The construction site for Universal Orlando's Epic Universe theme park is beginning to take shape with tall buildings and colorful themed scenes. It will be open by 2025.
Universal has filed hundreds of permits related to construction, such as electrical, mechanical, and building permits, in the five year period between 2019 and May 17, 2023. These permits are all part of the $1 billion Epic Universe Project.
The project will create thousands of new jobs in tourism and hundreds of temporary construction positions.
Orange County Fast Track's website lists more than 700 construction permits.
Since January 1, 2023, 4700 Sand Lake Road (the address of the project site) shows that more than 172 permits have been filed. This is slightly more than the 168 permits that were pulled at this time last year.
Epic Universe has only confirmed Super Nintendo World, which is similar to the lands at Universal Studios Japan or Universal Studios Hollywood.
There are also rumored areas based on Universal Monsters, a How to Train Your Dragon-themed area and a Harry Potter land. Hogsmeade, the first Potter-themed area, debuted at Universal Islands of Adventure in 2010, while Diagon Alley opened in 2014 in the Universal Studios Florida adjacent theme park.
Universal executives were not available to comment.
Fans of theme parks on social media have also shown the progress made. Below are some photos taken by Twitter user URL.
According to the posts of URL, these photos depict various aspects of a theme park project. They include a peek at rumored land and future attractions.
Here is another one:
This image shows a bell-tower:
Universal Orlando Resort, owned by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq CMCSA), attracts 20 million plus tourists annually through the theme parks Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida and Volcano Bay Water Park in Orlando.
Universal also owns the CityWalk dining/shopping/entertainment complex, several area hotels and more than 700 acres for development off of Universal Boulevard, where it is building its future Epic Universe theme park, which which will create up to 14,000 new permanent theme park jobs.