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In continued efforts to keep up with rival Disney, Universal announces a new theme park opening in Orlando, Florida, The Washington Post reports. News of the expansion arrives just weeks before the launch of Disney’s much-anticipated new Star Wars theme park.

“This is a major competitive program with Disney, there’s no question about it,” says Dennis Speigel, president of consulting firm International Theme Park Services. “They’re coming on strong.”

Universal will be expanding its presence in Orlando, opening new hotels, restaurants, and shops, in addition to a new theme park called Universal’s Epic Universe.

“Our new park represents the single largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said in a statement. “It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”

Following completion, Universal Orlando Resort will boast three major theme parks and one water park, including Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. Epic Universe will be positioned on a 750-acre plot located just a few miles from the existing resort, as Universal will offer transportation to link each section. In comparison, Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista has four theme parks and two water parks.

As it stands, however, Universal has yet to reveal how large the park will be, what types of rides will be featured, and when it will open. Insiders suspect Epic Universe will house a Nintendo-themed area inspired by DreamWorks films, as well as a Harry Potter section.

Universal’s two main parks currently rank 11 and 14 in the world in terms of attendance, while Disney’s four Central Florida parks are in the top 10.

For more on Universal’s new theme park, Epic Universe, visit The Washington Post.

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