Universal Orlando announced today that work will resume immediately on their newest theme park after being paused since last summer.

First announced August 1, 2019, Universal’s Epic Universe will be built a couple miles south of the current Universal Orlando Resort, near the Orange County Convention Center.

Major work on the project was paused last July due to the pandemic according to Comcast, Universal’s parent company.

Universal put out an official announcement today however, stating that work will now resume. They say it will take several months to reach full-speed as they re-staff and reassemble their contractor teams.

Future location for Epic Universe in relation to existing property

According to Universal, restarting Epic Universe will result in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands of jobs across Central Florida.

The Epic Universe project will infuse billions of dollars into the Florida economy – and also create more than 14,000 permanent jobs in addition to the thousands of jobs that will be created during its development.

“We are excited to begin work on Epic Universe again and for what this moment means for our industry, our community, our business and our team members,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO for Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our confidence in our collective future is as strong as ever.”

The new theme park is expected to open with several themed lands, including Orlando’s version of Super Nintendo World.