Monday, March 8, 2021

Universal's Epic Universe Theme Park Project Officially Restarted

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More good news!  I like this streak of promising news we've been able to feature lately.  Late last week Universal Orlando confirmed that the construction of the resort's third theme park, Epic Universe, is kicking off once again in the near future.  The work on the site of the new theme park came to a halt last summer as uncertainty surrounding the pandemic made most entertainment companies rethink their spending on new projects.

Universal's post regarding the project restart says it will begin immediately, though could take several month for things to ramp up to full speed as they need to reassemble their workforce of vendors and contractors.

“We are excited to begin work on Epic Universe again and for what this moment means for our industry, our community, our business and our team members,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”


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When completed, the new Epic Universe theme park and associated amenities will employ 14,000 people.  The restart of the project will bring back hundreds of jobs to Universal itself, and thousands of jobs in Florida.


Located just a few minutes from the current Universal Orlando Resort, "Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more.  It will be located on a 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida."


So how far back did this delay put Epic Universe's opening date?  Originally set for 2023, the Orlando Sentinel reports it is now planned for early 2025.  Much, much better later than never,