Universal Studios Florida announces Epic Universe, appears to include Super Nintendo Land

Universal Studios Florida announces Epic Universe, appears to include Super Nintendo Land

Universal Studios Florida announces Epic Universe, appears to include Super Nintendo Land

Located within a massive 750-acre site, Epic Universe will include additional hotels, shops, restaurants, an entertainment center and, of course, the theme park.

Universal Orlando Resort already operates Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park, in Orlando.

It's rumored that the new park will have unique lands themed after different franchises, but those haven't been revealed. The partnership between the video game giant and the theme park group was first announced in 2015, with rides coming based on popular Nintendo games-including Super Mario Kart.

Even though the details are vague, Universal promises an "entirely new level of experience that will forever change theme park entertainment".

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the county is working with Universal to streamline permitting to expand the International Drive area. Though it is still a distant second to Walt Disney World, it keeps closing the gap and adding hotels to the mix to encourage longer stays. In 2014 they did it again with Diagon Alley, not only creating a world, but hiding it from plain sight and immersing guests into fantastic new realms, while connecting them from park to park.

Thursday's major announcement comes just weeks before the August 29 grand opening of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge", an expansive new land at Disney's Hollywood Studios based on the Star Wars franchise.

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We're at a point now in the gaming world where being a competitive player is not the only avenue to go down to make a living. The event, run by Epic Games , cost $100 million in all to organize, including 10 weeks of qualifying rounds.

Universal's two main parks now rank 11 and 14 in the world in terms of attendance, while Disney's four Central Florida parks are in the top 10.

We had hoped that Universal would also announce a project now underway at Universal's Islands of Adventure. In fact, the concept art does appear to have some elements of leaked designs for the Nintendo theme park attraction. But these projects can take anywhere between three and four years. The company promised that it will provide transportation between its various parks.

For the time being, it isn't clear what movies or other properties will be utilized to bring new rides to life.

Young says it's pretty rare for a new theme park to open in the United States, because the venture can be risky and requires so much capital upfront.

Disney's Animal Kingdom opened in 1998.

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