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Universal Orlando Resort announces 'Epic Universe' theme park

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There's a new theme park coming soon to Florida, and this one promises to be epic.

Universal Orlando Resort sent the Internet into a frenzy last week with a single cryptic tweet hinting at the announcement of a fourth theme park.

Not many details have been released yet other than the theme park will be bigger than Islands of Adventure and will employ over 14,000 people, and their base pay will be $15 per hour.

The construction of Epic Universe also invests in the city of Orlando, including the extension of Kirkman Road.

Our own Ken Storey predicted the name would be either "Fantastic Worlds" or "Epic Universe", with the new park serving up a "greatest hits" presentation of NBC Universal's intellectual properties. However, we can see from the concept art above that this park will have dueling roller coasters, multiple indoor rides, and what looks like an outdoor performance stage.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the county is working with Universal to streamline permitting to expand the International Drive area.

"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", the company said in a statement. To that end, they're calling the new park Universal's Epic Universe. It's located near the Orange County Convention Center, a few miles south of its sibling parks.

"This is kind of a big deal", they said with a teaser about the announcement. And the resort is still expanding, even if it's not adding new parks.

"Our vision for Epic Universe is historic", said Tom Williams, CEO Universal Parks and Resorts.

Back in 2015, Universal and Nintendo announced they would bring video game-themed lands to Universal parks beginning with Japan first then Orlando and California. Combined, their attendance topped 58 million a year ago, according to the estimate, compared with about 20 million for Universal's two main parks, which rank at 11 and 14 in the world. Universal now employs approximately 25,000 people.

Many fans in the replies were excited about the news but upset that no new information was given.

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