Universal Orlando is continuing work on its new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, despite the global outbreak of coronavirus. Super Nintendo World attractions are also on track in Japan and California.
Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams shared the update with employees on March 24 (via Orlando Business Journal).
“Our construction projects around the globe – Super Nintendo World in Osaka and Hollywood, Universal’s Epic Universe in Orlando and Universal Beijing all remain active and on track under protocols established by government officials and with their support,” said Williams.
This comes after Universal announced that Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Hollywood in California would be closed through April 19.
Universal originally planned to reopen its theme parks on April 1.
Super Nintendo World on track in Osaka, Hollywood
“We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood through April 19 as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority,” reads a statement from Universal.
“This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations. The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.”
Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris have also closed in light of COVID-19. Disney previously shut down theme parks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Extended closure of Universal theme parks in US
Universal’s Epic Universe will feature a Super Nintendo World when it opens in 2023. It’s also tipped to feature attractions based on How to Train Your Dragon, The Secret Life of Pets, and Harry Potter.
Super Nintendo World is making its way to various Universal theme parks. It is set to open first in summer 2020 at Universal Studios Japan.
After that, Super Nintendo World will be built at Universal Studios Hollywood and then at Universal Orlando Resort.