While Universal’s Epic Universe is still very much under construction, one element may be completed up to a year before the theme park opens, according to Orlando Business Journal‘s Richard Bilbao.
Bilbao reports that a hotel located inside the park is expected to be finished well before the park thanks to Real Capital Analytics, a database of commercial real estate transactions updated in real-time. The database describes “Universal’s Epic Universe Hotel One” as a “500-unit, full-service hotel developed by Universal Studios to be completed by Q4 2023.” Currently, the park is expected to open sometime in 2025. The hotel is speculated to be on the north side of the park, adjacent to a Classic Monsters land and a third chapter of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Last November, the company issued a survey about hotel options for the park that may be connected to this project.
Meanwhile, Universal has also filed a permit to construct a second, 750-room hotel likely to be built along Universal Boulevard, not far from Epic Universe. Very little is known about the project as of the writing of this article, but this would give Universal Orlando Resort ten hotels, with 10,250 rooms across the entire resort.
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