Work Resumes on Universal Orlando Resort's Epic Universe
The Universal Orlando Resort has announced that work on Epic Universe has resumed. The widely anticipated theme park will create an entirely new level of theme park entertainment.
"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 Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts. "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."
Work had been put on pause in July 2020 due to the pandemic. The new resort will result in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands of jobs across Central Florida. These positions include highly skilled professional positions, all levels of construction jobs, and beyond. It will also bring 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.
"Our vision for Epic Universe is historic," Mr. Williams said 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."
Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants, and more. It will be located on a 750-acre site located a few miles from Universal Orlando's current theme parks.