Work on the new theme park was paused in July of 2020 due to the pandemic. The re-start will begin immediately, though will likely take several months before reaching full speed as Universal re-staffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.
“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. “It is our single-largest investment in the state and represents our enthusiasm for the spectacular park and the economic opportunities it will generate.”
Restarting construction on the new theme park is expected to bring in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands across Central Florida. The project is also expected to infuse billions of dollars into the local economy, as well as create an additional 14,000+ permanent jobs.
“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 Willliams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”
Universal’s Epic Universe will feature a new theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, retail shops, restaurants, and more, and will be located on a 750-acre site south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard.
“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 worker who will benefit from this massive project. I am confident it will deliver a huge economic boost to Orange County.”
“Our vision for Epic Universe is historic,” continued Williams 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.”