ORLANDO, FL — Work is resuming on Universal Orlando Resort’s Epic Universe, which will feature a new theme park, entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. It will be located a few miles from Universal Orlando’s current theme parks in Southwest Orange County, south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard. “Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts, at the time the project was announced. “It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created.”
Work on Epic Universe paused in July 2020 as the company adjusted plans in the midst of the pandemic. The restart will begin immediately, but is expected to take several months before reaching full speed as Universal re-staffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.
The Epic Universe project will infuse billions of dollars into the Florida economy and create more than 14,000 permanent jobs, in addition to the thousands of jobs that will be created during its development.
“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 Corporation. “It is our single-largest investment in the state and represents our enthusiasm for the spectacular park and the economic opportunities it will generate.”
“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 Williams. “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.”