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New Aerial Photos Show Construction Progress of Universal’s Epic Universe [Part #13] 

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It’s been a little while since our last update! You can read part #12 here

Approximately 48 hours ago, Twitter user @bioreconstruct posted a number of new and detailed aerial photos which show the construction progress of Universal’s Epic Universe. 

With that being said, let’s take a look at @bioreconstruct’s latest aerial photos of Epic Universe. 

PLEASE NOTE: Original captions for the photos will be provided (find at the bottom of the article). This will allow you, the reader, to know what you are looking at. Additionally, click on the image to enlarge it. 

Epic Universe

Universal Monsters Land 

Wizarding World (Harry Potter) Land 

How To Train Your Dragon Land 

Super Nintendo World 

Extra 

High-Speed Dual-Racing Roller Coaster 


Photo Captions

Epic Universe

  • Image #1: Aerial overview (Jan 6, 2023) of Universal’s Epic Universe. Some recent changes:
    • More track for the dual racing coaster and How to Train Your Dragon coaster
    • 4th excavation in central corridor seems done
    • In-park hotel road has roofed underpass
    • Park entrance taking shape
  • Image #2: Aerial look at part of Epic Universe:
    • 1: Dual-racing coaster track
    • 2: Dual-racing coaster supports
    • 3: Recently placed track for How To Train Your Dragon coaster
    • 4: Station of Dragon coaster, most track here recently covered for protection during construction
  • Image #3: In this aerial of Epic Universe:
    • 1: How To Train Your Dragon coaster
    • 2: Dual-racing roller coaster
    • 3: Harry Potter-related land
    • 4: In-park hotel
    • 5: Fountain basin
    • 6: Water-based attraction
    • 7: Recent excavation
  • Image #4: In this aerial of Epic Universe:
    • 1: Park entrance
    • 2, 3, 4, 5: Park’s central corridor features
    • 6: In-park hotel
    • 7: Harry Potter-related land
    • 8: Dual-racing coaster
    • 9: How To Train Your Dragon coaster
    • 10: Super Nintendo World
    • 11: Classic Monsters land
  • Image #5: Aerial overview of Universal’s Epic Universe.
  • Image #6: Aerial overview of Universal’s Epic Universe
  • Image #7: Aerial overview of Universal’s Epic Universe.
  • Image #8: Aerial overview of Universal’s Epic Universe. Including the expansion of Kirkman Rd, and (to the right) the Epic Blvd road to day guest parking. Downtown Orlando skyline on horizon. Portofino Bay Resort and USF/IOA/VB parking garages at arrow.

Universal Monsters Land 

  • Image #9: Aerial overview of the roller coaster in Classic Monsters land. Arrow at first track placed (now covered for protection as construction continues).
  • Image #10: Aerial look at how remarkably close roller coaster footers are to a building in Classic Monsters land at Epic Universe.
  • Image #11: Aerial look at steel frame for the village buildings in Classic Monsters land.
    • 1: Portal to the land
    • 2: Ramp to the featured attraction
    • 3: First track placed (and now covered) for a roller coaster
    • 4: Western extent of the in-park hotel
  • Image #12: Zoom into this aerial photo and at the center is framing for the roofline of village buildings in Classic Monsters land:
    • Left: Featured attraction
    • Right: Portal to land
  • Image #13: Aerial overview of Classic Monsters land in Epic Universe. Portal to the land at arrow.
  • Image #14: A nearly straight-down aerial look at Classic Monsters land in Epic Universe.
  • Image #15: Aerial look at the portal and village of Classic Monsters land. Vertical pipes on the portal roof will support theming. Portals to have similar layout, and unique theming. Framing for a few village roofs also seen.
  • Image #16: Aerial look at the roller coaster site in Classic Monsters land. Arrow at recently placed track, now covered.
  • Image #17: Aerial overview of Classic Monsters land in Epic Universe.
  • Image #18: Aerial overview of Classic Monsters land in Epic Universe.
  • Image #19: Aerial photo in Classic Monsters land in Epic Universe:
    • 1: Manor fronting the featured attraction
    • 2: Roller coaster track. Covered.
    • 3: Concrete work in progress outside a small building in the land.
  • Image #20: Aerial photo of the roller coaster station in Classic Monsters land. There seems to be covered track at the platform.
  • Image #21: Aerial look at scaffolding on the manor fronting the featured attraction in Classic Monsters land.

Wizarding World (Harry Potter) Land 

  • Image #22: Aerial look at part of a Harry Potter-related land in Epic Universe. Facades now have identifiable mansard rooflines (arrow) of the Haussmann building style seen in Paris.
  • Image #23: Aerial look at some of the city blocks in a Harry Potter-related land in Epic Universe. These facades seem to be taking shape of the Haussmann building style seen in Paris.
  • Image #24: Aerial look at construction of city blocks in an area of a Harry Potter-related land in Epic Universe. The building at center is very different from others in this land (concrete construction instead of steel frame).
  • Image #25: Aerial look at city block construction in a Harry Potter-related land in Epic Universe. A story is unfolding where most of the buildings in this land are steel frame, and one of the buildings (at right) is concrete construction.
  • Image #26: Aerial look at a Harry Potter-related land at Epic Universe. The front part of the featured attraction show building has roofs of varying heights. Arrow where a service stairway opens behind the parapet (low wall) at one of the roofs.
  • Image #27: Aerial look at a street that ends at a facade, in a Harry Potter-related land in Epic Universe. Arrow at mansard roof frames that seem to indicate the facades will look like Haussmann buildings in Paris.
  • Image #28: Aerial look at construction of city blocks in a Harry Potter-related land of Epic Universe:
    • 1: Portal to this land
    • 2 & 3: Buildings facing the park’s central corridor; not in the land
    • 4: In-park hotel
  • Image #29: Aerial look at the entrance area of a Harry Potter-related land. Portal into the land at left. Arrow at a pair of foundations believed to be for a copy of the Porte Saint-Denis arch in Paris. Building facades seem to have mansard roof frames of the Haussmann building style.

How To Train Your Dragon Land 

  • Image #30: Aerial look at How To Train Your Dragon land:
    • 1 & 2: Station and recently added track of a terrain and water hugging roller coaster
    • 3: The Great Hall
    • 4: Theater attraction
    • 5 & 6: Track and staging of separate dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe
    • 7:Park entrance
  • Image #31: Aerial look at the recently placed track for the How To Train Your Dragon land roller coaster.
  • Image #32: Aerial look at station construction for the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster. Much of the track here is covered in tubes to prevent damage as construction continues in Epic Universe.
  • Image #33: Aerial overview of How To Train Your Dragon land.
  • Image #34: Nearly straight down aerial overview of How To Train Your Dragon land in Epic Universe. Connected concrete areas at right are for an attraction outside the land. A dual-racing roller coaster.
  • Image #35: Aerial overview of the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster station. Much of the track is covered with tubing to prevent damage as construction continues.
  • Image #36: Aerial look at roller coaster construction in How To Train Your Dragon land. Arrow at a pre-cast concrete wall section ready to be placed at the service building nearby. Much of the track here is covered in tubing to prevent damage.
  • Image #37: Aerial look at construction of a theater attraction in How to Train Your Dragon land.
  • Image #38: Aerial look at The Great Hall area of How To Train Your Dragon land.

Super Nintendo World 

  • Image #39: Aerial overview of the densely multi-level Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe. Arrow at portal to this land.
  • Image #40: Aerial overview of Super Nintendo World in Universal’s Epic Universe.
  • Image #41: Aerial photo of the front of Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe:
    • 1: Mount Beanpole
    • 2: Yellow track of Yoshi’s Adventure
    • 3: Portal to the land
    • 4: Building outside the land, but believed will be a cafe and gift shop still available to guests when the land is at capacity.
  • Image #42: Aerial look at front of Super Nintendo World:
    • 1: Portal to the land
    • 2: Mount Beanpole
    • 3: Yoshi’s Adventure route
    • 4: Mario Kart
    • 5: Donkey Kong roller coaster
    • 6: Gift shop/cafe outside the land
  • Image #43: Aerial overview of the front of Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe. This area is densely multi-level. There’s a route for the crane to exit the central courtyard.
  • Image #44: Aerial look at yellow route of Yoshi’s Adventure in Super Nintendo World. Arrow at an interesting railing. Tall frame at center is Mount Beanpole.
  • Image #45: Aerial photo showing the densely multi-level front of Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe.
  • Image #46: Aerial overview of the Donkey Kong roller coaster. Compare to five months ago in first Tweet of this Thread (Image #47). All track in place, most of the mock track also placed. Much of the ride enclosed.
  • Image #47: Aerial overview of Super Nintendo World:
    • 1: Donkey Kong track
    • 2: Shiny vertical steel frame on roof of DK show building
    • 3: Mario Kart
    • 4: Yoshi’s Adventure
  • Image #48: Aerial look at the outside portions of the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World. Arrow at a good view of how the ride works. Actual track is sideways, below mock traditional 2-rail track. Ride has gaps in the mock track where cars will seem to leap.
  • Image #49: Aerial look at some of the Donkey Kong roller coaster track:
    • 1: A gap in the mock 2-rail traditional track. Believed to be a skim above-water feature here.
    • 2 & 3: Areas where there are supports for the mock track. Actual ride track is sideways, car will seem to be on mock track.
  • Image #50: Aerial of view of some of the remaining track visible at the Donkey Kong roller coaster. It’s believed this area will be themed as a jungle. Also believed that water features for the ride are at the arrow. Worker nearby adds scale.
  • Image #51: Aerial overview of Super Nintendo World at Universal’s Epic Universe.

Extra – High-Speed Dual-Racing Roller Coaster 

  • Image #52: Aerial look at track for the high-speed dual-racing roller coaster in Universal’s Epic Universe. This track is near the central corridor of the park.
  • Image #53: Aerial look at high-speed dual-racing roller coaster track placed near the central corridor of Universal’s Epic Universe.
  • Image #54: Aerial look at some of the track for a high-speed dual-racing roller coaster in Universal’s Epic Universe.
  • Image #55 & #56: Aerial photos of track staged for the high-speed dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe. Area seen in #55 photo will be a section of day guest parking.
  • Image #57: Aerial look at track supports placed in back portion of the high-speed dual-racing coaster at Epic Universe.
  • Image #58: Aerial look at a portion of the dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe:
    • 1: Cast footers, ready for supports
    • 2: Footer rebar cast in sheet foundation
    • 3: Cylindrical concrete footer molds
    • 4: Frames for bolting track supports to footers
  • Image #59: Aerial look at work in the back portion of the dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe:
    • 1: Supports staged
    • 2: Utility excavation
    • 3: Track placed for separate roller coaster in How To Train Your Dragon land.
  • Image #60: Aerial look at the dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe:
    • 1,2,3: Black waterproofing on concrete walls indicates where ground level will eventually be.
    • 4: Bolts seen in pedestal that will be buried. Likely for signature artwork and naming of the coaster.
  • Image #61: Aerial look at dual-racing roller coaster track placed near the central corridor of Epic Universe.
  • Image #62: Aerial look at track placed for the dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe.

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You can find all our Epic Universe coverage here. Stay tuned to Orlando Theme Park Zone for more Orlando theme park-related news and information. 

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