Dark Universe Announcement: Reaction and Overview

Christian McIlwain appearing to look up at Frankenstein's Monster in concept art from Universal Orlando Resort for Dark Universe coming to Universal Epic Universe

Universal has made a Dark Universe announcement about the land coming to Universal Epic Universe in Orlando next year. This is probably the land in Epic Universe I am most excited about – it could practically be my new home. I stan the monsters. I stan scary things. 

Universal Monsters and General Details

Nothing is more Universal than the Universal Monsters. The legacy of Universal Monsters is over 100 years old. Looking at some of these concept drawings, I just have to say that if we get a Creature From The Black Lagoon ride or theme, I am going to lose my mind. I love that movie so much, and it would be really cool to see it come to life. 

The portal to the land is a spire that’s crackling with electricity, which according to Universal is how the dark energy is gathered, and we’re going to see the electricity pulsating through the land. They’re calling the land “Darkmoor”. Here, the monsters are real, and the park has said they’re able to be family-friendly, but also PG-13 in what they offer.

I’m really excited to see these monsters and characters roaming the land – I want to meet these monsters so bad, so I hope there’s quite a few of them to meet. It’s also cool that you can have yourself made up to look like a monster and then go out into a monster world. 

Restaurants of Dark Universe

Das Stakehaus – a brilliant name (again, who are these people?) – is a quick-service restaurant that’s centered around the story of Dracula and vampires themselves. Universal says you may get scoped by some vampires, and honestly? Scope me out.

The burning windmill is so iconic, and I love that they’re bringing it to Dark Universe. Is it always going to be on fire? 

Inside is The Burning Blade Tavern, a quick-service dining location where the monster hunters hang out. It’s a pretty neat idea to have it located in such an iconic landmark, and I can’t wait to try it out.

The Rides of Dark Universe

Curse of the Werewolf is going to be a family-launched spinning roller coaster that follows the same story arc as the classic film The Wolf Man. You’re given bad news that you bear the curse of the werewolf. If they have that Wolf Man swing down at you while you’re launching on this roller coaster, that’s going to be really cool. It looks like a lot of fun! 

Monsters Unchained will give you the chance to meet all of the classic monsters in a new and exciting way. Inside, we’ll meet Victoria Frankenstein, the great great-great-granddaughter of Henry Frankenstein, who’s captured all of the Universal Monsters.

They’re saying that this ride will have new technology, including a sense of touch. They mentioned being able to feel the characters breathing on you as you ride. I don’t know a lot about this ride, and its announcement surprised me in the best way. I knew that the roller coaster was happening, but I don’t think I knew that there was going to be a ride like this. 

Overall Thoughts and Reaction to Dark Universe Announcement

I love that they mentioned Dark Universe is a place for the outsiders during Pride Month – happy Pride Month, everyone! Now we have a place to hang out with other “monsters”! 

Of course, Das Stakehouse and The Burning Blade look awesome. I’m really intrigued to see if the windmill is something that’s going to be constantly on fire – how are they going to manage that? 

This is this is the land I’m the most excited for, and like I said, I think that once I do all the lands once, this will usually probably be the land that I want to spend the most time in. This will be the place where I just want to chill out. I want to hang out, ride the rides, eat at Das Stakehouse, and stand in front of the burning windmill. 

As a Halloween fan, this is amazing, and I’m really intrigued to see if they do anything for Halloween Horror Nights. I mean you’ve got an area themed to the monsters right here, so is that going to tie into Halloween Horror Nights somehow? There’s just a lot of potential with this. 

I do think it’s really cool that they are nodding back to the monsters because in a way that is sort of what made Universal what it was – Frankenstein, The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon – they’re embracing these classic movies that are such an integral part of their past by building an entire land around them. 

I’m really excited for people to see it, and I’m excited to experience it myself. Now, give us the Epic Universe opening date, Universal!

What are you excited about in Dark Universe?

Christian McIlwain

Christian has been a fan of theme parks since he was a child. He has over twenty years of experience both researching and working in the industry. He grew up visiting Kennywood Park throughout his childhood. Currently, he lives in Atlanta, GA where he frequently visits Six Flags Over Georgia and Orlando area theme parks.


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