Universal Orlando park announces a new Universal Monsters world coming soon

The trailer for the new Universal Epic Universe park promises a horror-themed section featuring the Wolf Man, Dracula, and Frankenstein's Monster.

Classic horror fans, rejoice! If you ever wanted to ride a merry-go-round with the Mummy or eat cotton candy alongside the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you may just have a chance.

Universal Orlando Resort has announced a new theme park coming in 2025, dubbed "Universal Epic Universe". In the trailer, they say that they've asked fans what they want more of — and this new park will deliver.

Universal Epic Universe is going to be composed of five different worlds, based around different properties and concepts. There's Celestial Park, a botanic and astrology-themed section, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Ministry of Magic (partially based on the 1920s world of the Fantastic Beasts franchise), How to Train Your Dragon, Super Mario World, and Dark Universe.

If "Dark Universe" sounds familiar, it's because that was the planned name for a series of films rebooting the classic Universal monsters within a shared universe. The first was the 2017 Tom Cruise film The Mummy, but after the movie disappointed critically and financially, the rest of the films were put on the shelf.

Universal has since revisited the classic monsters, but in stand-alone films instead of a shared universe, with 2020's The Invisible Man, 2023's Renfield, and The Last Voyage of the Demeter, also in 2023.

The Dark Universe section of the new park promises an "ominous and chilling experience" that will "breathe new life into the Universal monster family." The trailer shows Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, and Dracula posing ominously.

The official description on Universal Orlando's website reads "From the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein to a shadowy landscape where monsters roam, Dark Universe is a world of myth and mystery."

What do you think? Will you be going to tour Frankenstein's lab, or the Black Lagoon?

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16 Comments

Stoney 20 days ago
Could be cool if they do it right
musicman37 20 days ago
It all sounds incredibly lame. I'm not into Harry Potter or the other crap they're planning, and the Dark Universe plays with the iconic images we've grown to know and love. I predict nothing but immense disappointment in their presentation, unless you're 8 or easily impressed.
bmoore4026 20 days ago
They're redesigning all the characters, though, so they won't look like originally did in the 30s-40s. Still, it'll be the core group: Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Mummy, who hopefully is modelled after the 90s version.
Erinkittle 20 days ago
Contrary to the very popular belief, Victor Frankenstein was NOT mad, i.e., insane. He says very early in the story that he created the creature to “banish disease.” The author, Mary Shelley, lost her very young children to disease. And Victor, i.e., Mary, hoped that his scientific work (the creature) would lead to a discovery about curing childhood disease. And Victor was NOT Dr. Frankenstein. He was a school dropout. (My comment here is about the novel, NOT the Hollywood movie.)
Rick 21 days ago
Doesn't Gwengoolie do some haunting at the Universal Park in California? Maybe will be able to meet her in Florida soon!
MrsPhilHarris Rick 21 days ago
Not sure. 🤔
FrankensteinLover 21 days ago
Hopefully they really use there likeness for what they really look like and not all this knock off stuff. I love anything to do with the Universal Monsters.
harlow1313 21 days ago
I am quite attracted to Elsa Lanchester's unique look when she portrays Mary Shelley in "The Bride of Frankenstein." A bit odd and pretty. I own a detailed figurine of Elsa in her Bride garb.

It was a bit disconcerting to see her in "Willard."

If we live long enough, aging is a struggle we all face.

C'est la vie.
She was quite pretty as Mary Shelley.
BrittReid harlow1313 20 days ago
She had a fantastic look as the 'Bride'. She later appeared in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and had the silver streaks in her hair. Tell me that was wasn't a homage .
cperrynaples harlow1313 19 days ago
I actually saw Willard in a theater and was surprized it made it to Svengoolie!
Bapa1 21 days ago
Hopefully when it opens up, just like Abbott and Costello, I can meet Frankenstein.
musicman37 Bapa1 20 days ago
No, but you'll be able to meet the 2025 version of his creature.
Bapa1 21 days ago
I would go to that in a second. Loved the Universal monsters. Built the Aurora models, watched the movies. Went to Universal in CA in 1975 and even bought a book about their monsters.
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