At a Q&A session this week, Comcast (who own NBC Universal), alluded to the fact that they were ‘looking into’ a new theme park, adding “we love the theme park business. It’s one of our best, most consistent businesses.” This comment is one of the strongest signs we’ve seen so far that Universal are planning to expand their theme park offering again, after the opening of Volcano Bay last year.
Universal also recently purchased some property south-east of their current theme parks and built an access road to the new land. This, coupled with news that various patents have been filed by Universal for “entertainment services in the nature of amusement park and theme park services”, means that the rumour mill is now fully up and running! The new trademarked name is “Fantastic Worlds”, which came out top in a Universal survey of new names which included “Epic Worlds”, “Legendary Worlds”, “Legendary Lands” and “DreamPark”.
For us, this name ties in extremely well with the Fantastic Beasts films, a spin-off of the Harry Potter series and a hugely popular IP for the park to turn into an interactive and immersive world of magic. There have long been rumours that a new expansion would be focused around The Ministry of Magic, and this could be the perfect opportunity to tie these two worlds together.
We know there are also plans in the works for the largest Nintendo Land in the world, so it would make sense for this to also sit within the new park as it doesn’t fit in with the film theme of Universal Studios or the comic book theme behind Islands of Adventure. Attractions set to be included will be based on iconic characters from Mario Kart, Zelda and Donkey Kong.
Other worlds which have been slated to be featured in the new theme park include Jurassic World and Lord of the Rings. With the iconic Jurassic park ride closing at Universal Studios Hollywood to be made into a whole themed world, it makes sense that something similar will also follow at Universal Studios Hollywood. Whether this coincides with a move into a whole new theme park, we’ll have to wait and see!
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a while to find out, with experts speculating that any new park would not open before 2023/2024, which is coincidentally the same year that the last film from the Fantastic Beasts film is expected to be released. The delay could have something to do with the fact that Super Nintendo World preparations have already begun in Japan and will also mean that Universal have time to expand their hotel offerings to cope with the demand a new park could bring.
If you can’t wait that long before your next visit, keep your eyes peeled for updates on another new exciting development for the Universal parks – the opening of a brand-new Harry Potter attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2019. Click here to buy your tickets for 2018 and 2019.
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