Universal is coming to Texas, folks. Having locations already in Los Angeles, Orlando, Japan, Singapore, and Beijing, Universal announced at the start of the year that Frisco, Texas would be the destination for its latest theme park.
The company stated that the enormous 97-acre site by Universal Parks & Resorts would be “a one-of-a-kind theme park, unlike any other in the world, specifically designed to inspire fun for families with young children” according to the official release on friscotexas.gov.
Tonight, the City of Frisco approved zoning to allow Universal Parks & Resorts (FTVN Corp.) to move forward to develop its ‘one-of-a kind theme park’ specifically designed for families with young children, ages 3 – 11, on 97-acres of land at the northeast https://t.co/XeanJWQ9wl… pic.twitter.com/Rsh9PL3oyo
— City of Frisco,Texas (@CityOfFriscoTx) March 8, 2023
Furthermore, officials revealed that the park would be designed to be more intimate and engaging for younger audiences – as such, it will amount to about the forth of the size of its iconic Orlando parks.
The Frisco experience is expected to include family-friendly attractions, interactive shows, character meet and greets, unique merchandise, and an array of fun food venues as well as plazas, water features, ponds, and an adjacent themed hotel.
Recently, Universal Destinations & Experiences revealed further details about the coming park, including its name: Universal Kids Resort.
Traffic studies for proposed Universal theme park in Frisco, Texas are available on the city's website. Includes site plan with latest parking layout, as well as data on how local traffic will be impacted. Next City Hall meeting is this coming Tuesday. https://t.co/4WRquFNxpv https://t.co/7xnA1QIKKK pic.twitter.com/tYIoTAsEpI
— Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) January 27, 2023
The Frisco theme park is the company’s first park designed specifically for families with young kids.
“The characters that children in this community will grow up loving and get see and touch and be around every single day, it’s going to grow into being the very essence of growing up and living in Frisco,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney.
Orlando compared to Frisco pic.twitter.com/DFDZDWCtTn
— Universal Core (@Universal__Core) March 8, 2023
The park will be half the size of Six Flags Over Texas and amount to about a fourth of its expansive parks in the likes of LA and Orlando.
The scaled-back theme park, reportedly, will be the first of many that the company plan to roll out over the coming years. Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, Mark Woodbury stated that he imagines the park to be a one-to-two-day destination for families.
“You have a fantastic town. It’s vibrant and full of energy and full of young families, which makes it the perfect place for what we are doing,” said Woodbury.
The park is expected open by June 2026.
More information can be found at www.friscotexas.gov.
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