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Can you believe we’re (hopefully) just about a year away from the opening of Epic Universe in Orlando?


While no official opening date has been announced yet, it’s long been mentioned that Universal plans to have the new park open “certainly in time for Summer 2025,” and we count that as being less than a year away! But what’s construction looking like? Will they be able to meet this timeline? Let’s take a look!

Epic Universe will nearly double the size of Universal Orlando Resort, but that’s hard to imagine while the park is still being built. Thanks to amazing aerial photos by @bioreconstruct on X/Twitter though, we get a better look at what a park THAT big looks like, and from the looks of it, tons of testing is going on!

A meandering curve of fountains can be seen in this aerial photo of Epic Universe. From Atlantic restaurant at top of the photo, to the splash pad at center.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 7, 2024

At the front of the park, in Celestial Park, the fountain has been filled with water to begin testing the attraction — so exciting!

Aerial overview of the Epic Universe show fountain, filled for testing.
There’s concrete forms for a compass rose type of star in the walkway above the rocky cascade at the fountain.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 7, 2024

And overall, the front of the park is coming along very nicely. It really is starting to take shape!

Aerial overview of the front of Epic Universe.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 7, 2024

The Helios Grand Hotel also appears to be making great progress. We can’t believe just how massive this hotel is!

Aerial overview of Helios Grand Hotel and Celestial Park areas.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 7, 2024

Also in Celestial Park, Stardust Racers is also testing! This likely means that the coaster itself is likely complete.

Aerial photo of a Stardust Racers cresting the Celestial Spin element in testing. In normal operation two trains will cross over each other as they spin, rising and falling.

In Epic Universe.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 8, 2024

We’re also starting to see trees pop up around the park as well, which is a great step. These trees have been placed around Atlantic Hotel in Celestial Park.

At center of this aerial photo are recently added trees near Atlantic restaurant in Epic Universe.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 7, 2024

But that’s not the only place trees have been planted! Check out these that help reveal the streets of Paris in the new Wizarding World section!

Aerial overview of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Epic Universe.
Interesting design so that most first time guests have a surprise reveal of Paris. A restaurant is in front of the portal. The portal has a wall directing guests around tall trees. Then the reveal.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 8, 2024

Looking briefly into Super Nintendo World, not only is major progress being made on the theming of the area...


…but Donkey Kong Mine Cart Madness is looking fantastic too!

Aerial photo of Donkey Kong Mine Cart Madness in Epic Universe.

In foreground is a ramp leading to a raised traffic circle.

— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 8, 2024

But what are things looking like on the ground? Well over at Terra Luna and Stella Nova Resorts, things are looking great!

Stella Nova Resort

Being on the ground, it’s wild to see just HOW big this new park (and surrounding hotels) are!

Terra Luna Resort

When driving around the Terra Luna and Stella Nova Resort areas, you can also see just how much of the area still has yet to be developed!

Construction from a far!

We also spotted some buildings being built that we aren’t totally sure what they’ll be just yet!

What will these be? We don’t know just yet!

We’re loving watching the latest construction updates happen in real time, so stay tuned to DFB for the latest news!

Bob Iger has responded to a HUGE Disney criticism!

What are you most looking forward to experiencing in this new park? Tell us in the comments!

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