An anonymous source has leaked photos from a handout allegedly shared in a Comcast employee town hall that sheds new light on Universal Orlando’s upcoming unannounced theme park, according to Alicia Stella of Orlando ParkStop.
Disclaimer: Unless where otherwise noted, the following is rumor and speculation, and should not be regarded as fact unless confirmed by the companies mentioned.
This past December, a photo circulated on Twitter that appeared to be a slide from the aforementioned Comcast town hall, depicting previously unseen art and the rumored name for Universal’s new park, Universal’s Fantastic Worlds. This new document shared by Stella was meant to accompany that presentation.
In the handout, the initial paragraphs list Universal’s parks around the world, mention revenue, and the “continued success” of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood, Minion area in Japan, and Volcano Bay in Orlando.
The document goes on to say that Universal’s “major competition” in the theme park industry (likely meaning Disney) has not had much “aggressive competition,” saying that Comcast will increase its investment in the parks over the next five years.
At this point in the document, we get to the new details on Universal’s yet to be announced park, Universal’s Fantastic Worlds.
The handout says, “This brand new theme park, titled Universal’s Fantastic Worlds, will turn the Universal Orlando Resort from a two-, or three-day travel destination to a week-long vacation destination. The Fantastic Worlds name signifies the many beloved ‘Worlds’ from all types of media that our guests want to step into, experience and explore, in a fully immersive way – from rides, to restaurants, shows, shops, and even restrooms.”
From this paragraph, it’s clear that Universal is seeking to create a whole new experience with this park, with the goal to create an immersive experience that will make guests want to visit and stay for an entire vacation, rather than just make a quick stop.
The document then goes into new details that we’ve not heard rumored before, saying that the new park will be located “along Universal Boulevard and will be one of the largest parks we’ve built to date.”
It also mentions that the park will be built with large expansion areas to allow for the ‘World’ of any movie, TV show, video game or other media to be included in the park. Normally, theme parks will include expansion room for single attractions – but the thought of leaving room for entire theme lands? This could help keep Fantastic Worlds fresh and relevant as the pop culture landscape changes over time.
The next quote from the handout is easily the most exciting and revealing part of this entire leak. It reads, “Whilst our creative teams are still in the early stages of developing this new park, we can already reveal some more details besides just the name. The park will be designed in a ‘hub and spoke’ design, with a central icon and space, known as a ‘hub,’ allowing for easy wayfinding between the many immersive ‘Worlds.’”
This revelation brings many questions to mind, as this new hub and spoke design will be a first for Universal parks. With each world offering its own “portal” to enter. This could mean giant TVs, books, or other massive structures to serve as our passageway into these brand-new immersive worlds.
The following paragraphs detail some of what guests can expect from this new park particularly the new Nintendo area, though it is very hard to read. We can make this out:
All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through screen will now be all around you […]
- These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They will be highly themed and authentic […] filled with multiple attractions,attractions, shops and restaurants
- Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life.
- There will be something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & […] Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world.
We can’t wait to reveal more of the new park in the next few years.
We certainly share that sentiment! This park seems to want to take immersive theming in this industry to the next level.
But will it be named “Universal’s Fantastic Worlds”? According to someone on InsideUniversal, this name could hit a roadblock in the future, due to a filing from Warner Brothers.
The studio has recently filed two extensions on the “Time to Oppose for Good Cause” related to Universal’s trademark of the “Fantastic Worlds” name. There has not yet been a formal objection to the name, so only time will tell if “Fantastic Worlds” becomes the new park’s official title.
We assume the name brings them pause because of how similar it is to “Fantastic Beasts,” which is one of the rumored worlds in the new park. (The rumored “Worlds” are Super Nintendo World, Fantastic Beasts, DreamWorks, Jurassic World, and Universal Monsters.)
Despite all this new information, we’re still in the early stages of learning about this new park – and it hasn’t even been announced! We still have so much to learn.