The creative team behind Universal Epic Universe introduces details about this amazing new theme park, opening 2025 at Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination. The new location will feature over 50 unique compelling experiences with a theme park, an entertainment centre, hotels, shops, restaurants and more.
The first instalment of a new video series presents an overview of Epic Universe along with the reveal of each of the five astonishing worlds which make up the park.
Epic Universe is Universal Orlando Resort’s fourth theme park, built on 750 acres of land, just a few miles from Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure and Universal Volcano Bay. This new offering will transport guests to expansive, vivid worlds filled with awe-inspiring attractions, entertainment, hotels, dining and more.
From ground-breaking technology to an innovative racing roller coaster, to five different worlds connected through mystical portals, Epic is transformational on so many levels.
Epic Universe is made up of five different worlds, all connected through Celestial Park, the first world you’ll experience once you walk through the Emerald Gate and the Chronos device at the entrance to Epic. “In our story, Chronos is this giant machine used to harness the energy of the Universe that powers all of Celestial Park, allowing us to open the portals to other worlds,” explains Adam Rivest, executive producer for Celestial Park.
Once you’re in Celestial Park you’ll have access to four portals, which are tall, obelisk-like structures, that take you into the other fully-themed, immersive worlds.
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic
- SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
- How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk
- Dark Universe
Celestial Park is a world between worlds, where everything begins and ends. Celestial Park holds the entrance (portals) to the other immersive areas of the theme park (worlds) and it’s also where you’ll find some of the best restaurants on property, must-do attractions, retail options and the most unique hotel in Universal’s portfolio.
Rides in Celestial Park
- Constellation Carousel
This beautiful carousel has a wonderful spin to it — quite literally. It may seem like a traditional carousel, with an array of celestial creatures to choose from, but as it goes round and round, the creatures are also turning 360 degrees, making you feel like you’re caught within the Milky Way, riding on constellations through the galaxy.
- Starfall Racers
Starfall Racers is a racing dual-launch coaster that goes at 62 mph and reaches a max height of 133 feet. It’s designed to feel like an old wooden coaster, but smooth as a button. So, you’ll rise up in your seat and get those zero G feels and experience some signature moves, most of the 1.8 mile track is a side-by-side race between two comets to see who gets to the end first with no break zones.
Riding it at night will be an attraction in itself, because the coaster is covered with hundreds of points of light, the vehicles look like shooting comets racing across the sky.
At the center of Celestial Park lies Astronomica, an interactive wet-play attraction designed as a compass rose that points to the portals and attractions around Epic. At night Astronomica comes alive with light, colour and music!
Eat in Celestial Park
Celestial Park will house two visually breathtaking restaurants, Atlantic and The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant.
- Atlantic Restaurant
Nestled in the middle of Celestial Park, the restaurant is surrounded by the shimmering waters of Neptune’s pool and has floor-to-ceiling Victorian glass walls. “It gives guests the illusion of dining in an ‘out of this world’ glass aquarium,” says Chef Martinez. At the Atlantic Restaurant you’ll be able to find the freshest seafood and surf and turf options on the menu.
- The Blue Dragon Pan-Asian Restaurant
Staying true to the electric neon dragons that snake the interior of the dining room, the Blue Dragon Restaurant has a vibrant and delectable menu. “guests will have the chance to enjoy flavours from China, Southeast Asia and Japan, all while dining under the constellations, as lanterns dance overhead in this beautiful indoor courtyard,” says Chef Martinez.
Where to Shop
There will be plenty of retail options for you to stock up on souvenirs through Celestial Park, including the Nintendo Super Star Store. Founded by explorers that have been on multiple excursions into SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, this store is filled with colourful keepsakes themed around Nintendo’s beloved characters.
Where to Stay
Universal Epic Universe will open in 2025 alongside three new hotels — yes, three new hotels: Universal Helios Grand Hotel, Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort.
- Helios Grand Hotel
Universal Helios Grand Hotel, a full-service hotel for guests looking to go all-out during their Universal Orlando Resort stay. Named after the God of the Sun, Helios is where the heavens and earth unite: it’s adorned with celestial patterns and constellation details in the decor and has a casual, elegant Mediterranean-inspired feel throughout.
The coolest thing about the hotel is that it is walking-distance from Epic and has a dedicated and exclusive entrance into Celestial Park, making it one of the most unique properties in the Universal Orlando hotel portfolio. From the hotel guests will be able to enjoy the view of the beautiful gardens and natural wonders.
- Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort
Galaxies and planets inspire these sister hotels. They’re related in concept, but offer two different experiences — Stella Nova is highlighted in teal and purple colors and represents its own galaxy with a black hole vortex porte-cochère while Terra Luna is highlighted in gold and green. Stella is inspired by the infinite vastness of the unknown universe and Terra is inspired by the thrill of pushing the limits of discovery.
Both hotels will have 750 guest-rooms, resort-style amenities and several food and drink options. The exterior facades of the hotels are layered with thousands of dichroic panels, with every panel slightly unique, which makes the facade ever-changing depending on where you stand, time of day and weather.
You can already book your room at Stella Nova (opening January 21, 2025) and Terra Luna (opening February 25, 2025)
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