ORLANDO, Fla. — As construction continues on Universal’s new Epic Universe theme park, executives remain firm on the 2025 timeline for the park’s debut.

What You Need To Know

  • Universal's Epic Universe set to open by summer 2025

  • During the UBS Global TMT Conference, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said the park was "right on track"

  • Shell also said the park's arrival in Orlando is "perfect timing" as tourist demand remains high

  • RELATED: Documents reveal name Universal plans to give Epic Universe road

Speaking during the UBS Global TMT Conference on Monday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said the park will open by summer 2025.

“We’re right on track, literally right on track,” Shell said. “We expect to open it in ’25.”

Shell also provided an update on the park’s progress saying that construction hadn’t been impacted by major supply chain issues, with it in the “vertical” phase.

“I was down there a couple of weeks ago and everything’s coming out of the ground,” Shell said. So all the infrastructure is in, a lot of the steel is in, and now it’s just a question of building [it] out.”

Shell added that Epic Universe’s arrival in Orlando is “perfect timing” amid high tourist demand and the opening of a new terminal at Orlando International Airport.

“There’s clearly a demand/supply imbalance, and I think we’re opening a theme park right at the right time,” Shell said.

Shell also talked about the new park’s proximity to the Orange County Convention Center being a possible advantage in terms of attendance. With the park designed so that visitors can come into one land without having to visit the whole park, Shell hopes the company can tap into the “nighttime convention business.”

“It’s going to be an interesting experiment for us,” Shell said.

Epic Universe was first announced in August of 2019. Originally expected to open in 2023, construction on the park was temporarily paused during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction resumed in March of 2021, and earlier this year, executives announced that they expected the park to debut by the summer of 2025.

Once complete, the park will be Universal Orlando’s fourth, joining Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park.

Epic Universe will feature an entertainment centers, hotels, shops, restaurants, and a theme park with multiple themed lands. One of the themed lands will be Super Nintendo World, which has already opened at Universal Studios Japan and is expected to open at Universal Studios Hollywood in the spring. Although executives haven't share too many details about Epic Universe, they previously said the park will feature lands and attractions based on DreamWorks and Illumination content as well.

“Everything’s right on track with Epic,” Shell said. “I’m feeling good about it.”


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