Orlando’s newest theme park, Universal Epic Universe, is coming together at an amazing pace. Today, we have some incredible views to share of the latest construction. You can watch the video above to get the best look into the theme park opening Summer 2025! Now, let’s see what’s new through photos.
Colorful Exterior Panels Installed on Area Hotel
Outside of the Epic Universe theme park are two Universal-designed hotels broadly defined as “space themed.” Right now, Universal Terra Luna Resort is still in its concrete slab assembly stage. Universal Stella Nova Resort (pictured) is amidst receiving its pill-shaped windows as well as mounts for exterior paneling. Now, the first section of this colorful paneling has been installed. It could definitely be described as out-of-this-world!
Social media reactions to this bold exterior look have thus far been mostly positive, with a few people wondering if the panels are perhaps too reflective. Universal and their partnering firms have had lots of time to test these panels nearby, which are indented to prevent the reflection of the intense Florida sun towards anyone or anything in particular. Good thinking!
Detailed look at reflective panels currently being installed at Epic Universe area hotels pic.twitter.com/ovaZsHVoMk
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Water Feature Construction at Hub
As visible in the concept art at the top of the post, Epic Universe features a sprawling “spine” with a substantial water feature going through the park hub. The construction of these central basins are now well under way.
Themed Donkey Kong Track Installed at Super Nintendo World
The highly anticipated Donkey Kong attraction coming to Universal Epic Universe continues to come into form.
The latest development at the Donkey Kong roller coaster is the installation of themed, false track above the attraction’s real track.
Watch out! That themed track looks mighty torn up!
Hub Dining Locations Come Into View
Between Super Nintendo World and Dark Universe are three rumored dining locations. The two stands will be inhabited by a Starbucks location and a celestial-themed ice cream refreshment stand. Behind these smaller stands is one of the hub’s main dining locations.
Windmill Restaurant at Dark Universe
In the back of the Universal Classic Monsters-based Dark Universe land is a new dining location beginning to take shape, which will feature an iconic windmill on top!
Parisian Streets at Wizarding World
Wizarding Paris is coming along nicely, with some very tall and highly detailed Parisian streets.
Starfall Racers Armillary Added at Epic Universe
At the park’s premiere roller coaster, Starfall Racers, a new celestial theming element is coming into form out front. This object is called an armillary sphere.
How to Train Your Dragon SkyFly Attraction
Lastly, we have the How to Train Your Dragon area, which has received substantial development since our last update. In this overview, you can make out the just-installed SkyFly attraction, the land’s sprawling family coaster, and the entrance to the Great Hall-themed restaurant.
The most exciting new addition to Epic Universe is the installation of two “Sky Fly” ride systems inside the How to Train Your Dragon land. This high-flying spinner attraction, made by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH, gives guests the option to rapidly spin their car or sit back and enjoy the swooping ups and downs of this family attraction.
Finished theming elements are being installed in Epic Universe, as seen below with a dragon perched on the non-guest side of the SkyFly ride system.
That’s all Folks!
Thanks for joining us on this latest look at Universal Epic Universe in Orlando, Florida. If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the video update on our YouTube Channel, featuring some insane aerial footage of new progress! Also, find out how you can support the ongoing creation of these expensive projects here.