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Universal Orlando resumes work on Epic Universe

Universal Orlando Resort has resumed work on Epic Universe, after pausing construction amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in July 2020.

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Universal’s resumption of work on Epic Universe is beginning immediately, although it will take some months to reach full steam on construction in Florida.

This is due to restaffing and reassembling the vendor and contractor teams. The restart will create hundreds of jobs at Universal and thousands of roles in Central Florida.

Epic Universe will inject billions of dollars into the local economy, resulting in more than 14,000 permanent jobs at Universal‘s fourth gate.

“The restart of construction of Epic Universe is a terrific moment for our employees and for our theme park business in Florida,” said Brian L Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast. 

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“It is our single largest investment in the state and represents our enthusiasm for the spectacular park and the economic opportunities it will generate.”

Epic Universe is situated on 750 acres. It will be comprised of a theme park, entertainment centre, hotels, shops and F&B. Orange County previously approved $5m credit to Universal Orlando for Epic Universe.

The park is located close to Universal Orlando’s three other theme parks, on a plot of land near the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

“We are excited to begin work on Epic Universe again and for what this moment means for our industry, our community, our business and our team members,” said Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts.

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“Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”

“The resumption of the Epic Universe project couldn’t come at a better time,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L Demings

“Our community has so many talented workers who will benefit from this massive project. I am confident it will deliver a huge economic boost to Orange County.”

Universal’s Epic Universe will feature a Super Nintendo World. It’s also likely to include attractions inspired by The Secret Life of Pets, and Harry Potter.

Images: Universal Orlando

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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