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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:12 am
by coasterbill
I love Universal and I get that it's "free" but 5 days plus HHN sounds like a ridiculous amount of time there.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:39 am
by anonymouscactus
The 2pm "stay and scream" ticket in ORLANDO was discontinued in 2015 according to my brief research.

As long as you have a daytime ticket you get "early access" compared to everyone else because they have holding areas and open up a few houses early strictly to those who have a daytime ticket, annual pass, etc. They don't have a separate "half day" ticket anymore.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:47 am
by CoasterLover
Exciting times!

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:17 pm
by jarmor
tuxedomask5432 wrote:Also without “stay and scream” I was thinking 2 nights at HHN would be cheaper than buying 1 night with express pass. But without “stay and scream” it seems like it would be difficult to do everything without express pass. HELP!

It's not called stay and scream "officially" anymore. If you are in the park, you are able to stay in several holding areas. The holding area you end up in determines which house you can enter before HHN opens. The park offers a rush of fear pass good for every night the first few weeks, but honestly, if you get on the 8th you have that sun night of HHN and no more HHN until that thursday. May wanna come later in the week?

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:53 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
CoasterLover wrote:Exciting times!

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Hopefully the new theme park every body is waiting for! =)

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:12 pm
by coasterbill
Maybe they're announcing that they're extending Hagrid's closing time to just 3 hours before everything else in the park instead of 4 or 5.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:15 am
by jedimaster1227
The Universal Orlando Resort has sent us a teaser regarding their announcement(s) set to take place on August 1st.

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As a general reminder, we will be covering the announcements as they happen. With this in mind, please leave the posting of this news to the TPR Moderators so that we can ensure that the information is posted together and that it comes from the official source. Posts sharing the news coming from anyone other than a TPR Moderator will be deleted.

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:08 am
by thepoint4life23
Anyone have a time for this?

I have two ideas what it could be about, but time will tell!

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:15 am
by jedimaster1227
^It is supposedly starting around 10:00 AM EST. We're ready to post the news here as soon as it is released!

Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:13 am
by jedimaster1227
Comcast has announced that the new "Universal's Epic Universe" theme park is coming to the Universal Orlando Resort! The park as being described as Universal's largest investment ever in a theme park, generating 14,000 jobs as a part of the project! This new development will include attractions, hotels, shops and dining. No timeline or concepts to be included in the park have been revealed.

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Universal has sent us the official press release tied to this exciting announcement!

Universal Orlando Resort is building a new, fourth, theme park to be called Universal’s Epic Universe. The vision: create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment.

Universal’s Epic Universe will take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands – and where that journey is as much a part of their adventure as the ultimate destination.

“Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation. “It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”

The new theme park will also feature an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. It will be located within a larger 750-acre site that nearly doubles Universal’s total available acreage in Central Florida. Universal’s Epic Universe is just a few miles from the existing resort in Southwest Orange County. Specifically, it will be south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.

“Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Universal Parks & Resorts. “It will build on everything we have done and become the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created. It is an investment in our business, our industry, our team members and our community.”

The new park was announced Thursday in an event attended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Tom Williams and Brian Roberts.

“We look forward to the new level of entertainment and innovation Universal’s Epic Universe will bring to one of our state’s most important industries,” said Governor DeSantis. “We look forward to Universal’s continued contribution to our state’s economic growth and development. And we are especially grateful for Universal’s partnership in improving Shingle Creek, which plays a critical role in serving the Everglades.”

“The investment Universal is making in our community and the benefit all of us will see is substantial,” said Mayor Demings. “This will benefit nearly every segment of our economy – from tourism to high-tech.”

Mayor Demings also spotlighted Universal’s role in the Kirkman Road extension. This is a 50/50 public-private partnership in which Universal is investing $160 million to extend Kirkman into the area where the new park will be located.

“The Kirkman extension will improve transportation through a busy and growing portion of our county and open up the entire area for additional development – including an important expansion of our Convention Center,” he said.

During the announcement, Governor DeSantis, Mayor Demings and Tom Williams released information about Universal’s economic contribution to the state and local economy.

Universal Orlando currently employees 25,000 people and will hire an additional 14,000 team members as part of Epic Universe, including professional, technical, culinary and other specialized positions. The company currently contributes more than $302 million in annual state and local taxes – a number that will nearly double when the new theme park opens.

The majority of the businesses Universal relies on are either regional firms or national firms with a large regional presence. An economic impact study for Universal conducted by UCF Economic Professor Sean Snaith found that Universal Orlando’s combined direct and indirect economic benefit to the Florida economy since Universal Studios opened in 1990 is $73 billion. He also found that construction of the new park alone will contribute a total of $11.5 billion in direct and indirect economic benefit into the Florida economy.

More details about Universal’s Epic Universe will be revealed over time. For more information, visit http://www.universalorlando.com.



https://www.universalorlando.com/account/en/us/account-management/email-sign-up/universals-epic-universe.html

Universal's Epic Universe
The Most Immersive and Innovative Park We've Ever Created

Universal's Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experience that will forever change theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the ultimate destination.


https://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/announcing-universals-epic-universe/

Epic. It’s a word that gets tossed around a lot in today’s day and age, though not one we use loosely. When we label something as epic, we want that experience to live up to the promise that the word makes. Which is why today we are elated to announce the addition of our fourth theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, an experience genuinely worthy of its bold moniker.

Universal’s Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination. The new location will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love.

Here’s a peek at the logo, concept art and proximity map of Universal’s Epic Universe.

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It’s such an exciting time at Universal Orlando Resort. We can’t wait to share more details about Universal’s Epic Universe with you, so sign up for email updates to stay in-the-know and stay tuned to our social channels.