New Details About Dark Universe Coming To Universal Epic Universe In 2025

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Are you ready to enter into the world of Legendary Monsters? Welcome to Dark Universe, one of the new lands coming to Universal Orlando’s Epic Universe when the new park opens in 2025.

Created by the award-winning Universal Creative team in partnership with Universal Pictures, Dark Universe blends the iconic stories of unearthly legends like Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, and more with a new generation of monsters and characters, including Dr. Victoria Frankenstein – the great-great-granddaughter of the infamous Henry Frankenstein who has continued his misguided experiments.

What is the Dark Universe? Read on to find out!


Darkmoor Village Entrance - Dark Universe

The journey to Dark Universe begins the moment you enter its electrifying portal, which harnesses the dark energy of Darkmoor. As you step inside, that same energy will pulsate throughout the entire village and connect at the top of Frankenstein Manor – the towering focal point of Dark Universe. Nestled within the blackened stone walls of the town, you will embark on unique adventures where you can get made up to look like your favorite monsters, spin through the woods aboard a thrilling family coaster, enjoy unique dining establishments, enter Frankenstein Manor to brave Universal Orlando’s most chilling ride ever, and more.

Thrilling yet unsettling attractions!

•  Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment – Universal Orlando’s most terrifying attraction yet, this state-of-the-art dark ride takes you deep into the catacombs of Frankenstein Manor, where Dr. Victoria Frankenstein conducts her twisted experiments. In a vain display of her genius, she invites everyone into her laboratory to witness a demonstration of her ability to control monsters – but her plans go awry when her attempts to control the most dangerous of monsters, Dracula, fail, unleashing a horde of enraged monsters. You are then thrust into an intense ride through the darkness as they try to evade the grasps of The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Brides of Dracula, and others.

Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment - Dark Universe

•  Curse of the Werewolf – In the woods on the edge of Darkmoor, you’ll find Curse of the Werewolf, a spinning family coaster inspired by “The Wolf Man.” You’ll enter the encampment of The Guild of Mystics, where you will be greeted by the Maleva, the guild’s all-knowing seer and leader, who warns thank you bear the mark of the werewolf. You then board a wagon and venture into the forest – racing to escape the werewolves before you become one yourself.

Curse of the Werewolf - Dark Universe

•  Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience – Get ready to become fashionably monstrous as you don elaborate face paint and temporary tattoos at Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience. Here, monster makers have converted Dr. Pretorius’ infamous old lab into a parlor to continue the spirit of his demented experiments, and skilled artisans use their talents to transform your outer appearances to showcase your fandom for the Universal Monsters.

Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience - Dark Universe

•  Meet the Monsters – There’s always someone…or something…looming in the shadows of Dark Universe – including Monsters who are eager to meet and greet everyone from kids to adults, including Dr. Victoria Frankenstein’s Monster and the alluring Bride of Frankenstein. You’ll also encounter other unusual inhabitants roaming the eerie village, including Victoria Frankenstein’s servant, Ygor, The Invisible Man, an eccentric monster hunter, and a talented musician who regales everyone with songs and tales of the classic Universal Monsters stories.

Meet the Monsters - Dark Universe

Ominous Refreshments

Get ready to sink your teeth into delicious fare and shop all-new merchandise and apparel during your visit to Dark Universe!

•  Das Stakehaus – Darkmoor’s most ominous restaurant. This dining hall is run by vampire “familiars” who size up unsuspecting patrons to be part of the vampires’ feast. Surrounded by artwork and artifacts detailing the history of the village’s creatures of the night, you can enjoy a menu of kebabs, burgers, sandwiches, and more.

Das Stakehaus - Dark Universe

•  The Burning Blade Tavern – Despite the blades of the windmill still smoldering and flaming periodically, Darkmoor’s monster hunters have transformed this old fiery mill into their favorite hangout. While enjoying a menu of burgers, wings, bratwurst, pretzels, and specialty beverages, guests will hear stories of the infamous “Hounds” – boastful hunters from beyond Darkmoor – all while surrounded by an impressive display of the monster heads they consider their “trophies.”

The Burning Blade Tavern - Dark Universe

•  De Lacey’s Cottage – Near Frankenstein Manor sits De Lacey’s Cottage food stand, where the original Frankenstein’s Monster once received sustenance and friendship. Here, you can find a variety of snacks and cool treats like cinnamon bread, ice cream, twisted taters, and more.

Pretorius’ Scientific Oddities: With commemorative merchandise and mementos, you can take home a piece of the immortal world of Dark Universe.

Dark Universe - Bat's-eye View

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