Universal Orlando Resort Shares First Official Look at Epic Universe
Universal Orlando Resort recently unveiled new information regarding Epic Universe, its fourth theme park, which will debut in 2025. The details in question were a gift to several eagerly awaiting fandoms, not the least of which is the mass of Wizarding World enthusiasts of which we are a part.
First and foremost, we can officially confirm the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic as the name of the Wizarding World park that will reside within Epic Universe. Ministry of Magic will focus on a different era of wizarding history than previous parks. Guests will be able to experience both 1920s Paris, à la Fantastic Beasts, and the British Ministry featured in the Harry Potter series. Patent applications filed by Warner Bros. have hinted at the names of potential attractions, including a ride themed around the battle at the Ministry. Universal is still keeping any official information close, however.“The ride inside of that world… I can’t tell you because it has to be a surprise,” commented Molly Murphy, the president of Universal Creative. Consider our curiosity piqued.
The bulk of the announcement centers around Celestial Park, the immersive world that serves as the entrance to Epic Universe. This “cosmic heart” of the overall park appears to focus on all things green and thrilling. Guests can expect lush gardens, an abundance of water features, and both astronomically and mythologically inspired architecture. Adventure seekers will find three attractions in Celestial Park, including a cosmos-inspired carousel, dancing fountains, and dual-launch racing coasters.
At the end of Celestial Park will be Universal Helios Grand Hotel, which will boast 500 rooms and its own dedicated entrance into the park. As grand as its name suggests, the hotel is designed to transport guests “to a fantastical world where heavens and earth unite.” The released artist’s rendering certainly supports this assertion.
Celestial Park will also serve as the gateway to the other worlds within Epic Universe. Aside from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic, Epic Universe will contain Dark Universe, a horror-themed park; How To Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk, a land of Vikings and dragons; and Super Nintendo World, featuring Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, and so on.
For more details, check out Universal Orlando’s Epic Universe introduction video, and stay tuned for further park updates.