In addition to the Super Nintendo World land we know will open as part of the upcoming Universal’s Epic Universe, there are rumors going around that work has recently started on something in Orlando for another Nintendo property… Pokémon.
While there aren’t many details at this time, I have heard murmurs about something being designed that will be based on the Pokémon property, including the possibility of a Pokémon Gym being designed. It’s still too early to know for sure what that means, but let’s dive into some speculation on where—and when—we might see something related to Pokémon show up in Orlando.
I have spoken about the expansion land beside Super Nintendo World at Epic Universe being earmarked for additional Nintendo attractions, and Pokémon was definitely at the top of the shortlist, but, is it really that likely that they are ALREADY working on an expansion land when they have so many other things to do first for the new park?
Another theory is that the building marked “Unknown” on the concept art image above could be a Pokémon Gym, and it could possibly be ready on opening day, along with the rest of the park. That way, Pokémon already has a presence in the park from the start. Maybe they could offer some type of interactive experience? Heck, maybe the reason it is facing the hub is so you can pick up (purchase) your Pokémon hunting kit with a Pokedex and search around the hub, or even the entire park, to find Pokémon hiding in the windows, etc… That might just be wishful thinking on my part though.
Another possibility is that work may already be underway for those rumored plans of a Pokémon land replacing KidsZone at Universal Studios Florida. We thought those plans were canceled last year, but perhaps they were just postponing them for a bit so they could catch up on other projects?
And one more theory I want to throw out there, and this is a weird one, but what if this has something to do with the closing down of four stores and combining them into one parcel at Universal CityWalk? Could an interactive Pokémon Gym, (along with more Nintendo merchandise,) be a possible addition to CityWalk?
While most of the folks I have spoken with assume the work being done now likely has something to do with Epic Universe, I can’t help but wonder if bringing something related to Nintendo into CityWalk could be a way to utilize the property in some way between now and the opening of the new park. Why wait three years when we could see something open in just a matter of months? Even if it was just a small Nintendo themed store in Universal CityWalk, with a Pokémon gym themed section and a couple Pokémon character figure photo ops, it might be worth doing. But hey, that’s just a guess.
What do you think? Do you think the KidsZone plans are back on the table? Or that work is already starting for something related to Pokémon at the new park? Or do you have a different theory? Leave your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more rumors and news for Super Nintendo World in Orlando as it happens. Check out our recent posts for more information on the permits and site plans released for Super Nintendo World and How to Train Your Dragon land at Epic Universe.
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