landscape of ghosts, myths and mysteries.
Universal's Epic Universe is part of a larger strategy for Universal's Destinations & Experiences division. Together, the five lands will feature more than 50 attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping experiences. It is the newest of four NBCUniversal theme parks in Florida, the other three being Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay.
In September, Universal Destinations & Experiences CEO Mark Woodbury announced the use of “facial recognition, photo verification technology” to support a “frictionless experience.”
“This is the most technologically advanced park we've ever done,” Woodbury said at the Bank of America Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference. “It speaks to both attractions, from next-generation robotics to drone technology, to the guest experience. The entire guest journey is really being taken to a new level.
In a video preview of the new park, Steven Spielberg, creative consultant for Global Destinations and Experiences, called the foundations of the epic universe “an amazing concept.”
“The idea that you're going through some sort of portal into a world, and you're coming out into a world you could never dream of — and you can experience it,” he added. “I think it will feed the imagination of a lot of people of all ages.”
An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified the land of DreamWorks as part of the Epic Universe.
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