Explore the Monstrous Dark Universe at Universal Epic Universe in 2025

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Explore the Monstrous Dark Universe at Universal Epic Universe in 2025
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"It's Alive! It's Alive!" Next year, Universal, the pioneer of the horror genre, will bring its iconic monsters into the modern era with the introduction of Dark Universe, one of the five immersive worlds at the brand-new Universal Epic Universe opening in 2025. As the most enigmatic realm of Universal Orlando's latest theme park, this captivating land will immerse visitors in thrilling adventures across various attractions, shops, restaurants, and character encounters that will delight families and classic Monster enthusiasts alike.

Crafted by Universal Creative in collaboration with Universal Pictures, Dark Universe melds the legendary tales of supernatural figures such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Bride of Frankenstein with a new cast of monsters and characters, including Dr. Victoria Frankenstein - the great-great-granddaughter of the infamous Henry Frankenstein, continuing his ill-fated experiments. Within Darkmoor, the beleaguered village at the heart of Dark Universe, guests will come face-to-face with these characters and the outcomes of their experiments, set in a groundbreaking theme park environment that promises both family-friendly fun and intense thrills, uniquely designed by Universal. 
 

WELCOME TO DARKMOOR

The journey into the Dark Universe begins as guests pass through its electrifying portal, charged with the dark energies of Darkmoor. Stepping inside, visitors will feel this same energy pulse through the village, culminating at the towering Frankenstein Manor - the central focal point of Dark Universe. Nestled within the village's ancient stone walls, guests can embark on a variety of unique experiences: transform into their favorite monsters, ride a thrilling family coaster through the woods, dine at distinctive eateries, brave the chilling depths of Frankenstein Manor, and much more.

Here's a closer look at the exciting yet spine-chilling attractions and entertainment awaiting visitors in Dark Universe:

Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment - Universal Orlando's most terrifying attraction transports guests deep into the catacombs beneath Frankenstein Manor. Here, Dr. Victoria Frankenstein conducts her twisted experiments, initially showcasing her mastery over monsters. However, when her control over Dracula fails, chaos ensues as enraged monsters, including The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Brides of Dracula, are unleashed. Guests must navigate an intense journey through darkness, evading capture by these formidable creatures.

Curse of the Werewolf: Deep within the adjacent woods, Curse of the Werewolf offers a spinning family coaster inspired by "The Wolf Man." Guided by Maleva, the guild's all-knowing seer, guests enter The Guild of Mystics' encampment, warned of their potential transformation into werewolves. Racing through the forest in a wagon, they must escape before succumbing to the curse.

Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience: Guests of all ages can undergo a monstrous transformation at the Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience. In a converted lab reminiscent of Dr. Pretorius' experiments, skilled artisans use face paint and temporary tattoos to help guests embody their favorite Universal Monsters.

Meet the Monsters: Shadows within the Dark Universe conceal an array of intriguing inhabitants eager to interact with visitors. From Dr. Victoria Frankenstein's Monster and the beguiling Bride of Frankenstein to Ygor, The Invisible Man, and other enigmatic figures, guests will encounter a diverse cast roaming the eerie village, sharing tales and engaging guests of all ages.

Additionally, guests can indulge in delectable cuisine and shop for exclusive merchandise at themed dining and retail establishments throughout Dark Universe:

Das Stakehaus: A foreboding dining hall overseen by vampire "familiars," Das Stakehaus offers an array of kebabs, burgers, and sandwiches amidst a collection of artwork and artifacts chronicling Darkmoor's nocturnal history.

The Burning Blade Tavern: Transformed from a fiery windmill into a haunt for monster hunters, The Burning Blade Tavern serves burgers, wings, and bratwursts amid tales of legendary hunts and displays of captured monster heads.

De Lacey's Cottage: Located near Frankenstein Manor, De Lacey's Cottage offers snacks and cool treats such as cinnamon bread, ice cream, and twisted taters, reminiscent of the hospitality once shown to the original Frankenstein's Monster.

Visitors can also commemorate their journey with keepsakes from Pretorius' Scientific Oddities and other retail locations offering themed merchandise.

Prepare for the electrifying thrills that await in Dark Universe by exploring the new collection of themed merchandise available for a limited time at the Universal Epic Universe Preview Center and online at shop.universalorlando.com.

Stay tuned for more details about Universal Epic Universe as its grand opening approaches. For further information, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/epicuniverse.


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