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Universal's Epic Universe (South Expansion Complex) - Opens Summer 2025

Rush

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That's not a replacement though. The new Monsters attraction is replacing a previously proposed Monsters attraction (a show.) The VR attraction will be replaced when its own plot isn't sitting empty.

Sources say they wanted the monsters land to have a show, but that they never had one planned nor written. And apparently the massive amphitheatre in the concept art was either a late or a last minute addition since the permits showed a building with a far smaller footprint before it was cancelled. So yes, the ride took the shows place as the Monsters land second attraction.

Before the VR Broomstick was cancelled, the park was set to debut with 11 rides. After the the spinning coaster was added to the line-up, it was brought back to 11 rides on opening day. Like i clarifed, It didn't replace it in the literal sense, it just took it's place as the 11th ride.
 

trr1

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Epic Universe Speculation Map updated for 2022. Labels for all currently rumored rides and dining locations have been added, but nothing has been confirmed by the company.

This new Universal Orlando theme park is expected to open Summer 2025
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Aerial photo of Epic Universe where heights can be seen 1 Great Hall columns in How To Train Your Dragon land 2,3, Poles that when the site was vacant indicated about center of the park, and about park entrance 4 Manor tower frame in Classic Monsters land
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Aerial photos of an area with many roller coaster type footers. Seen in Classic Monsters land of Universal's Epic Universe
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Aerial look at a portion of Classic Monsters land in Epic Universe. Top center is an area with many roller coaster type footers. Look close lower left. Frame for a tower at the manor is in place. Vertical frame also at the cube building near center.
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Aerial look at Classic Monsters land 1,2 Many roller coaster type footers 3 Vertical frame recently added 4 Manor has a tower frame. 2nd frame for a column about to be raised 5 Land entrance 6 Building facing the Epic Universe central corridor
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Aerial look at roof work of a building adjacent Classic Monsters land. Faces the Epic Universe central corridor. Left arrow at an octagon. Right arrow at a central space not likely to be seen again until park opening.
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Aerial look at the manor that fronts the featured attraction in Classic Monsters land. 1 Tower of the facade 2 Roof staging is worth zooming to see closer 3 Frame for a likely architectural column 4,5 Frame for a column and where it is about to be placed.
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Aerial of Epic Universe 1 In-park hotel foundations 2 Building to be in front of in-park hotel. West end of the curved building. 3 Entrance to Classic Monsters land 4 Park's central fountain basin 5 Entrance to a Harry Potter related land
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Aerial photos of the Epic Universe in-park hotel tower's foundation so far.
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trr1

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Aerial overview of a new Harry Potter related land in Universal's Epic Universe. Also: 1 High-speed dual-racing coaster 2 Central fountain basin of the park 3 In-park hotel construction
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Aerial photos of interesting foundations adjacent to the Ministry of Magic in Epic Universe.(notice the phone booths at the lower left corner to enter the Ministry of Magic)
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Aerial look at first steel frame of a city block near Ministry of Magic in Epic Universe.
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Aerial look at future expansion areas of Epic Universe. With construction staging now. Likely empty shortly after park open. East of a new Harry Potter land (at left), and North of the high-speed roller coaster (lower right).
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It's interesting to see the excavator at center working at side of dirt staged near Ministry of Magic in Epic Universe. The work location seems odd. Bulldozer has easier access to dirt elsewhere.
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Aerial overview of a new Harry Potter related land in Epic Universe. Land entrance at the building with an arched entrance, seen at bottom center. Foundations at left are for the in-park hotel.
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Aerial look a construction of the Ministry of Magic show building in Epic Universe. 1 High-speed coaster track staging 2 Foundations at far extent of the high-speed coaster 3 Workers on roof 4 Worker on roof
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Aerial look at work on the latest footers in Epic Universe for a high-speed dual-racing coaster.
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Aerial look at the far end of the high-speed dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe. Slabs with footers are in progress. Small amount of rain accumulated from Hurricane Nicole.
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Aerial look at first track of the high-speed dual-racing coaster at Epic Universe.
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Aerial overview of construction of some of the roller coasters in Epic Universe. 1,2 High-speed, dual-racing 3 Over water area of the coaster in How To Train Your Dragon land.
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Aerial look at some of the curved and twisting track for the high-speed dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe.
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Aerial photo of Epic Universe where heights can be seen 1 Great Hall columns in How To Train Your Dragon land 2,3, Poles that when the site was vacant indicated about center of the park, and about park entrance 4 Manor tower frame in Classic Monsters land
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Aerial look at future expansion areas of Epic Universe. With construction staging now. Likely empty shortly after park open. East of a new Harry Potter land (at left), and North of the high-speed roller coaster (lower right).
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Aerial overview of Universal's Epic Universe.
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Aerial photo with arrows at some of the mock track placed at the Donkey Kong roller coaster. Ride track is actually the multicolored sideway track. Mock track gives the illusion of cars jumping over gaps, or perhaps at 1,2 to avoid an obstacle. In Epic Universe.
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Aerial view of the station and service bay of the high-speed dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe.
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At center of this aerial is the station of the high-speed dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe. At left, part of a new Harry Potter-related land. At right, part of How To Train Your Dragon land, where footers of an additional roller coaster can be seen.
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Aerial overview of an attraction in Classic Monsters land with footers that seem to be for a roller coaster. In Epic Universe.
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Aerial photo of the manor fronting the featured attraction of Classic Monsters land. Scaffolding up for building the exterior. Note the tall frame for possibly a bell tower. In Epic Universe.
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Aerial overview of Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe.
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At center of this aerial is an attraction with footers like those of a roller coaster. Around it: 1,2 Foundations of the village buildings in Classic Monsters land 3 Restaurant facing the Epic Universe central corridor 4 Tower on top of a building 5 Featured attraction
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In this aerial of Epic Universe 1 High-speed coaster 2,3 How To Train Your Dragon coaster 4 The Great Hall 5 Water-based attraction in park's central corridor 6 Park's central fountain basin 7 Buildings in a Harry Potter-related land
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Aerial photos of track staging for the high-speed dual-racing roller coaster at Epic Universe. Photo #3 also yields a count of how many concrete trucks the project has -- all are parked at the on-site plant due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Aerial look at the complex multiple level front of Super Nintendo World. 1 Frame for Mount Beanpole 2 Peach's Castle Yellow route is Yoshi's Adventure
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JoeCamel

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Can you imagine the amount of planning that had to be done to get all these pieces moving together? Like building a city from scratch along with the rides and attractions. Years and years of work
 

Rush

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So more accurately, it will take a clone attraction to be finished building the same amount of time it will take to build a whole brand new campus complete a theme park, two hotels and connecting road.

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lazyboy97o

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So more accurately, it will take a clone attraction to be finished building the same amount of time it will take to build a whole brand new campus complete a theme park, two hotels and connecting road.

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Being a clone does not mean that much and TRON was announced before it was even designed. Epic Universe was announced after years of design and site preparation work. A park is also not all designed by the same people. Things are done in parallel by different teams.
 

JT3000

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Being a clone does not mean that much and TRON was announced before it was even designed. Epic Universe was announced after years of design and site preparation work. A park is also not all designed by the same people. Things are done in parallel by different teams.
How can you say it was announced before it was designed when it's a clone of an attraction that already existed in another park? Sure, there are probably differences in the minutiae of the structure's design & construction, but practically all of the design work on the attraction itself would have already been completed & implemented elsewhere prior to the announcement of Magic Kingdom's version.

Frankly, if they hadn't already completed the design phase prior to the attraction's announcement, even if we're just talking about the structure's differing technical details and not what guests will see while riding, that's pretty irresponsible on Disney's part, especially after the backlash they had already received for taking so long with Pandora. They don't have to copy Universal's "that obvious roller coaster is a churro stand" approach, but utilizing the polar opposite strategy is a recipe for discontent (and even then, it still wouldn't explain how long it's taken.)
 
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