Around the Universe – Discounts and News for March 2022

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Universal’s new Epic Universe theme park is pouring foundations, refurbishment projects continue around the resort, Mardi Gras keeps rolling, and more in this month’s edition of Around the Universe!

2022 Crowd Calendar Update

Yesterday our stat wizard Fred published an update to our Universal Crowd Calendars. Turns out a lot of people are visiting Universal Orlando! Read up on the changes and future updates in his article.

News Around the Resort

As with the beginning of every year, the word of the day around the resorts is “refurbishments” (also “beignets”).

In Islands of Adventure, the exterior and interior refurbishment of Poseidon’s Fury walkthrough attraction continues. Poseidon closed in August 2020 as part of cost-cutting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has yet to reopen. Permits for pump replacements and visible exterior work began last year in preparation for reopening. With extensive work finishing up we hope the attraction reopens soon.

Meanwhile, at Seuss Landing, the Caro-Seuss-el continues its extensive exterior refurbishment and rebuilding. Universal has not yet given a reopening date for this family favorite attraction.

The rotating seasonal water ride refurbishments are progressing with Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls’ reopening today. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges closes today through mid-March for its seasonal cleaning.

After numerous reports of Fear Factor Live’s stadium demolition for a new attraction, the current version of the project appears to be canceled. The rumored plan for this area was for a Harry Potter virtual reality attraction where guests rode broomsticks originally developed for Epic Universe. At this time we are not sure if the project is moving back to Epic Universe or if it is canceled at the new park too.

Epic Updates

This month I am starting a new segment in Around the Universe – the Epic Updates! Universal’s new theme park, Epic Universe, was announced in August 2019 only for it to be put on ice in late spring 2020 due to the global pandemic. The project resumed in March 2021 and now, a year later, we are seeing the first vertical construction of the park starting.

Below is the future location of Super Nintendo World in the park. Foundations for the land along with the Donkey Kong coaster are poured.

We are starting to see outlines and grading complete for the Monsters section of Epic Universe. This land is expected to have two attractions in it, the main being a Forbidden Journey style Kuka arm dark ride.

Finally, below is the future traffic circle and roadwork that will lead into Epic Universe. The large clear area in the middle of the picture will be the parking lot for the new park.

Epic Universe is currently planned to open in 2025. Stay tuned to Touring Plans for more information as this brand new theme park progresses!

Discounts

For more deals, including discounts on vacation packages, visit the Universal Orlando website or book your Universal vacation with the TouringPlans Travel Agency.

Refurbishments and Closures

The following attractions are closed for refurbishment:

For the most up-to-date listing of refurbishments refer to the Universal Orlando website.

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