Epic Universe Update: Mack Roller Coaster Track Arrives, Yoshi Track Installed, and Hub Fountain Pipes

Roller coaster track is already on site for the Donkey Kong mine cart coaster and the How to Train Your Dragon roller coaster. Now, new roller coaster track has shown up for what may be the most thrilling attraction at Epic Universe.

The new track is being staged at the construction site for Universal Orlando’s upcoming theme park, which is being built a couple miles south of their existing theme parks, located near the Orange County Convention Center. See the video version of this story for additional visuals.

Aerial view of future Epic Universe theme park, Aerial Photos: Bioreconstruct

We have been expecting ride track from Mack Rides for at least one major attraction at the new theme park. A massive two-track steel roller coaster is seen in concept art and plans for Epic Universe.

Hub-facing dual track racing coaster highlighted on official concept art

This massive roller coaster is not part of any of the park’s main four themed lands, but is instead expected to have its own ride entrance directly off of the park’s central hub area.

The new roller coaster track and supports that recently showed up were first spotted by Bioreconstruct, a theme park enthusiast who posts aerial photographs taken above the Orlando area parks.

The track pieces appear to be yellow, green, and black in color. Some have theorized that the yellow and green track could be for the two different circuits of the large roller coaster, while the few black sections may be used within the station or maintenance areas.

This may only be the first of several track deliveries, as this does not appear to be all that will be needed for such a large coaster project.

Recent shipping reports for Mack Rides materials sent to Universal Orlando, Source: importyeti.com

Recent shipping reports indicate that multiple shipments of “Amusement Ride Project” components were on their way to Universal Orlando. The hub racing coaster has been rumored to have been manufactured by Mack Rides.

Staged coaster track with on-site concrete plant on bottom-right

The track pieces are being staged near the on-site concrete plant on the corner of the Epic Universe property. This is directly adjacent to the area of the park where the hub coaster will be constructed.

Red is where track is staged, yellow is approximate hub coaster location

This multi-launch coaster will feature two tracks, which will race side by side for most of the duration, and are each estimated to be more than 5,000 feet long. This attraction could possibly reach speeds as high as 70 mph, although these details have not yet been confirmed.

Possible track layout for racing coaster at Epic Universe

This attraction will be the longest, and fastest roller coaster attraction at Epic Universe. You can watch the video below for a possible POV of what this attraction may be like, based on current plans and rumors.

Only coaster footings have been installed for this massive new attraction so far, and mainly in the area closest to the theme park’s central hub. Currently it appears that foundations are being poured below the coaster attraction’s station area.

Hub coaster footers installed and foundations being poured

Wide view of entire coaster area, with most coaster work happening on far right of image

Staged coaster track and supports at Epic Universe site

While we do believe the newly staged coaster track will be for this attraction, another roller coaster from Mack Rides is also rumored for Epic Universe. Located within a land we believe will be themed to the Universal Classic Monsters, this attraction is rumored to be a spinning coaster.

Universal Monsters land, with large main attraction building seen on right

The Universal Monsters land will feature a massive indoor ride in addition to this spinning roller coaster. Recent construction appears to confirm that a new roller coaster is being built, as footers have been installed within the land.

Possible Universal Monsters roller coaster construction

What may be a station and queue structure is taking shape within the Monsters area, in addition to the footers we saw installed in our last update.

Work is picking up steam on the quick service restaurant locations within the Monsters area, including one which is rumored to be themed as the windmill from Frankenstein. This small quick service location is seeing its walls being built.

The entry portal into the Universal Monsters land has taken shape, and now features a clear entry point for guests.

Nintendo area with Donkey Kong on left, Mario Kart on right, and Yoshi at top

Over in Super Nintendo World, the very first pieces of track have been installed for the Yoshi’s Adventure family omnimover ride. This attraction will take guests around an outdoor section of the Mushroom Kingdom.

The first track pieces have been installed along the round load/unload area for the ride. Since this attraction is continuously moving, like The Haunted Mansion at Disney Parks, the load area is a constantly rotating round platform.

Some additional track pieces can be seen within the Nintendo area, but most of the remaining track is still being staged in an area close by.

The Mario Kart attraction building continues to grow as more steel structure has risen. Sections of the ride paths for this indoor two-track dark ride are taking shape and starting to receive poured foundations as well.

Mario Kart attraction construction

The Donkey Kong mine cart roller coaster attraction has received new coaster supports, but no new track has been installed just yet. Foundations for a water feature in front of the ride are starting to take shape now.

Donkey Kong mine cart attraction construction

Donkey Kong mine cart attraction construction

A wide look at all of Super Nintendo World

How to Train Your Dragon area wide view

Another roller coaster that is under construction is at the How to Train Your Dragon area, but it has not had any track installed just yet.

Trench with coaster footings at How to Train Your Dragon

New roller coaster supports have arrived on site, and are being staged near the existing supports and track sections that arrived a few weeks ago. This track is thought to have manufactured by Intamin Rides.

Staged Intamin coaster track

Staged coaster track across the street from Epic Universe site

At the center of the How to Train Your Dragon land, columns have been installed for what we think will be a restaurant themed to the Great Hall as seen in the films.

Great Hall may inspire dining location theme, Image: DreamWorks

Hub fountain on left, ride pit and central water feature on right

Utilities work within two major projects in the center of the theme park have made major strides in the last two weeks. A large fountain display, expected to contain Belagio-style water jets, is receiving its pipework, as well as something permits call a “ride pit” within the dead center of the park.

Fountain display pipe work underway within hub area

The central lagoon is expected to not only contain a water feature, but a large ride building of some sort can be seen in permits and plans for the hub area.

Central water feature carved out within center of park

It’s not known exactly what this supposed “ride” will be, but many have speculated that it could be an indoor carousel. Permits refer to the area below the structure as a “ride pit,” and also say it will contain a “chlorine room.” Recent utilities work show a maze of pipes and more being installed within this area.

Utilities work beneath central water feature

The park’s central hub will be made up of three separate rings, with the fountain at the top, the ride and lagoon in the center, and another lagoon with a large dining location at the bottom, closest to the park’s entrance. This third ring is just now starting to take shape.

The future hotel site at the back of the park continues to be carved out. This large hotel is expected to begin major construction by the end of next month.

The massive attraction within the Wizarding World land continues to grow with every update. This ride is rumored to take place within the British Ministry of Magic. Work is starting to pick up around other areas of this new Wizarding World land as well.

Massive Ministry of Magic attraction structure

The entry portal into the Wizarding World land can now be spotted. Every land will only have one entry portal in or out.

Entry into Wizarding World area

That’s all for this update. A big thank you to Bioreconstruct on Twitter for providing us with these incredible aerial views! Be sure to check out our last update for even more details about this upcoming theme park, and subscribe to the news feed to never miss an update!

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