EPIC UNIVERSE DUE TO OPEN AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN 2023

BY GABRIELLE

Epic Universe, the fourth theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, is set to open in 2023. The new site is designed to bring a another “level of experience” to visitors.

Epic universe will be situated adjacent to the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando. As well as an entertainment centre, the theme park will feature hotels, restaurants and shops.

Details about the themed areas at Epic Universe have yet to be revealed, but Universal has hinted that the park will enable guests to experience “beloved stories” within “vibrant lands.”

The new theme park is also expected to feature attractions based on the much-loved stories of The Secret Life of Pets and How to Train Your Dragon.

Rides related to Super Nintendo World and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are also dubbed to be featured at Epic Universe.

Talking about the inspiration behind the new site, Tom Williams, chairman and CEO for Universal Parks and Resorts, said: “Our vision for Epic Universe is historic.”

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TO LAUNCH NINTENDO THEME PARK IN JAPAN IN 2020

BY GABRIELLE

Universal Studios is to launch a Nintendo theme park in 2020. Super Nintendo World is to open in Osaka, Japan in the spring, in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The theme park will feature rides based on Super Mario Kart and Yoshi. Nintendo fans will be able to experience an omnimover-style ride, which will propel them down a track with animatronic scenes and views of the park.

Yoshi-themed cars will take guests on a journey through the land. The site will also be home to Bowser’s Castle and Princess Peach’s Castle.

Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resort, announced plans for the new resort during Comcast’s 2019 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in September.

Williams shared the news that Super Nintendo World will be coming to all Universal worlds across the global, except for Beijing, during the next few years.

Williams also disclosed plans for bringing a magnetic bracelet element to the park that will enable guests to interact with the land’s environment.

By wearing the wristband, guests will be able to track their scores accumulated on the interactive environment of the park.

“You will be able to go up and keep score and play with the various games and that also translates to a score-keeping capability, if you choose to do so within the rides and it actually interfaces back with your game console,” said Williams.

UNIVERSAL REVEALS PLANS ABOUT SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

BY GABRIELLE

Universal has shared details about the soon-to-be-opened Super Nintendo World, set to launch at Universal Studios Japan in spring 2020, ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resort, shared more details about the new world during Comcast’s 2019 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that took place on September 11.

Williams revealed that over the next few years, new rides, attractions, games, merchandise and more would be coming to all Universal Parks.

The chairman and CEO also confirmed Super Nintendo Park would be home to two rides, Yoshi’s Adventure and Super Mario Kart. Two themed areas will also feature in the park, centred on Peach’s Castle and Bowser’s Castle.

“It’s a whole new separate area of the park. It’s got food. It’s got merchandise. The first phase will have two rides, Super Mario Kart Ride as well as Yoshi’s Adventures.

“It’s the best, and we’ve tested them all, and they’re killers. It’s a great lineup. It takes it to the whole next level. It’s gonna redefine what a park experience is like. It really is special,” Williams commented.

The new park will provide an interactive experience for visitors, with the possibility of Nintendo Switch integration and with Nintendo-themed magnetic wristbands.

Talking about the interactive wristband, Tom Williams said:

“The wristband is super cool. It’s all magnetic. You slap it at your wrist, and it just snaps on, and it won’t come off.

“You’ll be able to go up and keep score and play with the various games, and that also translates to a score-keeping capability if you choose to do so within the rides and it actually interfaces back with your game console,” Williams added.