Universal Orlando Reveals Detailed Images and Animated Fly-Through of Dark Universe

By Yasmene Warren

Something dark and ominous is looming over the ever-growing Epic Universe — and for once, it’s not Orlando’s never-ending thunderstorms! Universal Orlando has just announced details about its latest addition to the theme park slated to open in 2025: Dark Universe. Universal lovers and horror fanatics alike will want to dive into every detail we have on this monstrous new world!

Courtesy: Universal Orlando

What We Know About Dark Universe

Universal is renowned for its ability to accelerate horror to new heights, especially with its annual spooky spectacular, Halloween Horror Nights. Come 2025, however, we’ll be getting a new, year-round terrifying affair to play with called Dark Universe.

Dark Universe explores the shadowy village known as Darkmoor, which is where all of Universal’s famed monsters reside. Prepare to come face to face with Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, and so much more.

entrance to darkmoor with brown lighting

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The frightening stories of these iconic monsters you know and love are getting a chilling new twist. Dark Universe unveils a whole new generation of characters and monsters, such as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein — great-great-granddaughter of the notorious Henry Frankenstein — who continues taking on his atrocious experiments.

blue lightning with monster experiment

Courtesy: Universal Orlando (Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment)

Embark on a monstrous adventure with thrilling attractions, unique shops, tasty restaurants, and exciting character meet and greets that will awaken the undercover horror fan in everyone!

Behind the Doors of Darkmoor

Take a step through the village of Darkmoor’s thrilling portal and be engulfed in only the darkest of energies, leading to its peak at Frankenstein Manor.

Liven the experience and don the looks of your favorite monsters at the Darkmoor Monster Makeup Experience where they specialize in face paint and temporary tattoos for aspiring monsters, young and old. 

dark room with chairs and mirrors like a salon

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Once you've experienced Darkmoor's monster makers, you’ll be one with the monsters themselves at Meet the Monsters where you can see the Bride of Frankenstein, as well as many other unusual creators lurking around the land.

monster meet and greet with characters in costume

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Whirl through the woods of Dark Universe’s new, family-friendly coaster, Curse of the Werewolf, or explore the catacombs of Frankenstein Manor with an intense, in-the-dark ride to escape the grasps of The Mummy, The Creature, and The Wolf Man.

screen with werewolf and bright colors

Courtesy: Universal Orlando

After you've got your fill of scares and horror, you can commemorate the moment at Pretorius’ Scientific Oddities, a retail shop sporting merchandise and mementos that allow you to bring home part of the world of Dark Universe.

Dining at Dark Universe

Feast upon the most fearsome fares at one of the many themed dining locations around Darkmoor. Das Stakehaus hails as the village’s most ominous restaurant as it boasts an extensive dining hall run by vampire familiars. You can find its walls clad in artwork depicting the history of the creatures of the night, and enjoy tastes of kebabs, burgers, sandwiches, and more.

dark dining hall lit with candle chandeliers

Courtesy: Universal Orlando

The Burning Blade Tavern is an old mill transformed into an electrifying eatery by Darkmoor’s monster hunters. Indulge in savory burgers, wings, bratwurst, pretzels, and specialty beverages while tuning into tales of the infamous “Hounds” while surrounded by an array of monster heads — better known as “trophies” by the hunters!

burning windmill with brick walls

Courtesy: Universal Orlando

After escaping Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment, stop by De Lacey’s Cottage, a food stand that once served the original Frankenstein monster himself. Enjoy snacks from cinnamon bread and ice cream, to twisted taters and more!

Animated Fly-Through of Dark Universe

Courtesy: Universal Orlando



The wait for Epic Universe to open its doors is nothing short of anxious, especially when Universal continues to tease new aspects of the park to look forward to. Gone are the days of waiting until Halloween to engage in the harrows and horrors as Dark Universe is bringing them to you year-round.


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