Theme park fans had a new reason to get excited when last year, Universal Studios announced a third new park coming to their Orlando resort. Called Epic Universe, it would contain several unique lands themed to beloved properties. Among them are a Super Nintendo World, a land based on the
This may not be the the most kid-friendly choice, but it’s one that we expect to be very,
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This Universal Monsters land looks to showcase at least two main attractions, according to the report. And there appear to be some smaller buildings for the usual dining, shopping, and likely character meet and greets. One of the main attractions is said to be a classic-style dark ride, which will feature most of the original Universal Monsters. So expect to see not only Frankenstein’s monster, but also Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The classic monsters has been one of Universal’s most lucrative franchises for almost nine decades, as both
Nevertheless, Universal still makes a ton of money off of the classic iterations of their monsters via merchandising. All which suggests people still love the original black and white versions, even it it’s just for the iconography. The studio has found a way in recent years to reinvent those movies as elaborate mazes for Halloween Horror Nights. These attractions evoke the old films, while updating the scare factor for modern audiences. But given the long lines for those mazes, it suggests even young people love the idea of those old creature feature icons.
While centering a new land on Frankenstein makes all the sense in the world, hopefully the other monsters get representation beyond just character meet and greets. The report suggests a boat ride through the Black Lagoon as part of a potential expansion, but what about a live theater show with the Phantom of the Opera? A walk-though attraction of Dracula’s castle, where you encounter his bloodthirsty brides? The possibilities for making this the coolest land in all of the modern theme parks is boundless.