Universal’s Epic Universe resumes construction and theme park fans cheer

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As theme parks recover from the past year, Universal’s Epic Universe share a piece of positive new for both theme park fans and the Orlando community. According to a corporate statement, construction on Epic Universe is resuming. Although no additional information on projected opening dates were shared, the return of bulldozers is a welcome sight for many people.

The previously announced Epic Universe looks to be a highly ambitious endeavor for Universal Parks & Resorts. Set to the most immersive and innovative theme park, the Orlando attraction looks to draw guests from around the globe. Beyond the theme park itself, the area will feature hotels, restaurants and more.

While Universal had moved ahead with the construction on the highly anticipated summer opening of the Velocicoaster, the newest Universal Orlando Resort theme park had sat silent. Due to reduced capacity and travel restrictions, theme park revenues were dramatically lower in 2020. That scenario caused a pause in construction.

As guests return to the Universal Orlando attractions, the outlook has improved. As Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts, said “Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”

The start of 2021 has been strong for Universal Orlando Resort. The current Mardi Gras festival with its abundant food offerings as brought many guests back to the park for multiple visits to enjoy all the delectable delights.

In addition, Volcano Bay just reopened after being closed for the winter months. As guests feel more comfortable with travel, the water park should see larger crowds going into the summer months.

Overall, this Epic Universe announcement is a huge boost not only for Universal Orlando Resort but also for the Orlando community. The travel and entertainment industry is a pivotal part of the local economy. Hopefully, this announcement is one of many positive turns that will be happening throughout the year.

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Are you excited that Epic Universe has resumed construction? What immersive attractions do you think will be part of the new Universal Orlando Resort theme park?