When Epic Universe opens in Orlando by summer 2025, we’ll have more than just a brand new theme park. Universal is also building several hotels and working with the county to create infrastructure to help support the new Epic resort area.
Thanks to new reports from the Orlando Utilities Commission, we get some of the most credible information on two hotel projects for Epic Universe, including the one behind the theme park itself.
Construction is now beginning on a hotel at the back of Epic Universe, as well as a second hotel located across from the new theme park. A proposed drinking water distribution plan for Orange County, along with several sanitation plans, help us learn more about these two new hotels for Epic Universe.
Project 910 – Epic Universe Main Hotel
Known as Project 910 in permits and plans, the hotel at the back of Epic Universe will have 500 rooms. This was recently confirmed in electrical permits filed with the county. Guests of this hotel will have the added benefit of being able to enter the Epic Universe theme park, connected directly to the back of the hotel, with their own special entrance to the park.
Many believe this hotel might be called “Universal’s Helios Grand Hotel”, due to a trademark application for the name that was filed by the company last year.
The Orlando Utilities Commission’s drinking water plan includes a site plan for this new hotel, which shows how it sits behind the theme park.
The site plan above shows the location of the hotel itself, near the middle right of the image, with a sunburst design emanating from its main entrance on the north side of the building. Below the hotel, on its south side, we can see a glimpse of the large round Bellagio-style fountain inside the theme park (seen in the bottom right of the image).
On the other side of the building, across from the theme park, is where guests will enter the hotel. A road leading to the Kirkman Road extension appears in the image from the left, leading to the lobby entrance and ending at the hotel car park on the right. It appears to have a parking lot with at least a second level according to the plan, as stairs can be seen leading from the shaded area to the center.
The swimming pool of this new hotel is visible on the left side of the image. It shows a poolside bar below the pool, cabanas along the right side of the pool, as well as the unique shape of the pool itself.
An interesting piece of information that can also be gleaned from this image of the site plan is the location of the future theme park parade building. It’s long been rumored that Epic Universe may be able to host a fashion show in the future. It looks like space has been allocated for a future parade building here, to the left of the hotel pool, just north of the service road above the Universal Monsters field. This service road will allow the allegorical floats to reach the central intersection of the park.
In addition to a layout plan for this new hotel, a table has been included in the report. This table shows the number of rooms the hotel will have, as well as the number of seats for each restaurant.
The hotel will have 500 rooms according to this report, which we already knew. What we didn’t know is that of the 500 rooms, only 27 will be suites with two or more bedrooms. The other 473 will be either single rooms or one-bedroom suites.
Restaurant table seating numbers are particularly illuminating, as this is entirely new information to us that has not yet been revealed by building permits. A full-service restaurant is included, which will have 300 seats. This is distinct from the full service location seen in concept art just outside the hotel, as this is licensed as part of the theme park itself.
A take-out fast food location is listed in the document, which will have 62 seats, as well as a lobby bar with 100 seats, a club lounge with 56 seats and a poolside bar with 160 seats.
As rumored since Epic Universe announced, this document proves that the hotel at the back of the park will in fact have a rooftop bar. This lounge bar is listed as having 229 seats. This lounge is rumored to have a view of a possible nighttime fireworks display, as some permits show a fireworks launch site located in the center of the drainage pond behind the hotel.
Recent notices of commencement have been filed with the county for foundation work to begin soon at this mansion. The documents indicate that DPR Construction is the contractor.
Although only land preparation and utility works appear to be underway at the site of this future hotel, a tower crane is scheduled to arrive for Project 910 on October 3, 2022. It is expected to remain on site until June 2024 What appears to be the location of this tower crane is already visible in aerial photographs.
Project 912 – Opposite the Epic Universe
The other hotel currently under construction as part of Project Epic Universe is known as Project 912. This hotel will be located at the corner of the newly expanded Kirkman Road and Universal Boulevard. A sister hotel, known as Project 913, has yet to begin construction.
These two partner hotels will be located on the south side of the new “Epic Boulevard” which will connect existing roads to Epic Universe. Rumor has it that these two hotels will act similarly to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, which includes Dockside and Surfside on either side of Universal Boulevard.
A recently released sewage plan gives us new details for this hotel, but a site plan has not been included in this report. In fact, most pages of the report have been redacted, citing an exemption from disclosure of public records due to Florida law.
The table below gives us at least an idea of the number of rooms, as well as the number of restaurants, that we can expect at the Project 912 hotel. It is rumored that this hotel will contain 750 rooms. This table does not give us a breakdown of room types like the hotel’s other document does.
The table indicates that there will be a 203-seat restaurant, as well as a 113-seat bar/lounge. These are all the eating places listed in this document, but it may be an incomplete list.
Much like the hotel at the back of the theme park, trademark applications have recently been filed which many believe are for this hotel, Project 912, and its sister resort, Project 913. One of the brand names is for “Universal’s Terra Luna Resort” and the other is for “Universal’s Stella Nova Resort”.
Although we cannot be certain that either of these brand names can be used for this future hotel, we know that the foundation work must begin now according to a notice of commencement. We also know, thanks to this notice, who will be the contractor.
With Finfrock Construction as the contractor for this hotel, we believe it will be built similarly to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, which the company also built, where the walls are first poured on the ground and then lifted into place. This allows for incredibly fast build times.
Height waivers filed with the FAA show that three cranes are due to arrive at this job site on October 25, 2022 and will be on site until March 17, 2023. This may only give them less than 5 months to raise the concrete prefabricated walls for this new hotel, if that’s how it will be built.
That’s all for now, but we’ll continue to monitor the progress of ongoing hotel projects at Epic Universe, so stay tuned for more updates. See the video below for our latest build update for the entire Epic Universe project, or check out the article version of this story.
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