Universal Plans Major New Orlando Theme Park

Early concept art for Universal's Epic Universe(Photo by Universal Orlando Resort)

Universal Orlando Resort is building a new theme park. The fourth for the company in Orlando, it will be called Universal’s Epic Universe, and it will represent the single largest investment the resort’s parent company, Comcast NBCUniversal, has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall to date, according to Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation

The new theme park will have an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. It will be located within a larger 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida, the company said. The park will also be a few miles from the existing resort in Southwest Orange County, south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard

The new park was announced Thursday in an event attended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Tom Williams and Brian Roberts.

Universal is also taking part in an extension of Kirkman Road, a 50/50 public-private partnership that will see Universal investing $160 million to extend Kirkman Road into the area where the new park will be located. 

“The Kirkman extension will improve transportation through a busy and growing portion of our county and open up the entire area for additional development – including an important expansion of our Convention Center,” Demings said. 

More details about Universal’s Epic Universe will be revealed over time, the company said. 

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