A new theme park by Universal, Disney’s top competitor, is currently on the works.
The theme park, which will be called Epic Universe, is seen to generate over 14,000 jobs. Its size is twice as big as the Universal Orlando Resort. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the groundbreaking for the construction of Epic has been completed.
Last year, revenues from Universal theme parks amounted to $2.7 billion, while Disney generated $20.3 billion.
Universal is formerly known as Universal Studios Escape. Its parent company Comcast has not confirmed when the new theme park will open to the public and has not disclosed any information regarding intellectual property involved.
Universal fans and theme park enthusiasts have long been speculating the inclusion of Super Nintendo World, and the announcement has reignited these rumors. Speculations are floating that the theme park will include attractions centered on Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi. However, there has been no confirmation from Universal.
Some attractions that are likely to be seen include an additional Harry Potter land that will showcase Fantastic Beasts and features based on the media franchises Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon.
A new era for theme parks
Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has raised the bar for theme parks. The creation of an entire land solely based on the Warner Bros. franchise gave fans a new kind of theme park experience. Disney was quick to follow suit by dedicating an entire land in their Orlando Parks to a few franchises like Avatar and Toy Story. A new attraction called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is confirmed to open its doors to the public on 29th August.
The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California and Florida is expected to generate a huge amount of revenues for Disney, and people are curious to find out which of the world’s two biggest theme parks will bring in the most revenue.
At the beginning of the 1960s, Walt Disney purchased lands in Florida to put up the Magic Kingdom. To keep his theme park project a secret, the tycoon used several fake companies to buy these lands.