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Universal's Epic Universe (South Expansion Complex) - Construction Resumed

trr1

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Aerial view of site of Universal's Epic Universe. Easement curving to the left is for Kirkman Rd extension. Trucks at bottom at the intersection with Universal Blvd.
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Aerial view of where Universal Orlando Resort is approved to build warehouses and offices along Sand Lake Rd. North portion of the Epic Universe site.
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Bob Harlem

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Aerial view of site of Universal's Epic Universe. Easement curving to the left is for Kirkman Rd extension. Trucks at bottom at the intersection with Universal Blvd.
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Aerial view of where Universal Orlando Resort is approved to build warehouses and offices along Sand Lake Rd. North portion of the Epic Universe site.
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That first image, the one thing I didn't notice before is the roads in the picture, those are the backstage roads for the new park and somewhat outline it, this is relatively new.

Better photo of it here:


The main entrance will be on the right hand side of the backstage roads.
 

JusticeDisney

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This really IS an exciting project from Universal. I’m guessing they end up doing a fantastic job with it. Of course, as others have already said, with it being half a decade away at this point (and that’s assuming there are no additional unforeseen delays), it’s hard to get overly excited right now. In any event, I’m looking forward to it!
 

Edward Jackson

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Why are people assuming a one year delay from late 2023 is somehow more than 3 ½ years from now? The park is designed and permitted. Three years to build is a good time frame.

We would all like to see it earlier, but given the recent projects from both Disney & Universal, I really think the 4 to 5 years
is more realistic. How long did it take just to do the interior work for the Bourne show? How long is it taking Disney with
Ratatouille, Guardians, Tron, etc. ? Like I said we would all be happy to see it sooner, but I don't think it is realistic.
 

lazyboy97o

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We would all like to see it earlier, but given the recent projects from both Disney & Universal, I really think the 4 to 5 years
is more realistic. How long did it take just to do the interior work for the Bourne show? How long is it taking Disney with
Ratatouille, Guardians, Tron, etc. ? Like I said we would all be happy to see it sooner, but I don't think it is realistic.
All of the projects you name were announced very early in the design process. That part and the several years they represent is done.
 

Edward Jackson

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I didn’t say anything about earlier. Vertical construction was set to start late summer/early fall 2020 for a late 2023 opening. Why is it assumed that starting 2021 makes 2024 unreachable?

I know you didn't say anything about earlier. I did. My comments are totally based on the timetables we have been seeing.
I understand the original plan was for three to three and a half years, but looking at recent projects at both parks I think that
was ambitious and and a little unrealistic. Considering the location is an empty lot at the moment, if it is completed by 2025,
I would do a happy dance.
 

danlb_2000

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Why are people assuming a one year delay from late 2023 is somehow more than 3 ½ years from now? The park is designed and permitted. Three years to build is a good time frame.

Do you think the current cost of construction materials will have an impact on their timeline?
 

JT3000

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All of the projects you name were announced very early in the design process. That part and the several years they represent is done.
Ratatouille & Tron are both clones, so the brunt of the design work for those was already done long before they were announced. Disney is just being slow & using Covid as an excuse. That being said, the fact that Universal has been finishing up their own previous projects but still don't seem to have resumed proper construction on Epic Universe is worrying.
 

lazyboy97o

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Do you think the current cost of construction materials will have an impact on their timeline?
It could if Universal isn’t willing to pay to stay ahead of others. They also have a scale that can help.


Ratatouille & Tron are both clones, so the brunt of the design work for those was already done long before they were announced. Disney is just being slow & using Covid as an excuse. That being said, the fact that Universal has been finishing up their own previous projects but still don't seem to have resumed proper construction on Epic Universe is worrying.
Having a set design intent only means being able to skip a small portion of the work that goes into developing usable construction documents. The many parts of Universal Studios Beijing that are clones took a similar amount of time to design and document, including Transformers.

Epic Universe never started vertical construction which was the next big milestone. They have a time limit on how long they can wait since they have the permits but a new code is now in force.
 

trr1

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It could if Universal isn’t willing to pay to stay ahead of others. They also have a scale that can help.



Having a set design intent only means being able to skip a small portion of the work that goes into developing usable construction documents. The many parts of Universal Studios Beijing that are clones took a similar amount of time to design and document, including Transformers.

Epic Universe never started vertical construction which was the next big milestone. They have a time limit on how long they can wait since they have the permits but a new code is now in force.
wasn't most of the infrastructure already completed at EU?
 

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