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Universal's Epic Universe News & General Discussion

PerceptiveCoot

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Jul 13, 2018
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I'm hoping we get more updates over the years if this is Universal's only big project for the next few years. Can't pretend this is just a churro stand.
 

RevFreako

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Mar 30, 2015
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I wish those lists had breakdowns by country, so we can see US numbers. No doubt things like Pokemon are huge in Japan, but anyone who tried to sell an Anpanman land since it's the 6th biggest franchise would probably be fired on the spot. I have trouble believing Pokemon is bigger than Mario in the US. Not saying it's still not a big deal, but it does not have the cultural relevance here that many of the other IP's on that list do. At the end of the day the US parks might be international destinations, but they are mainly going to cater to US customers.
I would counter this argument with the fact that every IP in Kidzone save Fievel has remained relevant in Brazil/Latin/South America, which is arguably a big factor in why the IPS were never overlaid for so long.
 

xxbrothawizxx

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Feb 17, 2014
154
I kept the faith. This is earlier than I expected them to do so though. Maybe they'll be working on a slower time table. Glad to hear it. It's going to be such a major shake up in the Orlando market.

I really hope this will reactivate the forgotten side of 192 ultimately.
 

OrlandoGuy

Member
Sep 29, 2014
683
Chicago
Universal has actually performed better than all of the Orlando theme parks through the pandemic from a financial perspective. Epic Universe coming back wasn’t in doubt for monetary reasons. I think the biggest implication here is that there’s optimism for a tourism turnaround in Orlando relatively soon. Any further delays to the park would’ve been more about external factors than internal. Seeing that there’s confidence to proceed with a major new attraction is great news for everyone in the Orlando economy.
 

SeventyOne

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Jul 1, 2010
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Orlando
I kept the faith. This is earlier than I expected them to do so though. Maybe they'll be working on a slower time table. Glad to hear it. It's going to be such a major shake up in the Orlando market.

I really hope this will reactivate the forgotten side of 192 ultimately.
Given that it's 15 - 20 minutes away on a good day, I wouldn't count on this doing anything other that driving it into further obscurity.

Unless you meant I-Drive? Maybe right around Sand Lake but probably no further north than Carrier, which is where it really gets seedy. And that feels a stretch. I think the main effect this will have is destroying sleepy little Universal Blvd (construction on the Chik-Fil-A across from me got under way last week). Central FL Pkwy area hotels may see a boom as well.
 

Happytycho

Member
Mar 1, 2017
670
Early 2025 isn't too surprising...

Given the year+ delay and the need to spool back up again, it's hard to see how anything earlier than late 2024 would have been possible. And with no other projects in the pipeline and a desire to get SNW open, there's no reason they would have pushed beyond summer 2025. So "early 2025" fits nicely into the logical window.